The other day, on February 22nd, 2020, Orangeville Hydro was reporting that there was a power outage in parts of town. I have to give credit to the local utility; they are usually pretty responsive to outages, at any time of the day, and any day of the week. Their Twitter account is generally pretty good at letting folks know about outages, and expected time of restoration of power.
On the other hand, any power outage can be downright annoying. Especially when you work from home, and rely on power to get your work done. Laptops, computers, and internet routers need to be powered on in order to work, obviously. Sometimes, a power outage can be a good time to take a break from things, but mostly, they happen at the most inconvenient of times.
With that in mind, I have to say I’m really happy that I have a good friend who’s main business is installing standby generators for homes and small businesses. I’ve known Ernie for many years and used to work with his father-in-law (actually, the friendship goes back even further as my father also used to work with his father-in-law as well).
Ernie is a great guy and an amazing source of knowledge when it comes to dealing with power outages, and of course, on standby generator installations. When considering one, he pointed out many things to me that I had not thought of in regard to sizing and installation. I was thinking of heading over to the local Home Depot some years ago, to talk to them, but realized that their staff were not really experts on advising me what I’d need. So I talked with Ernie, and he helped me do some calculations, pointed out that while many think they only need a standby generator for their basic needs (powering the fridge, freezer, and a few other electric powered items), it’s actually probably going to be more expensive in the long run instead of just getting a generator that will power the entire house.
Another amazing thing I discovered when speaking with a real estate agent was that if your house has a standby generator, the value is going to increase substantially. It’s one of those things that not only covers you during electrical outage emergencies, the ROI is multiplied as far as the value on your house!
If you’ve wondered if it was a feasible for you to install a standby generator, give my friend Ernie a call!