The sound of emergency power generators starting up around the suburbs are an audible reminder to Covid-weary South Africans that things are returning to ‘normal’.
Despite assurances earlier this year that there would be no ‘load-shedding’ during lockdown, the power grid is buckling again, as a freezing winter – and some industries returning to work – push demand to higher levels. Mid-July saw the return of daily power failures, with no indication of when or if they will end.
In the early part of the lockdown, Eskom was able to do more maintenance than initially planned. The company said it had done three times as much maintenance as before the lockdown, since the pandemic had cut electricity demand by 20%.
There is, of course, the threat that more power will be needed as the lockdown eases – so sparing use of electricity during peak times is still a good idea. Every watt saved is a watt that doesn’t have to be generated.
Power disruptions, for whatever reason, are never pleasant, but if we pull together, we can lighten the load on the grid by being energy-savvy.
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