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The Cost of Power Outages

Power outages aren't just an inconvenience – they are a complete disruption to homes and businesses across the country. This is especially true in New England, where blackouts are a looming possibility all year long. Between the heavy spring and summer rainstorms, fall hurricanes, and winter blizzards, our power supply always hangs in the balance of Mother Nature.

According to Kohler.com, more than 500,000 Americans are affected by power outages every day, and the costs associated with them can total upwards of $25 billion per year. Many homeowners turn to standby generators to prevent blackouts, but some are still not convinced they are worth the money.

If you are debating whether or not you should purchase a backup generator for your home, consider these potential costs of not investing:

  • Frozen Pipes: $10,000 – Losing power during the winter can shut down your home's heating system; causing pipes to freeze, burst, and damage your home.

  • Flooded Basement: $20,000 – Whether it is from a burst pipe or an overflown septic tank, water damage can quickly rack up a hefty bill.

  • Mold Removal: $500-$30,000 – Water damage can often lead to mold, which damages the structural integrity of your home and causes illness. Depending on the severity of your mold infestation, professional removal can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Food Loss: $250-$500 – Most refrigerated food can only stay fresh for about two hours after the power goes out.

  • Alternative Shelter: $110 per night – No one wants to live without electricity, heat, or air conditioning, so many families are forced to relocate to hotels during a blackout.

If you are interested in learning more about the cost of power outages, check out this infographic from Kohler Generators.

Connecticut residents need to look no further than Cannondale Generators for all of their power protection needs. For the past 25 years, we have sold and installed more than 7,500 generators across Fairfield County and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at (203) 762-2608 to get started with a free evaluation.

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