The big question everyone is asking as more and more employees gravitate towards working from home and online is “How can we save energy as load shedding gains momentum? The reality is that load shedding is back and let’s be honest, it is disruptive and a downright nuisance on all fronts. Many small businesses and home offices simply don’t have the ready cash to invest in expensive equipment including solar and generators – but is losing power the only option? Many of us are now working from home, and in a world where much is driven by tech, one does not have to lose productivity when the lights go out. There are many smart ideas that you can put into place to lighten power consumption and avoid the loss of large chunks of productivity during load shedding.
No Need to Fork Out a Fortune to Save Energy – Start with Baby Steps
- Seal air leaks and use insulation for your home office or business. When heat seeps out of a warm room you are simply wasting money through the cracks and gaps
- Develop a smart plan to save money on energy in the long and the short-term. Which appliances are consuming the most energy? Find out which are energy guzzlers and take action to reduce the power that these consume wherever possible
- Use the right water heater for your home and home office. It is a smart idea to insulate it and lower the temperature on the geyser
- Lighting could consume a substantial amount of energy. Change all your lighting with energy-efficient lights such as LED globes
- Natural lighting saves on energy. Cut back any foliage to let as much natural light in as possible. Enjoy light and views while saving money. Other ways to conserve energy can be done by insulating your windows correctly. Natural light will flood your home office or business with sunlight while saving on energy bills
- Wherever possible, invest in energy–efficient appliances and office equipment to get the best performance while using lower amounts of energy
It Is Time to Make the Most of Downtime During Load Shedding
- Investing in the correct equipment to do the job when the power goes out is a smart move in the right direction.
- Choose surge protectors for when the power returns. These surge protectors will plug right into the wall socket and are not expensive. The great thing is that surge protectors will ensure your expensive electronic equipment won’t get damaged during dips and surges
- Invest in a UPS or generator for emergency back-up. Generators run by using fuel – take this into account when investing in one
- Solar-powered lights are perfect for when the lights go out. You need not be left in the dark. Simply invest in a couple of LED lights with USB ports to recharge your phone
- Gas is great for cooking and making tea – invest in a small gas table-top stove if you don’t have a gas stove or oven
- Keep a flask of boiled water handy for tea and coffee for when the power goes out
Load shedding is back, and we need to make certain that we are prepared. Save power wherever possible and think out of the box to minimise the frustration of living through a time where we face many challenges on numerous levels. With so many of us working from home now, more than ever, we need to be forearmed.