With winter upon us, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality wishes to appeal to all residents of Nelson Mandela Bay for their cooperation in reducing demand on our electricity supply. This will help prevent power outages and load shedding and also assist the Municipality in its vital task of supporting Eskom in its drive to implement energy efficient demand side management.
By consuming power sparingly, especially in severe weather conditions, such as extreme cold, the public can help ensure that blackouts and outages are avoided. Please note that the electricity network is particularly vulnerable during evening peak hours, which is between 18:00 to 20:00. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality accordingly appeals to residents to use electricity sparingly this winter, especially between 17:30 and 20:00 in the evenings. This applies to all households, irrespective whether or not the geysers have been fitted with electricity saving devices (ripple control units). If we work together, we can prevent black-outs and load-shedding!
Residents in the more than 90 000 households in Nelson Mandela Bay in which geysers have been fitted with electricity-saving devices (ripple control units) are also requested to note that the switching-off cycle will now run between 17:30 and 20:00 (previously 18:00 to 20:00). The Municipality has decided to extend the switching-off cycle by half an hour, as in winter-time the demand increases rapidly from 17:30 when residents arrive home from work and then start preparing meals, switching on their lights and geysers. In the morning cycle, geysers fitted with electricity saving devices will still be automatically switched off between 08:00 and 10:00. This programme will run over the winter season, from June to August on weekdays, excluding public holidays and weekends. Phase Three of the geyser control programme will be implemented soon, in terms of which geysers in another 12 000 households in Nelson Mandela Bay will be fitted with electricity saving devices.
Some electricity saving tips for residents (geysers fitted with electricity saving devices, and general applicances):
- Adjust your geyser timer to avoid receiving cold water at 20:00.
- Refrain from using a lot of hot water between 17:30 and 20:00 .
- As a geyser loses heat very slowly when not in use, try switching on your geyser for only one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening to save electricity.)
- Make use of a good quality geyser blanket (some blankets are not effective).
- Reduce your temperature setting to between 50 and 55 degrees Celsius. However, if your geyser is on a timer, rather keep the temperature between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius.
- Use low flow shower-heads.
- Reduce your fridge’s temperature, defrost regularly and make sure all the rubber seals are in good working order.
- Position your fridge in a well ventilated area to reduce electricity consumption.
The Municipality wishes to thank all residents for their continuous support and cooperation in energy conservation.