For South Africans, load shedding is a reality; however, there is a bright side to this dark cloud. Here are a few ways on how you can save money during load shedding:
Switch to gas: Apart from the instant heat that it provides when cooking, it also has a higher heating value, allowing you to heat your home at a lower cost. You can also buy gaslights, which will provide effective lighting.
Plan ahead: plan your travel according to load shedding schedules (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/). By doing so you can make sure that you have everything you need (food, fuel etc.) and avoid unnecessary trips which will save you fuel and money.
Turn to nature: As your home entertainment systems such as the TV, radio and computers are not working during load shedding, find alternative ways to keep you and the rest of the family busy without spending too much. Go for a hike, bike ride or a relaxing picnic. During the week, you can go for a walk if it is still light outside, just make sure that you are in a safe, secure environment, and do not attempt to walk on your own. Board games are also a great idea as you can play by candlelight and will keep everyone entertained.
Switch off your phone: If your Wi-Fi is affected due to the power-outages, then rather switch your phone off or do not switch on your mobile data as this could cost you. Rather do your updates and download videos and photos during times when the power is back on.
Wait it out: Rather than going to a restaurant or to the shops to kill time, wait it out by catching up on reading (during daytime or by good battery or candlelight) or take a nap. Going out will cost money so rather stay put until the power is back on.
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