As load shedding hits phase three and leaves me without power for another evening (soon), I can’t help but feel a bit miffed. But this time I’m going to share a little bit of information that might enlighten (ha!) you, and leaving you feeling a little bit more empowered.
-When power usage goes up, load shedding goes up.
-When power stations go down (maintenance, chickens in the fuel cells), load shedding goes up.
-When you complain, load shedding doesn’t change in any way.
-Eskom can’t save power for later. Well, only very negligible amounts. That would require very big batteries.
-Eskom has to sell all the power it has available to sell, or it can’t finance itself (debatable point regardless).
-Eskom has to keep a little bit of spare capacity, for minor consumption fluctuations. If electricity consumption reaches 100%, bad things happen. (Actually, I welcome an explanation of what exactly bad will happen).
If you don’t understand why Eskom is so inconsistent, it’s because they can’t really predict consumption, and they can’t really predict stations going down. (You’d like to think they could do the first, and definitely the second, but apparently not).
So…what can you do?
Well, if you’re being shed, you don’t have many options. If load shedding isn’t active anywhere, continue as normal, But if load shedding is active somewhere other than where you are:
-Don’t use “extra” power just to spite Eskom, you’re spiting (spite-ing?) your neighbours more.
-Switch off stuff you don’t need. Eskom already asked you to, but do it for the puppies.
-Really, you know how to save power. Switch off stuff you don’t NEED. Google ‘need’.
Right, now go complain on Facebook if you want to. But before you do, go make a difference. Maybe if a few of you go switch off the pool pump you are maliciously running, I’ll be able to play minecraft with my son like I promised (with the geyser lights and tv off).
P.S. In the interests of time and saving electricity, I didn’t proof read this post.