LIFESTYLE NEWS - Eskom implemented stage one and two load-shedding last week after the workers strike interrupted power in some parts of the country.
The power utility announced that they were doing everything they could to curb this issue and that power will be fully operational after 10 days. This means that certain areas will still have times where there’s no electricity.
These life hacks could help if you find yourself in a sticky situation.
1. Charge your phone using a laptop or power bank
If the power goes out and you need to charge your phone you can use your laptop and a USB cord or a power bank. Most smartphones these days come with chargers that become USB cables that detach to the plug. Make sure your laptop has battery power or that your power bank is fully charged.
2. Let there be light
If you do not want to use candles as a light source, make sure you invest in solar powered or battery power LED lights. You can find them at virtually any grocery store and they come in very handy when you need a safe and reliable light source during a power outage.
3. Keep warm even if there is no power
There are a few ways to keep warm during a power outage. The obvious options are to stay under the blankets to retain heat and wear warm clothes. A gas heater is also a great source of warmth and doesn’t require any electricity.
4. Store food in a cooler bag
Although load shedding is not meant to last for too long in a day, sometimes food in your fridge can be spoiled in just a few hours when there’s no power. The best method is to take a cooler bag or bucket and put some ice in it to store the items you need to keep cold or frozen. You may also use your sink or bath and fill it with ice.
5. Keep your room insulated
When there’s no power, the best way to retain heat in your room is to make sure you close any doors or windows where the cold draft could seep in. You can use blankets or towels to cover doors and windows – this will help insulate the room.
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