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Homeowners Stressing About Winter Power Outages More Than Ever

Homeowners Stressing About Winter Power Outages More Than Ever

12/8/2016

With winter in full swing, homeowners across the nation are suffering through seasonal bouts of freezing temperatures, snowstorms and other forms of inclement weather. For many, venturing outside is a challenge in itself. Many homeowners prefer to stay indoors as much as possible in an attempt to avoid slick roads and sidewalks caused by precipitation and the incessant cold. But what happens when life within the home becomes just as miserable?

Our existing utility grid is comprised of various electrical systems that are well passed their intended life span. With homeowners cranking up the heat when temperatures drop, the demand for electrical power rises, which requires local utility services to work harder to accommodate the electrical needs of each home and surrounding community. When this added stress is paired with extreme weather scenarios, the results can be catastrophic.

Throughout the year, heavy snow and strong winds can cause trees or other tall objects to fall onto power lines, causing extended power outages. During the winter months, frigid climates can also jeopardize the functionality of our nation’s electromechanical infrastructure. And when local utility services fail, homeowners immediately feel the effects of being without electrical power.

When destructive weather events cause utility failures, homeowners are forced to make the best of a difficult situation. Without a functional heating system, pipes can freeze and burst, causing an unexpected hit to the pocketbook of effected homeowners. Many are also forced to monitor their sump pump for potential flooding while exploring ways to keep their family warm as cold temperatures begin to penetrate the walls of their home. Needless to say, reacting to an outage after it has already occurred can be extremely stressful.

According to a new study by Generac Power Systems and Kelton Global, 24% of Americans in the United States’ top blackout cities suffer from anxiety at the mere thought of a major storm. Other top emotions noted by individuals who participated in the study conducted by Kelton Global include excitement (24%), frustration (19%), dread (17%) and panic (11%).
When asked to specify why threatening weather makes them feel uneasy, most participants explained that loved ones being in potential danger (59%) was of significant concern. A large number of participants also worried that damage to their home may be incurred (48%) and that a power outage might occur in their local area (40%).

To quell their concerns, homeowners often seek out answers when extreme weather scenarios interrupt utility service. What caused the power outage to occur? How long until power is restored? Are their loved ones in danger? Questions like these immediately come to mind for most homeowners, but many do not know where to turn for the answers they need.

While many may naturally turn to the local power company or internet for answers, what happens when phone lines are down and cell phones die without a power source available for recharging purposes? Desktop computers cannot be powered without utility service and the batteries of laptops and tablets will eventually drain. Once access to electronics and phone services are lost, many homeowners are forced to bundle up and huddle their families around the radio for answers until power is restored.

Fed up with waiting for power to return, many will consider ways in which they can cope with the effects of an extended power outage. Some may rent a hotel room, while others may choose to forge through the storm or stay with nearby friends and family. Conversely, other homeowners have given thought to a more efficient alternative that can ensure their home is adequately powered at all times, even in an outage scenario:

Generac Power Systems’ automatic standby generators provide protection from local power outages and major blackouts by continuously monitoring a home’s incoming utility service and starting up within seconds of an outage taking place. Powered by a natural gas or liquid propane fuel source, these backup power solutions can be sized and tailored to backup an entire home or a few essential items when utility failures occur.

When properly installed by a member of Generac’s nationwide dealer network, an automatic standby generator can provide the power required by some of the most vital and commonly used electrical loads. With a backup power source in place, homeowner’s never have to worry about their home being cold or pipes freezing. Sump pumps can remain fully operational while lighting, electronics and essential appliances can be used at any time. Living in a world that has become more and more dependent on electrical power, an automatic standby generator does more than provide backup power to a home; it relieves homeowners of stress, anxiety, frustration and dread while providing assurance that as long as their family members are home, they are safe.

To learn more about how you can keep your home powered when local utility power is unavailable, download Generac’s Buyer’s Guide, or schedule a FREE in-home assessment with an independent authorized dealer in your local area today.

*The top 10 DMAs affected by blackouts include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and Winston-Salem.