Your Power Goes Out, What Do You Do Now?
If your answer is to stay at home without power, you need to consider the following:
- Depending on the time of year, staying home with no heat or air conditioning can be very uncomfortable for you and your family. Young children and the elderly are very susceptible to temperature swings and it could greatly affect their health.
- Staying at home in the dark can lead to trips or falls causing serious injuries.
- Refrigerated food can go bad leading to several hundred dollars of lost food.
- Some people depend on refrigerated medicines to stay healthy. If they go bad in a power outage, it could hurt the person taking them if you can’t get a replacement timely.
- Your emergency supplies can be used up.
- Children sitting in the dark with no TV, video games, or enough light to do other things can go stir crazy and make the situation more chaotic.
If your answer is to go to a hotel, consider these things before doing so:
- Are hotels available? If so, how much will they cost? The national average nightly rate is $90 – $150.
- How far will you have to travel to find a hotel? If everyone is leaving, you may have to travel 100 miles or more.
- Will the hotel take pets?
- What is the cost of gasoline to get there? Are the roads dangerous due to traffic light outages or debris/flooding on the roads?
- What is the cost of eating all of your meals out? USDA.gov says the average cost to feed an adult three meals plus snacks is $30 per day.
- Will your home be safe from thieves or vandals while you are away? Looting is a very real threat.
Staying home and running on a back up power source in your in-home Survival Room is the safer, more comfortable, and less expensive option.
6 Basic Electrical Needs During a Power Outage
When the power goes out, there are some basic things that every individual would need to keep running for safety’s sake or to prevent major damage. If you have a back up power supply, you would want to connect these things first:
- Radio and/or television for emergency updates
- Refrigerator/freezer to keep food from spoiling and medicines from going bad
- Enough overhead lights/lamps to be able to move around in the dark safely
- Medical equipment such as oxygen, etc. for those who require it to live
- Water wells and basement sump pumps
- Portable air conditioner/heater
The following is a chart to show the wattage required by some common household appliances:
- Televisions: 19″ = 65 – 100 watts, 27″ = 113 watts, 36″ = 133 watts, 53″ – 61″ = 170 watts
- Radio or Stereo = 70 – 400 watts depending on the size and model types
- Refrigerator (frost-free, 16 cubic feet) = 725 watts
- Light bulbs = 11 – 30 watts
- Water pump (deep well) = 250 – 1100 watts
- Portable A/C or Heater = 750 – 1500 watts
- Microwave Oven = 750 – 1100 watts
- Laptop = 50 watts
- Personal computer = 120 watts awake/30 watts asleep, Monitor = 150 watts awake/30 watts asleep
- Coffee Maker = 900 – 1200 watts
Based on the information above, the minimum generation requirement you would need to keep the basics running is 5 kilowatts.
Top 8 Benefits of Having a Back Up Generator for Your Home
When the power goes out, the first thing you usually feel is a little bit of panic. Then, you start digging around for flashlights or matches to light candles. Next, you call to report the outage and then sit and wait for the power to come back on.
If you had a generator, you could turn it on and continue having most of the benefits and comfort of living with power.
- You would be able to power your TV/radio to get news updates on disaster situations.
- You would be able to keep your refrigerator/freezer running so that your food/medication does not go bad.
- You would be able to run the air conditioner/heater to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This is especially important for the very young and elderly who are susceptible to temperature variations.
- You would be able to keep your sump pump operating in severe storms to prevent flooding.
- If you have pets, you would be able to keep them at home instead of leaving them behind or taking them with you and having to find a place willing to take them.
- In case of disasters, you could stay at home and defend your property from looters instead of evacuating and taking your chances that your home will be safe.
- If you have someone at home who depends on electricity for medical equipment, you would be able to stay home and keep them healthy and safe.
- AND, if you have a generator, you can avoid having all the expenses you would incur to leave your home such as hotels, eating out, gas for the car, etc.
Generators can save you a good deal of money when your power goes out and keep you in the safety and comfort of your own home!