Hello all, I know I have been MIA lately, I’ve just been so busy with the kids and work and life really. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.

We’ve been having load shedding for a few months now and even though it’s rather inconvenient at best, it’s super scary to think that we could possibly have a black out for weeks should this problem not be corrected or dealt with. So this got me thinking, what am I doing in my household that can be changed in order to prevent a possible black out. Surely, I can leave appliances off that isn’t being used, put the geyser off at certain times, although some say that putting your geyser off and on everyday uses more electricity. Do I really need to have two televisions on at a time?

Now, we really cannot control when the electricity is shut down in our area or the rest of the country, but here are some useful tips to help make life a little easier when the electricity does go down:

Security and survival tips:

1. Ensure that your cellphone’s are charged and you have enough airtime and data incase of emergencies
2. Ensure that you have a full tank of petrol in your vehicle because petrol stations are not functional in load shedding periods.
3. Ensure that you have some cash available as ATMs are not functional in load shedding periods.
4. Ensure that you have battery operated lights available
5. Ensure that your fences and electric gates are secure and manually operated.

Food and household tips:
1. Ensure that you have candles and battery operated torches available
2. Frozen water bottles can help with keeping your food in the fridge or freezer cold for longer.
3. Keep canned foods available and if you have a gas stove or braai, those items can be essential for emergencies.
4. Ensure that you have basic medication available

If you want to purchase a generator, that’s your choice but personally I think it’s overkill, however if you do decide to purchaser one, the generator must be placed outside and possibly away from your home, as it releases carbon monoxide which can be fatal if inhaled for long periods of time. Please keep that in mind. (Sourced from the ADT and Western Cape Government websites)

Let me know of any survival tips you use in load shedding periods by commenting below, any tips can help the next person.

Stay safe!