The Kouga Municipality and Eskom’s geyser control project currently being implemented in Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay to help manage electricity demand during evening peak time, is making good progress.
The project management thanks residents who have already agreed to support the project. A total of 2656 geyser control units has already been installed. It still needs to install approximately 3900 units to reach its intended target.
TheKouga Local Municipality requests residents to join forces with Eskom and the Municipality by supporting the programme aimed at connecting geyser control units (also called switches or relays) to their geysers. The device switches off the power supply to geysers during times of peak demand, namely between 6 pm and 8 pm.
The Kouga Local Municipality and Eskom appointed Escotek Services, an Energy Services Company (ESCo), to implement the programme in the municipal area. According to Moses Morotolo from Escotek, qualified electricians and trained installers will visit homes in the following areas during July and August 2014 to install the relays.
- Wave Crest
- Marina Martinique
- Ferreira Town
- Old Town
- Outeniqua Villas
- Fountains Estate
- Ocean View flats
- Jeffreys Bay retirement village
- Jeffreys Bay – Ons Tuiste
- Aston Bay
- Paradise Beach
Re-visits are also planned to all the areas to reach residents who were not at home during previous visits.
The following procedures are followed:
a) The geyser control switch is installed next to the distribution board in the house. Provision is made for the installation of such a device in the Municipality’s bylaws.
b) A qualified contractor with a Kouga Local Municipality, Eskom and Escotek identity card will do the installation. It is free of charge and takes approximately 30 minutes. The power of the house will be switched off before installation and switched on again after the installation is completed.
c) The contractor does not work on the geyser itself and the installation has no effect on electrical equipment and appliances.
d) Installations will not be done in homes with timer switches or solar geysers.