March heralds the coming of spring in all its bountiful glory. Flowers and trees are blooming, the earth is beginning to turn green again and there are more sunny days. However, Mother Nature tends to play tricks on people and spring is also a busy time for weather-related power outages. This article will provide some advice on how to prepare for and ride out a storm that can leave you ‘powerless’.
First, it should be noted that if it seems to you there are more severe weather incidents with each passing year – you are correct. One resource claims the number and severity of storms that result in power outages is up by nearly 30% over the last several decades. While power companies will complain that outages are a headache for them, and we concede this may be true – the people it affects adversely are customers. To be well-informed is to be well-armed, however. And understanding that power outages are a reality in today’s ever-changing climate should be an impetus for consumers to be prepared in advance. There are a number of actions that can be taken to make ‘riding out the storm’ an easier experience.
One option is to invest in a home generator. They come in a variety of capacities so that you will be able to keep your home heated or cooled depending on the weather. It will also allow you to keep your lights on and the refrigerator running. In other words, life will remain fairly normal until power has been restored to your home. Power outages may last from several moments to days or longer, depending on the severity of the storm. So, the purchase of a home generator may be an excellent option and well worth the money.
If you cannot afford a generator or do not see the need for one, there are other steps you can take that will make power outages more tolerable. For instance, you should have a kit prepared that holds flashlights and candles, food that does not require heating or cooling and a first aid kit. In addition there are lights on the market that can be attached to walls and ceiling that don’t require electricity.