Ohio’s location in the Midwest exposes the state to extreme weather swings, from harsh winters to summer heat waves or extreme drought. The last several years have put the state at high risk for power outages. Generator One can help you protect your home, family and business when you’ve lost power with affordable backup power solutions.
1. Extreme Heat
Extreme heat is becoming a more common summertime occurrence in Ohio. This can lead to rolling blackouts as the electricity supply is depleted. When people are forced to run their air conditioners more frequently, it can overload the electrical grid and power plants may be ordered to use rolling blackouts to ensure nobody experiences catastrophic power loss.
These power shortages can be an inconvenience and disturb your regular routine, especially if you work remotely. Having a backup generator can protect you so that your routine and schedule aren’t interrupted.
2. Disruptions to the Global Power Supply
The global energy market has been trying to keep up with increased demand due to Covid-19 and supply chain issues. More people are working from home either due to choice or because their employers require it. This added strain has many power companies racing to keep up.
In addition to the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal power, power plants are now getting energy from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The electrical grid is still adapting to these changes, however, which means summer blackouts are still possible this year.
3. Climate Change
Climate change is one of the driving factors behind widespread power outages in recent years. Greenhouse gas emissions over the last two centuries are now contributing to more frequent extreme weather events, drought, heat waves and increased power outages. Ongoing drought can even hamper green energy efforts by rendering some forms of power generation less effective.
When grid operators can’t rely on green energy emissions to boost power generation, they must turn to coal plants and natural gas supplies. Summer demand also results in higher energy prices. Having a backup generator gives you a reliable power source to turn to during the hottest months of the year.
4. Severe Weather
Summer months bring a high risk of severe storms that can knock out transmission lines and do damage to the power stations that serve large portions of Ohio. A severe storm can easily leave tens of thousands of people without power until the electric company is able to restore access to the electric grid. A heat wave or extreme drought in another part of the country can also have a secondary effect on Ohio’s power demand, as hydroelectric and wind power supplies dwindle.
Securing your own power reliability can protect you during the summer heat, when power outages put you at high risk of losing your perishable food, suffering from heat stroke and increasing the need to shelter in place during a summer storm.
5. Increased Energy Demand
Renewable power initiatives are increasing the demand for electricity. People are beginning to turn to electric vehicles to address rapidly rising gas prices, but these vehicles need to be charged. While they can save people money at the pump, they put more strain on the power grid when they’re recharging overnight. One of the risks of owning an electric car is that rolling outages could leave you stranded if you’re unable to charge your battery enough to reach your destination.
Power companies are having trouble keeping an adequate power supply during the summer months to support the influx of electric and hybrid cars hitting the roads. The best way to protect yourself is to have a backup home generator that automatically supplies power to your home when it detects an outage.
What Is a Standby Generator?
Traditional backup generators use fuel such as gasoline or propane and need to be physically started to generate power for your home. They can produce enough power for your essential needs but often fall short of modern power demands. A standby generator is a solution that automatically provides power when it detects power loss and usually uses a reliable fuel source such as natural gas that won’t be disrupted during a storm or rolling blackout.
Purchasing the right generator for your home can be expensive, and you’re required to maintain it regularly so that you receive uninterrupted power regardless of weather events and disruptions to the power grid. Generator One makes having a backup power system affordable by renting the unit to you and covering all the routine maintenance as part of your service contract.
Installing a backup generator can increase the value of your home, and your service contract is transferable to the next homeowner. Renting a generator instead of financing it also helps you maintain your credit rating because it’s not a form of debt. You don’t pay any money up front, and your service contract includes a locked rate that never goes up.
Contact us today to learn more about our backup generator systems. We can determine which system is best for your needs and ensure you’re never without power when you need it.