Generators and You: Powering Up Your Home When the Power Goes Out

We’re New Englanders. Therefore, we know what power outages are all about. If you haven’t experienced an outage you’re either incredibly lucky or you’re already armed with a backup source of energy when the lines powering your house go down.

Here’s the skinny: Power outages are inconvenient.

Here are a few examples of things you, your home, and everyone in your home might be missing:

Running water. This goes beyond the obvious inconvenience of not being able to shower or flush the toilet… It’s imperative to note that when the heat is out pipes are more susceptible to freezing. Frozen pipes lead to burst pipes, and burst pipes lead to a whole suite of problems…

Wireless internet. Most homeowners often forget that when the power goes out, so does your wireless internet access. No internet means different things to different people, but the long and short of it is, with routers down, that means no connection to communicate with loved ones or get important updates about the storm. Cellular service can also be interrupted during outage times, and with no way to charge cell phone batteries, that option is also often limited.

Daylight. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but there are those that forget that daylight hours are in fact, much shorter during the winter months. Especially when a storm is passing through… Your home can get dark and stay dark for the majority of the day, which, you guessed it, means no daylight at all, really. Candles and flashlights work well for short periods of time, but let’s face it, the thrill of “camping” only lasts for a few fleeting moments before you find yourself tripping on the family dog…

The fridge. And heck, while we’re at it, the freezer – be they same unit, or a single backup chest freezer to stock up on all those sales you pass in the supermarket. When the power goes out for an extended period of time, the food in your fridge and/or freezer goes with it. And that can be costly depending on what you’re storing in there.

Heat. Unless you’ve got a woodstove burning, your other modes of heat rely on electricity at some juncture. Therefore, no electricity, no heat. No heat, well… you understand. It can get bad.

What can you do? There’s the waiting game, but it’s just that – a lot of waiting. Or you can get yourself a generator, which can power a portion – or all – of your coveted residence depending on the output of the machine in use.

What can we help you with?

Permanent Install Generators

A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (think along the lines of an AC unit) and comes on automatically – whether you’re home or away within seconds of the power going down.

For all your generator needs, click here for more information!

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