App Review: Gridwatch
This morning Eskom hit the unsuspecting and still sleepy citizens of South Africa with a bout of load shedding. And the people where understandably not happy.
Just woke up and the electricity switched off. I CAN'T EVEN HAVE COFFEE.
— Miss Andrist (@ZanyJoe) April 14, 2015
6am – 8am loadshedding means getting ready for work in the dark and sitting in the worst traffic all before you even had your morning coffee
— Liezel (@Elle__K) April 14, 2015
So the fun news, is that they are loadshedding from 6am – 10pm, basically all day. Urgh!
Now I may be biased but I work with very clever people and guess what? They made an app for that! Yes, I agree with y’all when you say loadshedding should not be something that we just accept to be normal because eff that to be honest. But you know, it’s nice to be prepared and our guys and girls have built an amazing app. I give you…Gridwatch.
It’s quite simple yet efficient and it has everything you need to know to make loadshedding a bit less painful. I don’t mind loadshedding so much if I’m prepared for it. If it falls around The Munchkin’s supper and bath time, we make sure the geyser has been on at least an hour before so there’s warm water. We make sure that the emergency lights have been charged and I get our supper ready so that we can eat at our usual time. Luckily we also have a gas stove so at least mealtimes are not that big a deal. But with winter coming up I’m a bit concerned about the heat situation. I’m going to have to stock up on warm, snuggly things for The Munchkin.
So back to the app. My favourite part are the notifications. You’ll get alerts for:
- If there is loadshedding scheduled for the day.
- When loadshedding has started.
- A 30 minute notification before your area is due to be hit.
You can save various locations that you need to be notified for so I have: Home, Work and Athlone (my mom’s house).
If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place (maybe you went to a business meeting in Joburg for some reason – I don’t know your life) and you don’t know which zone you’re in, you can do a quick search either by suburb name or by whichever city you find yourself in and navigate from there.
It’s only available for Android at the moment (coming soon for iPhone) via the Play Store. And it’s free. You’re welcome.