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Eskom makes it 75 days of no load shedding

Oct 24, 2015
Eskom makes it 75 days of no load shedding

Eskom on Saturday morning said that there was a low chance of it resorting to load shedding as the power grid was stable. Except for two hours and twenty minutes, the power utility has now not implemented load shedding for consecutive 75 days - an unprecedented feat in the past 12 months when it re-introduced rolling blackouts.

The power utility however warned of rising summer temperatures placing strain on the power system.

"As daytime temperatures begin to rise, especially between 10am and 5pm, we urge all South Africans to partner with us to save 10% of their electricity usage throughout the day," it appealed.
Air conditioning at home
Residential air conditioning users can apply the same principles stated above to reduce their energy consumption. Cool down the "bricks and mortar" of the house early in the morning by making use of the cool outside air: open doors and windows and use the air conditioner's fan to circulate the fresh morning air through the house.
As a result, the house will take longer to heat up as outside temperatures rise, thereby putting off the need for the air conditioner's chillers to take effect.

How to (almost) avoid using an air conditioner

It is surprising to realize how many measures can be taken to control the indoor temperature without having to resort to air conditioning.
Buildings themselves can be used to "store" coolness. By shading a building from the outside by means of trees, horizontal metal blinds, awnings or heat reflecting film on windows, direct sunlight is prevented from heating the interior. The outside temperature will rise much quicker than the inside temperature, once again delaying the need for air conditioning.
Ceiling insulation is one of the most effective ways of beating the heat. Proper insulation slows the process down of heat entering a building through the roof, while in winter preventing hot air from escaping through the roof.
Appliances and equipment, such as urns, computers, copiers and lights all give off heat while in operation. Therefore, switching them off when they are not in use would further cool down the temperature inside a room or a building.