Cheap ways to combat load shedding

Bighit

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How much cheaper is gas than electricity? I understand that it's a difficult comparison as a 1 litre pot of water will boil faster on gas than an electric stove but can someone give a ball park figure?
 

Chris.Geerdts

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How much cheaper is gas than electricity? I understand that it's a difficult comparison as a 1 litre pot of water will boil faster on gas than an electric stove but can someone give a ball park figure?
When there's loadshedding and you need a cup o' tea - priceless
 

BBotha

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How much cheaper is gas than electricity? I understand that it's a difficult comparison as a 1 litre pot of water will boil faster on gas than an electric stove but can someone give a ball park figure?
Our Gas stove is used for cooking food, twice a day, and we use an 48kg bottle of gas every 8 months, at around R1050 per refill.
 

tsume

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Question about using a generator, don't you have to make amendments to your wiring system?
 
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Question about using a generator, don't you have to make amendments to your wiring system?
Only if you connect it into the house wiring, put the gennie on a stoep and run an extension into which you plug lights and TV and you're golden.

DO NOT use an extension cord to plug the genie into your mains wiring.
 

savage

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Question about using a generator, don't you have to make amendments to your wiring system?
It depends on the generator. The generators in the article, can not be connected to a fixed electrical installation (i.e. your DB). You can only connect appliances directly to it.
 

Chris.Geerdts

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Question about using a generator, don't you have to make amendments to your wiring system?
That's if you want to go all out - you buy a generator with a self-starter, put in suitable housing (with exhaust provision), and get an electrician to wire it in, with a 3-way switch (mains, off, generator) and a push-button to start the generator. Only add to the gennie circuitry the priority items you want it to power, or that fall within its capacity.

That's an expensive exercise, so many people just run extensions as other people have mentioned.
 

Odracir

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Good article albeit if it's advertising in disguise. Forum members give good input which is welcoming during these times.
 
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