Eskom looks set for day six of no load shedding

JULY 6, 2015

Eskom on Monday morning said that there was a low probability that it will implement load shedding - which will likely make it the sixth day without blackouts.

"The load shedding prognosis for today is low and is dependent on the performance of the power plant. Thank you for saving electricity," the power utility tweeted in morning.

Eskom last implemented load shedding in June - against its promise that it would not load shed in the winter months.

On Friday,  the power utility announced that it was taking advantage of the country’s power system, that is currently stable, to perform maintenance without implementing load shedding.

“As we are currently experiencing cold weather conditions across the country, we urge electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm,” Eskom also said.

In winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. The utility appealed to its customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 6am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

HERE is how you can save on your electricity bill.

- additional reporting