Losing power at home is a total bummer. There's never a convenient time to experience a blackout. But, now there is a safe and affordable way to directly power your home with a portable generator so that you'll never have to deal with this major inconvenience again. And, you can watch an installation and how it all works in our video below.
Storms, heavy snows, winds, and accidents can cause a power outage. But that doesn't mean you're stranded in the dark until electricity is restored. A home backup generator can supply enough power to keep at least the bare necessities in working order until repairs are made in your area.
Between overloaded power grids and unpredictable weather patterns, you never know when the electricity in your home will go out. Even worse, once it’s out, there is no way to predict when it will get restored. It could be days, even weeks before you see the sweet flicker of electricity in your home again. The best thing you can do to avoid heating canned beans over candlelight is to prepare your home with either a portable or a standby generator.
It is not news that many of our post-war Baby Boom senior citizens are well into their retirement years. These are people who are used to their personal independence and not relying on others. Some of you may even recognize your parents or grandparents in this mix.
More and more senior citizens are choosing the independence of living in the familiar surroundings of their homes. This carries some of the worries we have for their safety and well-being in the later years of their life. Many of these elderly folks are reliant on assistive medical equipment such as:
When a storm rolls through and knocks the power out, all the modern conveniences people take for granted disappear. They suddenly find themselves with no way to cook, heat their homes, run medical devices, warm baby bottles or store refrigerated foods. Investing in a portable generator is more affordable and can certainly ease some of the hardships of a blackout, but a home standby generator is a more permanent solution.
In the United States, we typically enjoy a power infrastructure that delivers electricity at a relatively steady and uninterrupted rate. But, during the odd thunderstorm or heavy snowfall, even our robust electrical grid can be taxed, often causing residents in the affected area to lose power. In those areas where storms are more frequent, or where the electrical grid has other significant issues, power outages can be a constant problem.
Residents living in such areas should consider installing a portable generator and manual transfer switch combination in order to keep the power flowing to the the home’s most important appliances during these frustrating blackouts.
Over the last couple of years, most of us have had our power knocked out by some intense storms and it seems they're becoming more frequent. Superstorm Sandy left some folks without electricity for more than a week in 2012. In 2014 an epic ice storm led to downed power lines and left people without heat during freezing cold temperatures. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the next "big one" so that you and your family are ready and as comfortable as possible during the next blackout.
Cell phones are invaluable during a power outage. It brings up the tired old question, “what did we do before cell phones?” Well, we connected with friends and family using corded, landline phones that still work during a blackout, but those have been disappearing from homes in favor of our handy smart phones.
A cell phone can connect you to a larger community of people, like friends on Facebook as well as news outlets. The biggest disadvantage of these devices, by far, is their limited battery life.
There’s nothing quite like that helpless, disappointing feeling of losing power; except, maybe, the humiliating feeling that follows - reflexively flipping on light switches throughout the house to no avail. For most of us, this seems like something that has been happening in the Delaware Valley a lot more often than it used to, but people do tend to mythologize the past. So, are we really experiencing more outages lately?