Loadshedding has become more frequent in recent months, with Eskom’s capacity under pressure again and no immediate solution in sight. The inconvenience of scheduled loadshedding aside, there’s also a dangerous aspect to losing power in your home for hours at a time. This is especially true at night. 

Don't be alarmed - but keep your security system armed

The need for alarm systems and armed response is one of the realities of daily life in South Africa - and once the power goes down your home security system will need to stay on at all costs. 

Security aside, not having lights at night can also increase the risk of accidents in the home. 

While avoiding loadshedding is not possible without a generator, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your family’s safety during a blackout. Here are some bright ideas for when the lights go out. 

Secure your home with backup power

Alarm systems and electric fences are essential security features of many Cape Town homes, and the last thing you’ll want is for your security system to go offline during loadshedding. You might also find that your alarm goes off whenever the power comes back on, causing interrupted sleep at 2 am – which nobody wants.

To ensure that your alarm system stays online, first check that the battery in your security system is still holding it’s charge and replace if necessary. You’ll also want to invest in a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) inverter for your home. This type of system is like a big battery that charges itself when the electricity is on and is ready to provide emergency power when loadshedding begins. 

Generate your own electricity 

Most affordable UPS systems will provide anything from 2 to 6 hours of power, depending on their capacity. This should be enough to see you through one round of loadshedding, but it certainly won’t keep the lights on indefinitely. 

Loadshedding sometimes causes long power outages due to damage to substations, and there is always the risk of a partial or total collapse of the power grid when loadshedding enters phase 4, 5, 6 and beyond. 

A generator which produces enough electricity to power your fridge, TV, computers and other essential appliances - as well as a few lamps - could be a lifesaver. 

You’ll want to make sure you have enough fuel to run it for a week or so, and always store the fuel in a safe and accessible location. 

Finally, taking proactive steps like knowing when to expect loadshedding, preparing flasks of tea or coffee in advance, and warming your meals ahead of time can make daily life a lot easier. 

Despite the challenges of loadshedding, we believe that a Cape Town home is still one of the best investments anyone could make. To view our portfolio of residential property in the Mother City, 
contact the Cape Realty team today. 

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