In darkness there lies opportunity

2008-04-04 00:00

Since November 2007, I have been overseas a lot and, having now returned, I have learned about Eskom’s difficulties. However sad it is, it seems that Eskom needs help and in offering mine, I trust I am not repeating what others have been saying.

When I was in England recently, I discovered that the electricity supplier offers lower charges for usage at off-peak periods. It is called night storage rates. Wouldn’t this help to introduce a discount for overnight power usage? You wouldn’t have to keep telling us, via advertising, to switch our geysers off, etc, we would automatically do it. So you would save advertising costs as well. No doubt the cost of introducing such a scheme would be large, but think of the savings in power usage during the peak periods.

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