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.

 

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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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