It doesn’t take much to be left powerless. A strong thunderstorm knocking a tree limb over a power line can sever power to your whole neighborhood for a day or more. An ice storm, as seen as far south as Louisiana this year, can paralyze your city for up to a week. A hurricane can take out an entire region’s power supply for weeks on end. The list goes on and on.
While these types of events may occur infrequently the fact remains that power outages are increasing in number and severity. Population growth is putting pressure on our aging power grid and is stretching our power supply to its limits. According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, in 2012 there were 2808 black outs . In 2013 that number jumped to 3236 affecting approximately 14 million people
Nothing is more enticing to would-be thieves than a power outage. With law enforcement agencies busy with first responder duties after a storm, your home or business is left vulnerable. Sure you have an alarm system, but what good does that do if there is no power to run it?
3. The costs of not having a generator.
For businesses large and small the ramifications of a power outage are great, and not always easy to measure. Lost inventory and lost sales can add up to be a pretty penny, but what about the things you can’t put a dollar value on as easily like brand image, and customer satisfaction?
According to the 2013 Eaton Power Outage Annual Report, “Electrical power outages, surges and spikes are estimated to ring up more than $150 billion in annual damages to the U.S. economy.” That’s billion with a “B”.
“The figures speak for themselves.” said Mark Mire Co-Owner of Total Energy Solutions. “When weighing the costs, it just makes good business sense to have a standby generator. I see a day, sooner rather than later, where standby generators will be as common place as air conditioning units. It’s just a matter of time.”