Saturday, May 25

Loadshedding Survival Kit: How to Survive Load Shedding with Solar Power


Eskom’s dreaded regular blackouts appear to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. Which means, there is no better time than now to become more energy conscious and put loadshedding solutions in place to ensure you have back-up power when Eskom turns off the lights. If you’re looking for the perfect solution why not take matters into your own hands by exploring energy-efficient power options such as solar solutions?

Solar is becoming more accessible and could alleviate a lot of the stress associated with loadshedding. Not only is loadshedding negatively affecting South Africans across the country, but the rising cost of electricity is also a major factor that will have a longer-term impact.

Solar Geyser

Solar energy is an ideal solution when it comes to saving on electricity costs, because not only do most areas in the country have an average of more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, but there are now many innovative solar kit options on the market that are geared to make life with loadshedding easier.

Here are 5 ways to get started on a solar-driven, more energy-efficient lifestyle:

Invest in a solar kit

solar kits

Cut your electrical bill and be in control during power failures with a hybrid backup power solar kit. These backup solar power solutions are the ultimate facility for generating solar power, either connected to the grid or off-the-grid, and ensuring 100% automatic backup power during power failures. You choose when you want to use solar energy, when you want to draw from your battery bank, and when you want to get electricity from the grid.

Get started on your solar journey with PriceCheck.

Keep the lights on

solar lights

Investing in a couple of good solar lights is an easy and affordable way to ensure you have light when loadshedding strikes after dark. So, which ones do you choose? Well, luckily enough you’re spoilt for choice with a variety of indoor and outdoor options.

Portable solar lamps and lanterns (with their own solar panels) are ideal for use inside the home. Just keep in mind that these must be charged outside during the day and then brought inside at night to be used wherever you need them. When it comes to your garden or patio, a flood or wall light is your best option. These, however, must be placed in a sunny position to ensure that the solar panel soaks up as much light as possible during the day.

Forget cold showers

Solar Geyser

Solar geysers have been around for years already, but adoption has been low due to the high operating costs. However, with another 15% electricity hike on the way, this energy-efficient solution is starting to look comparatively more affordable. If your monthly electricity bill comes in at around R2,000, you could save up to R600 per month by using a solar-powered geyser.

Say yes to a Solar Hybrid fridge

Solar Hybrid fridge

Brands like Defy have also made it that much easier to be energy efficient while keeping your food cold and fresh and reducing spoilage. The Defy Solar Hybrid range, including refrigerator and chest freezer can help to reduce your monthly electricity bill by up to 44%. Despite being solar-powered, the Solar Hybrid range operates a little differently from other solar appliances on the market – they run directly off solar panels during the day when the sun is out and revert to the electrical grid at night when it is dark. You can also rest assured that you’re covered during load shedding (even at night) because the Solar Hybrid range keeps food frozen at optimal levels for up to 40 hours when there is no power, thanks to its endura-chill technology.

Stay connected

smartphone headset

Nothing is more frustrating in the digital age than having your phone die and not being able to charge it. One way to do keep your phone juiced up during load shedding is with a solar phone charger. It can be used on the dashboard of your car, on a windowsill or anywhere there is sunlight. Make sure the battery is fully charged before nightfall, especially if your load shedding slot is after dark and you’ll be ready to charge your phone in a bind.


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