What’s the True Cost of a Power Outage?

Did you know that power outages cost American households $150 billion annually with weather-related outages accounting for $25-$75 billion per year? Eight-seven percent of power outages are caused by severe weather.

New research from Johns Hopkins shows that New York City and other metro areas could see a 40 to 50 percent increase in power outages, due to the nation’s aging power grid and worsening weather patterns. Emergency backup power is essential for homeowners to prevent destruction. Generators provide power to run necessary household items and can save homeowners from spending thousands of dollars on home repairs.

Respondents of a Briggs & Stratton survey reported the following common costs during a power outage:

  • 40% had to replace spoiled food
  • 29% incurred costs for emergency supply purchases to protect their home and family during the power outage (including candles, flashlights, firewood, etc.)
  • 16% invested in a portable generator
  • 13% lost wages from having to take time off work
  • 11% reported property damage
  • 8% reported having to pay for a hotel room during the power outage

Other research reported the following costly repairs:

  • $10K – burst or frozen pipes
  • $21K – flooded finished basement
  • $30K-$300K – mold remediation/removal
  • $250-$500 – spoiled food
  • $110/night (average) – alternative shelter (hotel stay)

Not only do power outages cause a major inconvenience, but they can also impact your funds, especially if you are not prepared. Owning a generator can give you peace of mind during a blackout. Contact us today to learn how you can protect your home with the proper backup power during a storm, whether it is with a portable generator or an automatic standby generator.

 

Photo Credit: www.popularmechanics.com

Photo Credit: www.popularmechanics.com

Resource:

http://greathurricaneblowout.org/kohlersweeps/pdf/The_Cost_of_Power_Outages_Infographic.pdf

Avoid the Dangers of a Winter Power Outage

With temperatures in the single digits and predictions of snow in the weather forecast, owning a generator during the winter season can keep you and your family warm and safe during a winter power outage. If your power goes out, your automatic backup generator will turn on immediately, keeping your lights and heat on during the storm. Here are some other ways you can protect your home with a generator:

  • Ice, snow and freezing rain can often cause hazardous traveling conditions for you as well as emergency responders and utility companies. You could experience a long delay if you call them for help during bad weather. Your generator helps you prepare for emergencies in advance by providing you with power to run necessary appliances to keep your home and family safe and protected before the snow starts.
  • A generator can also help you avoid the risk of frozen pipes, which may occur when the heat goes out. A frozen pipe can cause water damage in your home and lead to costly repairs. It can also cut off your access to running water.
  • A generator eliminates the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires that can occur with kerosene heaters and other items that people use as alternative ways to heat their home.
  • There isn’t a need to worry about spoiled food when you have backup power available. You won’t have to throw out your groceries or worry about becoming ill from spoiled food. Your refrigerator and food will be safe!

Automatic standby generators are an important investment for your home. Avoid the inconvenience and weatherproof your home in advance. Contact us today to find out how a generator can make a difference in keeping you and your family safe during this cold and snowy winter season and beyond.

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Fall in Line with Your Generator Maintenance

fall season

From the colorful leaves on the trees to the crisp mornings and chilly nights, the fall season is officially here and that means winter is soon to follow.

As the temperature drops, you’ll want to make sure your home is prepared for the colder months. You may have experienced power outages in the summer, but harsh winter weather can also cause a blackout, leaving you stuck at home without electricity. The fall season is the perfect time to ensure that your generator is ready. Start preparing your generator today for the cold weather, freezing temperatures and snow guaranteed to come in the near future.

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If you do own a generator, you may notice that your generator may have a difficult time starting and running during cold weather. Get your generator ready during the fall season with these maintenance tips below:

  • You may spend some time raking leaves and cleaning your yard, but make sure to clear all leaves from around your automatic generator. The accumulation of snow, leaves and other debris must not be allowed to obstruct the air flow into or the exhaust out of the generator enclosure.  Obstruction of proper air flow can cause overheating and shutdown the generator.
  • Stay on top of the scheduled maintenance and keep an extra quart of oil on hand.
  • Contact us for cold weather accessories.
    • Engine Crankcase Warmer – the thermostatically controlled 40 watt heater maintains optimal engine oil temperature for more reliable generator starting in extreme cold conditions. It also reduces wear & tear on the starter, by promoting faster and easier engine starting.
    • Engine Crankcase Warmer and Battery Warmer (Cold weather kit) – a thermostatically controlled 50 watt battery warmer maintains optimal battery temperature along with the crankcase warmer described above, help ensure easier and more reliable generator starting in extreme cold conditions.

You don’t want to wait until a winter storm hits to find out you’re not prepared. A standby generator is convenient and will give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll still have heat and electricity if the power goes out. If you need a generator installed or you have maintenance questions, give us a call.

 

 

 

Exercising Your Generator for Peak Performance

Automatic Standby Generator

Automatic Standby Generator

Your generator needs to exercise, just as we do, to perform at optimum levels! The question is, do you know how much exercise is best for your automatic standby or portable Generac generator?

Fortunately, automatic standby generators are programmed to do their own “exercise” and maintain top operating condition. Most Generac generators operate for 12 minutes each week, except the 2015 and newer 16/20/22kW models operate for 5 minutes. All 2015 and newer models have a user selectable exercise cycle – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Which days are best to exercise my automatic standby generator?
We recommend generator owners schedule the exercise for a time when they are at home, allowing them to witness the operation of their generator and gain peace of mind. From a practical standpoint, it is best to schedule the exercise time on Sunday through Thursday. In the event the generator needs service, it can be performed the following workday, without incurring overtime charges on a Saturday or Sunday.

What if I have a Generac portable generator?
Portable generator owners should manually operate their generator each season, to maintain their generator in top operating condition. Generac recommends draining the fuel from the tank and running the carburetor dry. As an alternative, you can add a fuel stabilizer to prevent stale fuel issues.

Contact Saturn Electrical Services at 630-980-0300 for service and maintenance of your Generac generator.