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Protect yourself from Load Shedding with Kestrel

12 May 2021

Since 2008, South Africans have been preparing themselves for load shedding. That is 13 years of planned blackouts and purchasing of candles, paraffin, matches and rechargeable lights.

It is apparent that load shedding is not going anywhere anytime soon it is best to go with the flow instead of fighting the current.

This is why we offer you the solution of uninterrupted power with the Mercer Inverter.

Uninterrupted Power Solutions

There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day to a dark, powerless house or losing power in the middle of your favourite TV show – and it was just at the good part too!

This is why, at Kestrel, we recommend the Mercer Modified Sine Wave Inverter to our clients. When fully charged, the inverter offers up to 1920 watt-hours of power. This is enough to power your low drain devices for up to four hours including:

However, the usage is limited to a total of 720 watts at any given time so be sure not to load too many electrical devices onto the inverter at the same time or some will be left powerless.

The easy plug-and-play principle does not only apply to your favourite USB devices anymore but also to the Mercer Inverter. All you need to do is plug the inverter into a wall socket near your preferred devices and connect them to the inverter when load shedding strikes!

This way you can continue catching up on your favourite series, playing the new game you just downloaded and charge your phone to avoid the load shedding blues.

Give us a call and put an end to the powerless nights with the Mercer Inverter for only R6,999 each.

How to Reduce Electricity Consumption

Even though we hate load shedding, it is necessary to reduce the strain being placed on the electrical grid. This is why it is important to reduce electricity consumption whenever possible.

And, as an added bonus, not only will there be less load shedding but you will also save some money on your utility bill!

1. Turn Down the Heat

We all love a hot shower but the geyser is the largest electricity consumer in the house and, as such, the most costly.

A geyser in an average household consisting of four members uses approximately 9.24kWh per day and represents up to 40% of your total electricity bill per month.

But the best way to cut down on geyser costs is to switch the geyser off when it is not in use. Even when no one is home during the day, the geyser continues to regulate itself to keep your water hot and ready to use.

By only switching your geyser on when you need to use it you will save a significant amount of money.

In addition to this, you can also adjust the temperature setting on the geyser. This means that the geyser will not need to heat itself up as often. Just by slightly reducing your geyser’s heat, you may see a 5% reduction in your electricity bill.

2. Turn to LEDs

Did you know that LED bulbs use up to 75% less power than traditional CFL light bulbs?

Lights are something that we often use without thought which is why this statistic is even scarier to consider. Think of all the times you forgot the bathroom light on or left the patio light on during the day.

Eveready offers a series of LED and power-saving lightbulbs in their lighting range offering power-saving advantages in addition to 20,000 hours of lamp life.

So, after you have changed your lightbulbs to LEDs, it is time to practice turning off unneeded lights in the home!

3. Unplug and Switch Off

When you switch off your TV it doesn’t truly power down – the appliance simply goes into standby or rest mode. This means that the appliance continues to draw power even if it is not in use.

By leaving your appliances in standby mode, they can still draw up to 20% of their normal power usage even when not in use.

The best way to counter this is to unplug the appliance from the wall when it is not in use. This is especially great for less frequently used appliances like the microwave or kettle.

4. Upgrade your Technology

While many people enjoy keeping up with the latest technology, there are some who prefer to stick to the technology that they know and love.

However, older technology is not as energy conscious as newer technology which means that by keeping older appliances you are burning a hole in your utility bill.

According to research, a 19-inch LED TV consumes approximately 32 watts per hour, an LCD TV consumes 45 watts per hour and an old CRT TV consumers 90 watts per hour.

This means, on average, an LED TV is 50% more power-efficient than an LCD TV and 300% more efficient than a CRT TV.

It’s time to get with the times and cut down on your electricity consumption!


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