Summer is here, and with it comes the potential to be without power. With more people running cooling systems and spending time indoors to avoid climbing temperatures, power outages can cause major inconveniences. If not properly prepared, they can even be dangerous.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for summer blackouts. In this post, we’ll explore why summer blackouts happen and provide tips on how to prepare your home so that you’re protected in the event of a blackout. By following these tips, you’ll help your home stay safe and comfortable during any unexpected power outages this season!
Why Do Summer Blackouts Occur?
Summer blackouts often occur due to a combination of factors. The primary reason is the high demand for electricity, especially during periods of extreme heat when many households and businesses are using air conditioning units at full capacity. This increased demand can overload power grids and lead to outages.
Additionally, heat causes the metal conductors in power lines to potentially expand and sag, increasing the risk of contact with tree branches and other objects. Inclement weather, such as thunderstorms or wildfires, can also disrupt power lines and contribute to blackouts.
Furthermore, long-standing problems with the power grid infrastructure can increase the likelihood of summer blackouts. It’s important to note that regions with aging power grids or a lack of diversification in their power sources are particularly vulnerable to these issues.
According to a 2021 interview with Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald, Georgia is “…50 percent coal. We are 20 percent nuclear and in a couple of years will be 40 percent nuclear. We are 20 percent combined-cycle natural gas and 10 percent in renewables.” This diversity in energy sources as well as regular maintenance is a great way to minimize multi-day-long blackouts. However, constant increased demands can still overwhelm even the strongest of systems, so it is essential to be prepared should an outage occur.
Tips to Prepare for Summer Power Outages
- Invest in a generator: Having a backup power source can keep your essential appliances and devices running during a blackout. An experienced electrician can walk you through your generator options and seamlessly install it for the ultimate peace of mind.
- Check your surge protectors: Make sure all your electronic devices are connected to surge protectors to prevent damage from power surges when the electricity comes back on. Whole-home surge protectors can be a good option for minimizing damage.
- Maintain your air conditioning unit: Regular maintenance can ensure your AC runs efficiently, reducing the chance of it overworking and causing strain on your electrical system.
- Stock up on essentials: Keep a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, batteries for flashlights, and other essential items in case of prolonged blackouts.
- Insulate your home: Proper insulation can keep your home cool even during power outages, reducing the need for constant air conditioning.
- Unplug non-essential appliances: Unplugging appliances when not in use can help prevent power surges and reduce load on the power grid.
- Invest in battery-operated fans: These devices can provide a source of cooling if your AC is unavailable.
- Have an emergency plan: Know where your fuse box is, have emergency contact numbers handy, and plan for any medical needs that require electricity.
At Lightning Bug Electric, our local electricians are committed to helping our community stay safe, no matter the season. We pair industry-leading electrical solutions with home safety services to ensure you have access to reliable power when you need it most. Call us today at (404) 471-3847 or reach out online to learn more about how we can support your home’s power.