Where do you start?
Before you find yourself in an outage, the smartest thing you can do is to prepare an emergency kit. Your kit should have the basics, like first aid supplies, flashlights, enough non-perishable food and water to provide for each member of your family, and backup charge supplies for your electronic devices. But you’ll also want to include things that you normally live without, like printed maps, dust masks, moist towelettes, and a whistle.
You and your family will be thankful that you thought through every possible circumstance if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation!
Generators to the Rescue
If you’re the owner of a generator, you’ll be able to provide power to your home in the face of a serious situation OR during a simple electricity outage, when you’d simply be inconvenienced by a lack of power.
When you’re in what seems to be a temporary outage, your generator should provide enough power to easily sustain your home comfort and safety. If you’re in a more serious outage, however, you’ll want to get creative with your resources so that you can conserve the generator’s energy.
For example, if you’re able to cook with a portable butane stove, your generator will have more energy to dedicate to sustaining your home heating – or cooling during those summer months!
Proper Insulation Is Essential
If your insulation is properly installed, your home will make the best use of that generator’s energy, just as it does when your HVAC is working properly. Being sure that you haven’t neglected your home’s insulation maintenance should be one of the first steps you take to ensuring your preparedness for power outages.
Learn How to Preserve Energy
It is essential that you understand concepts like energy conservation, the risk of unsafe foods, and equipment safety. If you’re the only member of your family that is educated on all these points, your family will be unsafe if something happens to you.
We recommend writing a how-to that you leave with your emergency kit, so that everyone in your family will know what to do in the event of an unexpected power outage. If you have access to the internet right now, there’s no reason that you should ever be unprepared!
There are too many tips and too many ready-made kits available to you.
BNG is available 24/7 for HVAC emergencies, and we carry the absolute best in generators. Let us be your resource now, so that you’ll be prepared when you least expect disaster to strike. Call BNG today!