Generators During Power Outages
When the power goes out, don't get caught with a refrigerator full of spoiled food and unsafe conditions. A power generator can be the solution.
Power outages are becoming more common across Australia. Many are caused by tropical storms, cyclones and floods. But increasingly, it comes down to substation faults, as these examples show:
- In August 2013, Sydney suffered a major power outage as a result of a failure at a large substation.
- In Melbourne, transmission load failures at two power stations caused a mass blackout to more than 100,000 homes.
- In January 2014, the Victorian Premier warned that forced power outages remained a possibility during the extreme heat.
- The 2014 Super Bowl, America's iconic sporting spectacle, lost power for 35 minutes at the Louisiana Superdome
Generate peace of mind
A portable generator provides much-needed peace of mind for homeowners and businesses. While a portable generator won’t run your whole property, it will power up the essentials when the grid fails. The other larger option, is a full standby generator which can run your whole house or building. There is a wide range of generator sizes to suit every power backup requirement.
When choosing a back-up generator, consider these things:
1. What items do you need power up?
Think about how much power you actually need for the items you would want to power in an emergency. The critical number to know is the wattage consumption of the appliances you think you will need. If you’re looking at powering devices such as laptops and tablets, you should look for something with suitable AVR or Inverter voltage control.
2. What’s your budget?
Whether you have $500 or $5,000 to spend on a generator, there are generators packed with features to meet your unique needs.
3. Take your time. Selecting the right generator is an investment in your safety and comfort during a power-outage. Be sure to also consider things such as the length of warranty, approved service network coverage, safety features, portability, noise levels etc…sometimes it’s the smaller things that make a big difference also.