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Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, gey­sers, stoves and fridges use up the most elec­tric­ity in a house­hold. While so­lar PV sys­tems and gen­er­a­tors are an op­tion, gas may be an­other al­ter­na­tive you could con­sider. This will not only help you when there is load-shed­ding, but also re­sults in less elec­tric­ity be­ing used when elec­tric­ity is avail­able.

Ac­cord­ing to Petrus Shivambu, mar­ket­ing and CSC manager at Easi­gas, the most com­mon house­hold ap­pli­ances peo­ple use gas for are gas stoves, gey­sers, braais and heaters.

Asked how much gas it would take to keep all the above ap­pli­ances run­ning dur­ing load-shed­ding, he re­sponds: “It ’s fairly dif­fi­cult to es­ti­mate with­out the ex­act us­age pat­terns, how­ever, in­stal­la­tion of two 48kg gas cylin­ders for a house is popular and suf­fi­cient.”

Depend­ing on where you buy it, this amount of gas could cost you be­tween R2 500 and R3 500 in­clud­ing the gas cylin­ders. Once the cylin­ders are empty, most sup­pli­ers al­low you to re­turn them and get your cylin­der de­posit back.

While gas i s an op­tion, i t has been re­ported that there are short­ages in gas sup­ply due to con­straints at oil re­finer­ies.

“De­mand for LP [liq­ue­fied petroleum] gas in­creases dur­ing win­ter months, sup­ply get stretched dur­ing this pe­riod. If we have planned or un­planned re­fin­ery shut­downs, short­ages in sup­ply is ex­pe­ri­enced in the in­dus­try. How­ever, Easi­gas im­ports LP gas in or­der to meet its cus­tomer re­quire­ments and cover the sup­ply short­ages,” he says.

For safety rea­sons, it is vi­tal that con­sumers en­sure their gas is in­stalled by the right per­son. “Buy your gas from an au­tho­rised gas dealer – not from ‘rogue gas fillers’ – your gas in­stal­la­tion must be done by an au­tho­rised gas in­staller. Get your gas ap­pli­ances reg­u­larly checked for leaks ac­cord­ing to the user man­ual,” Shivambu ad­vises.

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