DIG­I­TAL

Is pay-as-you-go elec­tric­ity a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to re­duc­ing camp­ing tar­iffs?

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Peo­ple are quick to com­plain that camp­ing tar­iffs are “too high”. But what can you do to pay less for your stand? Our Face­book friends chat about the pos­si­bil­ity of pre­paid elec­tric­ity.

Martin Bam

Cur­rently a fam­ily with ba­sic elec­tri­cal equip­ment also pay for those who bring air cons and tum­ble dry­ers when they camp. Re­duce the per head tar­iff and let peo­ple buy pre­paid elec­tric­ity for their lux­u­ries.

Kobus Horn

So what will campers then pay per per­son per day? Your elec­tric­ity is al­ready in­cluded in the fixed camp­ing tar­iff. If you now have to pay for pre­paid elec­tric­ity it’s go­ing to be an as­tro­nom­i­cal amount per day.

Frikkie and Marisa Pot­gi­eter

I’m willing to do it but then camp­ing tar­iffs need to be sub­stan­tially less. At the mo­ment camp­sites bud­get for the guy who goes camp­ing with his air con­di­tioner and a range of other things.

Hein­rich Ger­icke

Yes, I like this plan. It’ll make my neigh­bour think twice be­fore go­ing to sleep with his out­side lights still burn­ing. I some­times won­der if peo­ple do this at home too.

Rhona Prinsloo Oh no, re­ally? I don’t think it’s a good idea. Camp­ing is the only type of hol­i­day most peo­ple can af­ford th­ese days. What next? Helen van Niek­erk

It’s al­ready be­come so ex­pen­sive to camp. And now we have to pay ex­tra for elec­tric­ity? For me that’s not an op­tion.

Cathe­rina Wait

As re­sort owner it sounds like a good idea to me. Campers come to us with a va­ri­ety of elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances – from wash­ing ma­chines to ice mak­ers and air con­di­tion­ers. And then they pay the same as the guy who uses a gas bot­tle to power his lights. Pre­paid elec­tric­ity will even the play­ing field.

Ernst FW Pi­ater This sounds like a way to pay for what you use. I have no prob­lem with this. Pi­eter Boshoff

I think resorts should have stands with thicker ca­bles and big­ger cir­cuit break­ers at higher tar­iffs for campers who bring their air con­di­tion­ers and wash­ing ma­chines. Leave the rest of the stands at a lower tar­iff for those who camp with­out th­ese things.

Philip Coen­raad Fourie

It’s a good idea and I hope that we can again camp like we used to with­out all of those bright flood­lights and the elec­tri­cal stuff that’s ac­tu­ally un­nec­es­sary. I sug­gest you start with about R60’s elec­tric­ity on the house and when it’s fin­ished, you have to pay in.

Neels Nel

I’ll gladly pay for what I use. As far as pos­si­ble I use the bare min­i­mum, just like at home. Why would I sud­denly be­come waste­ful just be­cause some­one else is pay­ing for it? It’s this kind of at­ti­tude that leads to bath­rooms and camp­sites some­times look­ing so filthy.

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