When the power goes out, either you go to look for your portable generator, or the standby generator will kick on automatically. If you don’t have either, power outages will not be pleasant for you and your family. For those in the previous grouping, it is good to know which appliances are the biggest drain on power so you can decide what is necessary to use in the case of a power outage:
Your furnace or boiler is by far the biggest drain on your energy bills during the winter months. When the power goes out, you should lower the thermostat to the lowest possible comfort temperature. If you have a space heater, these use much less power in emergency situations.
#2: Water Heater
Your water heater takes up about 15% of your home’s energy consumption. This is much less than the furnace or boiler, but it is still significant and something to keep in mind during power outages. Either take short showers, or maybe rough it and shower less often during power outages.
#3: Washer & Dryer
Your washer and dryer take up about as much power as the water heater, but we don’t really need to use them during an outage. You can hand wash the clothes you need and dry on a drying rack to conserve your generator’s power. This is not to say that your standby generator can not power these appliances, but conservation is a good thing to keep in mind.
The lighting in your home can take up anywhere between 8-12% of your energy consumption depending on the bulbs you use. Your generator can handle your lights and keep them on to keep your home safe during an outage. When the power goes out, your standby generator will automatically click on like magic!
Your refrigerator takes up about 4-7% of your home’s energy consumption and it is important to keep this appliance on during an outage. Meats, cheeses and dairy products can’t be unrefrigerated for more than a few hours if they are going to remain safe to consume, and your generator can help with that. Here at Cannondale Generators, we provide our clients with reliable emergency backup power to get them through difficult situations. When a tree goes down, or a storm hits the Fairfield and New Haven area, you can count on Cannondale to keep your lights on. If you are interested in learning more about our services, call 203-762-2608 or contact us online for fast and easy service!