There are many causes of power failures, with weather being the most common. Power outages cost American households $150 billion per year. For each household, costs can be in the tens of thousands when pipes burst or the basement is flooded. There are also smaller costs due to wasted food and the need for alternative shelter. A standby generator will automatically turn on within seconds of an outage. Not only will this reduce costs from damages, it can increase the home’s value by up to five percent. Note that a whole house generator requires professional installation as well as proper permits.
- Outages can cause costly damage such as burst pipes and moldy basements.
- A standby generator operates automatically, starting up within seconds of a power outage.
- Installation of a whole house generator requires licensed professionals and a permit.
“Power outages cost American households $150 billion annually with weather-related outages accounting for $25 – $70 billion per year.”