It’s easy to think, “A power outage will never happen to me.” It’s easy to push away the thought of the damage and financial loss that a power outage would cause to your business, and it’s even easier to fail to put a plan in place due to the effort it takes to put together. However, a solid energy management strategy is one that takes into account the possibility of a power outage.
In 2017, there were 12 power outage events that were large enough to cause one million person-hours of disruption (source). In 2018, we don’t know how many power outage there will be, but it could happen anywhere. Part of your energy management strategy should be to have a strong strategy in place for a power outage.
Here at Energy Network, we offer advice and solutions to businesses all across America for how to save energy, cut down on your energy bills, and reduce your fixed costs of operation. One of the primary ways that we do this is by helping our customers to buy energy for a cheaper rate than they can get it at the local power company. We show you how to acquire surplus electricity for wholesale prices. However, what about the times when there’s no electricity at all? In our last blog, we talked about putting together a plan for what to do in a power outage. Today, we’ll take a deeper look into putting together a kit for any power outages that occur.
2. Make a kit
We’ll assume that you have what you need for human survival (water, food, warmth), but it wouldn’t hurt to cover those bases in your kit.
What else should your kit include? Here are some of our suggestions on what most businesses will benefit from.
Most businesses will need some kind of electricity to do any sort of work at all, and depending on the nature of your business, an emergency backup generator may be more or less vital. If you’re a hospital with life-support machines running, you’ll need that generator a whole lot more than if you’re a construction company and can operate without power tools for some of your tasks. Make sure that your generator gets regular maintenance and has a good supply of fuel. Depending on how costly it will be to run your generator, you may also look into the cost of installing solar panels.
Many commercial and office buildings are constructed with few or no windows, and emergency lighting can be both a help and a safety feature. Try installing options that don’t require any power to operate, such as using glow-in-the-dark tape to line your exit doors and stairways. A good supply of flashlights with backup batteries is never a bad idea, too.
Batteries and other power sources
If your cell phone runs out of battery and you don’t have a way to charge it, you could be at a serious disadvantage, and the same holds true for laptops and other electronics that you need to do your job. Make sure that you keep extra battery packs on hand that will allow you to charge up appliances as necessary.
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