Power Outages Rise in U.S.

Did you know that June is the month with the most power outages in the U.S.? A combination of severe weather, intense heat and an aging infrastructure give rise to this sobering statistic.

The facts are sobering. From 2000 to 2004, there were 44 grid disruptions causing outages. By 2005 to 2009, that number that increased to 100. The years from 2010 to 2013 (just a four year span) saw 200 grid outages. And in 2014, the last year that we can access stats, there were a total of 130 in the first six months alone.

This puts the average at four times what it was just 15 years ago. Staggering.

You can probably guess where the most outages occur in the country…places where there is a large incidence of weather related disasters such as tornadoes. Indeed, Indiana, Texas, Ohio and Kentucky have the largest grid disruptions that are weather-related along with Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. An aging infrastructure and increasing population overtaxing an already overtaxed system are also to blame for these outages.

What is a homeowner to do? The survivalist trend to not rely on the “grid” applies to homeowners who want to protect their family, their home and their belongings. If you can’t depend on the “grid”, then where can you place your trust?

For some homeowners, a wind generator is not the answer due to location and/or local regulations. A home generator, however, is a permitted alternative – enabling you to generate your own power to run your home using alternative fuel sources such as natural gas and propane. These almost inexhaustible fuels are delivered underground, and are not subject to the vagaries of weather, accidents and human error that electrical wires are. It is rather surprising how many overhead wires still exist when all other utilities are channeled underground.

If there is a bright spot in all this sobering news, it is that home generators have become increasingly affordable and are becoming easier and easier to use and maintain. Just like your air conditioner, a little maintenance one or two times a year and a standby generator will keep its vigil…ready to deliver electricity on a moment’s notice.