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No load shedding currently taking place
 Friday, 29 May 2015: There is currently no planned load shedding as Eskom has enough generating capacity to meet the demand.
Eskom is pleased to announce that we were able to go through yesterday’s morning and evening peak demand periods without having to go into load shedding thereby averting load shedding for the day.
We would like to thank our customers for their patience and support in using electricity sparingly during the early morning and evening peak periods. Every little bit of savings goes a long way in assisting us to manage the demand and supply of electricity and to eliminate load shedding.
In winter the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times. We appeal to all our 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 06:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 21:00
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.
You could save up to 10% on your electricity bill without spending a cent – follow this checklist:
Hot water:
·         Turn down the thermostat on your electrical element geyser to 60°C
·         Don’t use hot water for tasks you can accomplish with cold water - such as rinsing dishes and vegetables
·         Only use hot water for cleaning tasks that really need it, like washing your hands
Fridge freezer:
·         Set your fridge to 3°C – any lower and it will use more electricity than necessary
·         Make sure the seals of your fridge and freezer doors are intact
·         Don’t open the door unnecessarily
·         Place your fridge somewhere cool - away from sun-facing walls and windows, and as far as possible from the stove
·         Defrost your chest freezer twice a year; upright freezers should be defrosted three times a year
·         Don’t overfill your fridge or freezer; only use 90% of its capacity
Living rooms and bedrooms:
·         Always switch off lights in unoccupied rooms
·         Unplug all appliances you are not using
·         Don’t leave computers, TVs and DVD players on standby – if you do, these appliances use up to 50% of the power they normally use
·         Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to optimise natural light and postpone switching on artificial lighting until it gets dark