Why Invest in a Home Standby Generator?



A variety of severe weather events in addition to an aging utility electrical power infrastructure have resulted in an increasing quantity of power outages in the last several years. In addition, the severity of these kind of outages is increasing along with affecting more people each year. In the Mid-Atlantic location, we are especially vulnerable to the effects of winter storms, hurricanes and the overburdened power grid. Check out these recent statistics:

  • In 2011, 3,071 power outages were reported across the US, affecting 41.8 million people.
  • The average number of people affected per outage in 2011 was 21,109
  • The average duration of each power outage in 2011 was 221 minutes (over 3.5 hours)
  • Of the top five (5) most significant reported outages, three (3) of them directly affected our markets in MD, PA, VA and DE.  These included:
    • Winter storm, January 27 – Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia. Snow, sleet
      and ice caused outages for over 400,000 people.
    • Hurricane Irene, August 26-29 – North Carolina to Maine. Hurricane Irene cut a path up the East Coast knocking out power for over six million people.
    • Surprise fall snow storm, October 28-30 – Mid-Atlantic to Maine. A very early snow storm caused power outages, cancelled school and created havoc for 1.75 million people.
  • The number of large blackouts is growing in number and severity each year.  Over the last three years, the number of outages affecting 50,000 or more people has increased from 42 in 2009 to 109 in 2011.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by getting a standby home generator. Home generators power up automatically when a blackout occurs and continue to stay until the power pops up, running your home’s crucial appliances, A/C unit, and lights. Why take a chance? Invest in a standby house generator from ELECPROS have relief for so many years to come.