Written on: January 17, 2022
There are plenty of reasons we’re happy to have 2021 in the rearview mirror, and the power outages brought on by winter storm Uri are one memory we don’t want to relive. Those catastrophic blackouts accompanied by historic low temperatures tragically resulted in more than 200 deaths here in Texas, and while extreme weather was the trigger, an ill-prepared power grid contributed to the devastation.
Even if Uri was a 100-year event, Texas and Southwestern Louisiana are regularly threatened by hurricanes, and as weather patterns continue to be unpredictable, we’re seeing more tornado activity, as well as extremely high and low temperatures. That means it’s more important than ever to be sure you’re prepared for more frequent or extended outages. Here’s why a whole-house propane generator is the smartest investment to protect your home and family.
Sure, a portable generator is less expensive out of the box, but it can cost you a lot more in the long run. Just keeping it full during an extended outage will add up quickly, not to mention potentially having to wait on long lines for more fuel.
On the other hand, according to Consumer Reports, a properly installed whole-house generator can increase the value of your home by as much as 5%. That’s a great return on your investment, even before you even have reason to use it.
A power outage lasting anything more than an hour or two can quickly shift from inconvenience to crisis—and an expensive one, too. A whole-house generator will help you save money, even before the power goes out. Here’s how.
As an investment, a whole house generator makes a lot of sense. Knowing your home and loved ones will be safe, even if you aren’t home when the power goes out, is priceless. With a portable generator, someone strong needs to wrestle the unit out of the garage and get it set up and started, messing with fuel, possibly in the dark or in treacherous conditions. With a standby generator, as soon as the power from the grid goes out, your unit turns on automatically—and without damaging your home’s electronic equipment or appliances.
Even if we don’t see another winter storm like Uri for decades, it exposed the weakness of our local grid system. Our area is prone to extreme heat in summer, not to mention the threat of hurricanes along our coastlines. The pros at Pico Propane and Fuels can help you determine the best size generator for your home, your needs and your budget—as well as answer all your questions.
Contact us today for more information. We’re standing by and ready to help!