State-owned energy supplier Eskom recently unveiled their very first app. But what could customers who only consume electricity gain from downloading the mobile application? Well, a lot actually.

The app is available for free to customers, suppliers and employees, and with it you will be able to calculate your monthly consumption, the strain on the grid and what household appliances you should be switching off the reduce consumption – after building your own power profile.

“We built the app to give electricity customers and users better and more direct access to information that applies to their own consumption profile,” said Sal Laher, Eskom CIO and divisional executive for the Group Information Technology Division, in a press statement.

Available for Android and iOS devices together with a mobi site for feature phones, the ‘MyEskom’ app not only shows relevant information, but it has an option for you to talk to Eskom directly through the ‘Talk to Eskom’ button.

MyEskom's mobi site
MyEskom’s desktop site.

As great as the app sounds, the power provider is well aware that it needs to constantly evolve in order to keep up with the demands of its customers. Having over 1 000 downloads in less than 24 hours, the biggest function missing for pre-paid customers is the ability to buy electricity vouchers through the app.

“Eskom plans to enhance the app to include meter readings being entered; buying prepaid electricity directly; and regular updates about the status of the system. The app will aid in educating users to understand how they can consume electricity in a more efficient manner,” Laher added.

But you don’t have to be a registered consumer to be make use of the information. Accessing the www.myeskom.co.za website it will locate in which suburb the connection has been made from, and will give grid information relevant to the suburb. You will also find an updated load shedding link and power outage information.

[Source – Fin24]
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