Tips to make it through load shedding

People all over South Africa are affected by the recent power cuts since the implementation of stage three load shedding after the collapse of one of Eskom’s silos in Mpumalanga.


Derek Wilson, Head of, says, “Power cuts do not just cause inconvenience in terms of not having electricity, they can also cause irreparable damage your appliances. Make it through the load-shedding period with these helpful tips:


  • Purchase power surge plugs for your more expensive appliances such as refrigerators, plasma screen televisions and surround sound systems
  • Unplug all appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, hairdryers, laptops, television sets and microwaves when they are not in use
  • If you do not experience power cuts at your workplace, charge your devices such as laptops and cellphones at work rather than at home
  • Invest in a power bank (small power storage device) which provides an additional power source to charge devices such as laptops and cellphones and cameras
  • Keep candles, lighters or matches and flashlights in an easily accessible place such as the dining room table or bedside table, so that you know exactly where they are once the lights go off
  • Get extra ice and ice packs for your fridge and freezer to minimize the risk of perishables spoiling – if you have home contents cover check that your insurer covers you for replacing spoilt food in your fridge and/or freezer
  • Ensure that you have back-up batteries for your alarm system and electric fencing as it may affect the outcome of a claim if not functional during the time of an incident occuring


“If you have household insurance, you can rest assured by knowing that your household appliances are covered against power surge damage. Ensure that you have the best cover for your household appliances by comparing from a range of household insurance providers on At least 8 out of 10 Hippo customers have saved an average of R348 per month on their home and car insurance,” concludes Wilson.


Established in 2007, is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427 per month* on their car insurance. makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


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Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).


*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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