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It’s an uncertain world. Parents can never be sure just what is in store – but it’s a good idea to have your family as prepared as possible. A little preparation now can save time, money, and even prevent health complications in the future.
This is especially true is in the event of a power outage. Consider what could happen if your home lost power: The stress and inconvenience of the outage could disrupt your daily routine. You might not be able to gain access to the news to learn when power will be restored. There could be temperature issues, as the air conditioning or heating unit shuts down. Additionally, there are health concerns. If you take medicines that require refrigeration or depend on electrical medical equipment, a power outage could be dangerous. Maintaining childcare is a must: heating bottles, charging baby monitors and other useful devices cannot cease just because of a storm.
These power challenges can be serious, but with a bit of foresight, you’ll never need to worry about them. Below are some ways people can better prepare themselves for such instances.
Power Protection and Alternative Energy Options
Surge protectors: These will protect your electronics and health-related machines from power surges. Ask your local hardware store for advice on the best protector for your needs. For computer systems, an Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS) can provide power and surge protection for computer systems. A UPS is simply a reserve battery charge that acts to continue to power your PC when utility power is lost. The more powerful the UPS you select, the more time you will have to run your computer.
Windmills or Solar Power: Before choosing one of these alternative energies, conduct local research so that you understand limitations, the practical application of these technologies, as well as code restrictions. It’s not practical to serve all of your electric needs with solar or wind power, so the first step is identifying what essential items you would need to power. Is your area better suited for wind or solar power? How much battery storage is necessary to serve you needs when the sun goes down or the wind is in adequate? Alternative energy sources are still relatively new so do your homework: Understand what makes sense, get several quotes from knowledgeable experts, and always ask for references.
Transfer switch: Anytime you intend to use another source of power in your home, safety is everything. A transfer switch (manual or automatic) is always recommended; it isolates the utility power source from the standby power source. A manual transfer switch, as the name implies, requires the manual action to change the source of power. This type switch is more often used with portable generators. An Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is a safe way to interface with the electric utility and an automatic home generator system.
Home standby generator: A home standby generator system is a reliable source of power, and completely automatic. They will quickly restore power when utility power fails – some work in just ten seconds! The peace of mind home standby generators offer is invaluable. Smaller models cost as little as $4,000 and certain manufacturers offer financing options for home generator system purchases. While home standby generators are primarily used for emergency power, they also add value to your home.
Emergency supplies: Consider how many days you would want to be prepared for if you lost power. Think about what you would need in terms of food, water, childcare needs, and medicine. If you have electric cooking how or would you cook? With the right preparation you can identify canned goods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration. Many utilities have suggested storm preparation guidelines and suggested Emergency Supply Kits listed on their websites.
Established network of family and friends: Create a list of neighbors, friends, and relatives you can depend upon in the event of a disaster or extended power outage. Work together on a plan to help each other. Share responsibilities in preparation, know who will do what, and know who you can reach out to. Insist on accountability so that you know the person you are depending upon will be prepared to do their part. Monitor weather and news to stay abreast of storms and other threats.
You have the power to prepare for a power outage. With these tips, you’ll enjoy security and peace of mind – and be able to provide those to others. There will be no need to worry about thunderstorms, or any other factors that can cause a loss of power. Protect your home and your health with reliable and affordable products, such as surge protectors and home generators. You deserve to have peace of mind.
Clayton Prebleis the founder and president ofGenSpring Power, Inc, a company formed in 2002 that specializes in home standby generator systems for residential customers. Prior to forming GenSpring Power, he spent more than 30 years in the natural gas industry. He is a Master Service Technician, the highest service level expertise certified by Briggs & Stratton.