Why Do I Need a Home Generator?

A combination of severe weather events and an aging utility power infrastructure have resulted
in an increasing number of power outages over the past several years.  In addition, the severity of these outages is increasing and affecting more people each year.  In the Mid-Atlantic region, we are especially vulnerable to the effects of winter storms, hurricanes and an overburdened power grid.  Check out these recent statistics:

  • In 2011, 3,071 power outages were reported across the US, affecting 41.8 million people. 
  • The average number of people affected per outage in 2011 was 21,109
  • The average duration of each power outage in 2011 was 221 minutes (over 3.5 hours)
  • Of the top five (5) most significant reported outages, three (3) of them directly affected our markets in MD, PA, VA and DE.  These included:
    • Winter storm, January 27 – Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia. Snow, sleet
      and ice caused outages for over 400,000 people.
    • Hurricane Irene, August 26-29 – North Carolina to Maine. Hurricane Irene cut a path up the East Coast knocking out power for over six million people.
    • Surprise fall snow storm, October 28-30 – Mid-Atlantic to Maine. A very early snow storm caused power outages, cancelled school and created havoc for 1.75 million people.
  • The number of large blackouts is growing in number and severity each year.  Over the last three years, the number of outages affecting 50,000 or more people has increased from 42 in 2009 to 109 in 2011.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is by investing in a standby home generator.  Home generators power up automatically when a blackout occurs and stay on until the power comes back, running your home’s vital appliances, A/C unit, sump pump and lights.  Why take a chance?  Invest in a standby home generator from CDS Emergency Power Services and have peace of mind for years to come.