South Africans have been warned to brace themselves this weekend for what Eskom has called a long weekend maintenance festival.
The power utility says a number of generating units will be taken offline while those that have broken down will be repaired.
It says this is to ensure that there is no backlog during winter.
Eskom’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe believes doing this will put more pressure on the grid over the long weekend.
Meanwhile, Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant it a further double digit increase.
This comes hot on the heels of a 12.7% increase which came into effect this month.
Energy saving tips:
Geyser – it guzzles 39% of your monthly energy usage. Switch it off to reduce your energy demand. Don’t forget to insulate the geyser and water pipes.
Shower – it uses less water than bathing and using less hot water means less work for the geyser. Use an energy efficient shower head since it uses less water.
Lighting – replace all your incandescent bulbs with energy saving Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms.
Standby electricity – don’t leave your TV, DVD player, etc. on stand-by mode, they still use up to 50% off their operating power. Rather switch them off at the power switch and don’t forget to unplug your cell phone charger after your phone has been charged or it will continue to draw power.
Refrigeration – close your fridge door quickly so it doesn’t use extra power to get back to its optimal cooling level.