Load shedding is back and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel (pun intended). Some thought should be given to back up power solutions during this time.
Section 38 of the act allows the trustees “to purchase, hire or otherwise acquire moveable property for the use of owners for their enjoyment or protection, or in connection with the enjoyment or protection of the common property”. We would prefer for the trustees to have a Special Resolution passed as we are of the view that this would amount to a non luxurious improvement to common property per management rule 33.
Generally rather expensive and can be quite noisy. A contract would need to be entered into with a fuel supplier to deliver fuel to the property as well as a contract for a party to service the motor regularly. Some generators switch on automatically when the supply of electricity has been cut, whilst the less sophisticated require a manual over-ride.
Inexpensive in comparison to generators and it can ensure that the common property is illuminated and security systems stay active without any interruption or downtime. An added benefit is that it can provide emergency lighting in the event of a fire (lights are then powered by an inverter battery if the electricity supply is cut by the fire department). In some instances, the lights may need to be changed to LED or other energy efficient types.
Lifts can be modified so that in the event of a power failure, the lift goes to the nearest floor below and opens the doors which will allow passengers to exit. Clients should speak to their portfolio managers, building inspectors or their lift company to see if this feature is compatible to their lift.
POWER OUTAGE TIPS:
- Keep a torch in your car in case you arrive home at night and there is a power outage.
- Ensure that your automated driveway gate has a backup battery.
- Keep the keys to your gate motor in an accessible place. This will be useful should you need to manually open the gate in the event of a power failure.
- Install battery operated lights at strategic points in your home to provide some light during an outage.