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- 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.