Preparing for Winter Weather and Outages

While the winter season is certainly a time for festive celebration, it’s also a time for extreme weather conditions that can result in power outages or worse. When the harsh weather hits, it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for the worst.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration asserts that the average American experienced over 7 hours of power interruptions in 2021. Of course, some regions of the country experience less or more than  this amount. 

Below, Geneverse provides a few tips that will help you prepare for severe weather events, outages, and even natural disasters.

Making Emergency Kits

Building an emergency kit is a great place to start when it comes to emergency preparation. It’s a good idea to have a kit/bag that includes the following items:

  • Bottled water
  • First aid supplies
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Flashlight
  • Lighters/strike anywhere matches
  • Emergency phone
  • Poncho/rain jacket
  • Spare batteries
  • Radio (battery or hand-crank – preferably with a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

You’ll want to keep your emergency kit(s) in a safe and dry place. Storing these items in a waterproof bag of some sort will help ensure these items stay ready and usable. Keep any  emergency supplies in an easily-accessible place that everyone in the household is aware of.

Keep Alternative Sources of Light 

When the power goes out it can come as a surprise. If a power outage, blackout, or weather emergency occurs at night, one of the first things you will need is an alternative source of light so you can navigate your living space and gather your resources.

Alternative sources of light include flashlights (battery or hand-cranked), candles, solar lights, lanterns, and oil lamps. 

Pro Tip: Headlamps are extremely useful devices that you can utilize during power outages and emergencies, which allow you to have free hands for whatever needs to be done.

Alternative Sources of Power

Having a backup power solution is essential during emergencies and power outages. Gas generators can prove to be useful, however, you can only use gas generators outdoors and in well-ventilated areas. Using gas generators indoors can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. As a matter of fact, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission asserts that gas generators claim the lives of around 85 people per year.

Solar generators have a much better safety profile than gas generators and also provide renewable green energy that doesn’t come at a cost to the environment. You can use solar generators indoors and outdoors just the same. You don’t have to worry about storing fuel or refueling a solar generator. 

Geneverse provides portable backup power solutions such as the HP PRO Series, which can charge via solar panel, wall outlet, and even by vehicle. The HP PRO Series can power 99% of home appliances, electronics, and crucial home medical devices – so you’ll never miss a beat, no matter what mother nature has in store.

PowerPillar ESS: The Ultimate Winter Weather Prep Move

Our PowerPillar ESS is the ultimate way to prepare for disasters, emergencies, extreme weather, and power outages. The PowerPillar ESS allows you to choose how and when you spend, store, or sell your home’s energy, rain or shine.

Each PowerPillar Battery Unit provides 5kWh of capacity and can be expanded for up to 20kWh of usable energy storage. The PowerPillar Hybrid Inverter diverts power between on-grid or solar inputs into battery storage and the connected loads on site automatically. Stored power can be used during emergencies and in everyday life.

Less components. Easier installation. The PowerPillar ESS is the most cost-efficient energy storage system on the market.

About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable and cost-efficient source for solar energy. Our PowerPillar ESS integrates solar power, battery storage, not to mention grid and generator power sources that help our customers get the most out of their energy storage investment – all at the most competitive pricing on the market. We craft complete home energy systems that power energy independence rain or shine in addition to portable solar products that provide decentralized power during emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about Geneverse and how we can bring protection and security to your family/household by visiting our website today.

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