Here in Louisiana, tropical storms are a way of life and most folks are hurricane veterans. While the citizens here may be used to bad weather, our power lines (and power grid in general) still remain vulnerable to to the effects of powerful winds and falling trees. So what’s the cost of not having a good standby generator?
Here are some (miserable) scenarios many Louisiana residents can relate to:
It’s incredibly hot out, and a storm has been churning in the Gulf of Mexico… what was once a tropical storm is now a raging hurricane. People across the coast have spent the past day or two boarding up their homes and businesses, and have been shopping for water, canned food, and non perishable food to stash in a safe room. Most people know that the power will be the first thing to go… better not stock up the fridge (actually, do the opposite as it’ll be smelling bad in a few days). There won’t be any cooking either, so you have to shop accordingly.
The storm makes it to shore, and proceeds to travel over your parish… *pop* the power goes out.
Fortunately, you had a portable gas generator in the shed. Unfortunately, you’ve only got two cans of gas and only one of them is full. You step out of your dark, powerless house, put your empty gascan in the car, and try to avoid fallen limbs and debris as you make your way to the closest gas station that happens to be open. When you get there, all of the gas pumps are dry as a bone, and there’s a line of cars three city blocks long that will be idling for the next two hours… hoping that there will still be some remaining gas when they eventually make it to the pump.
You eventually get enough gas to last a day or so… but you’ll still be using candles, you won’t have hot water, you won’t be able to dry your soaked clothes, and the area of your home with power will be limited to the one room that you’re able to string an extension cord into. It’s not fun to say the least.
Now, a similar but slightly different scenario… in this one, you have a Generac standby generator attached to your home. It’s directly attached to the electrical box. You’ve never attempted to crank it up or add fuel to it (that would be difficult since there’s no way to do it).
OK, so the storm rolls in… it covers your parish… the electricity goes off… and…
…and then it comes right back on. That’s it. You have power. In fact, not only do you have all the electricity you need, you take a look outside and realize you’re the only person in your neighborhood with working lights, television, phone chargers, hot water heater, a working fridge and electric oven… everything’s normal!
No risks of carbon monoxide gas slipping into the home from a portable generator, no dangerous driving on wet roads covered in stuff that the winds blew all over the place, no irate people at the overcrowded gas station, no risk of having to head out after an emergency curfew, none of that!
This is what we do. As a Generac Elite dealer, our licensed, bonded, and insured electricians install and maintain these generators and perform repairs that meet the high standards that Generac sets.
If you’re a Louisiana resident, give us a call at 225-791-1213 and never suffer through a blackout again! Power outages are history!