Texas Living

Power to the People  

By Paula Felps 8.8.14

In a time when weather patterns are uncertain and related power outages are increasingly more common, it’s more important than ever for consumers to consider an alternative form of power. A backup power generator can ensure that your home’s most essential systems keep running, even when Mother Nature goes wild.

As many as 70 percent of all power outages are related to weather, with strong winds and storms accounting for more than 65 percent of those. In Texas, where both cold and warm fronts happen throughout the year and can create havoc, odds are increasingly high that you’ll experience some degree of power failure during the next 12 months. A generator, either fixed or portable, can ensure you’re not left in the dark — or out in the cold.

Backup generators run on many types of fuel, including natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel, and biodiesel. One of the advantages of using a propane generator is that propane is available in smaller cylinders (5 to 10 gallons), which makes it easier to store, as well as easier to handle when needed. That accessibility is a huge plus; during power outages, gas stations may not have gas or diesel fuel available, or you might not be able to leave your home to refuel. Propane generators also are quieter and more emission-compliant than gas and diesel, and since propane — unlike gas or diesel — has a virtually unlimited shelf life, it can be safely stored for long periods of time and will be there when you need it.