[I just want to show you the ass-about-face way, or the tail-wagging-the-dog, way that South Africa actually runs. It runs in an upside-down manner. Eskom, our parastatal electricity provider, which ran fine under white rule, currently can't provide enough power for us, and despite a massive beating that we took economically with the lockdowns, we are getting back to load shedding … the politically correct, junk term, for rolling blackouts due to producing too little electricity. And remember, electricity has been generated in the Western world for well over 100 years. It's not exactly rocket science, it's nothing new. But the clowns, liars and fools over here can't manage to get it right. Anyhow, these losers, punks, fools, idiots, loafers … etc … have the cheek to come and tell you, how you can do your things better! They can't generate enough electricity … but they come to tell you how you can use it better and they give you advice on using less of it! If they did their job properly in the first place, WHICH WE PAY THEM FOR BY THE WAY … all would be well. We pay them, and we never get refunds for power outages. But they tell us, we must use less electricity, and then they tell us how to run our lives. Pretty cheeky for a BIG BUNCH OF LOSERS wouldn't you say? So read this. An email I got from Eskom on how to run my pool pump better so that I use less electricity. Meanwhile, I generate my own electricity with my own solar panels and battery bank that I hacked together and paid for. Jan]
This is the Eksom email:
Preparing and maintaining your pool for summer
Wednesday, 16 September 2020: Spring is officially in the air, the sun is once again warming our skins and if you are a swimming pool owner, you are starting to prepare your pool for the warm months ahead. The cost of maintaining your pool can fluctuate depending on many variables such as material the pool is made of, that waterfall you had put in, the overall design, and most of all the size. However, that doesn’t mean your operating costs are set in stone the moment your pool is finished. These factors set the baseline for your monthly maintenance bill, however there are some energy management actions you can take to use electricity smartly and in the long run reduce your average monthly bill.
Below are some energy efficient tips that will enable you to make the best of the spring season:
We encourage you to set your pool pump to run outside of 5pm to 9pm, the period of peak demand for electricity in South Africa, whilst still allowing your pool pump to filter the water twice in a 24-hour period, when pool is used.
If an average household reduces their pool pump operating time by one hour per day, the annual demand reduction will be around 274kWh or approximately R680.00 saving, depending on your electricity tariff. By taking these energy efficient steps, you will use electricity smartly and can help to reduce the possibility and impact of loadshedding.
Loadshedding or a power outage may affect the settings on your timers fitted to appliances. . When the power has been restored to your home you need to check your timer to ensure that the time settings are still accurate and that the pool pump or geyser is set to operate outside of 5pm to 9pm.
Remember to keep an eye out and respond to the real-time Power Alert messages on SABC, eTV and DStv to help manage the strain of the electricity system. Together we can make a difference and keep the lights on.