FranklinWH Outage Prevention Club: 6 Tips to Safeguard Your Home

Home energy storage · Mar 18, 2024

In an era marked by technological advancements and reliance on electricity, power outages can disrupt our daily lives in significant ways. From inconveniences such as spoiled food to more serious concerns such as security risks, being left in the dark is never a pleasant experience.

However, with the right knowledge and proactive measures, you can minimize the impact of home power outages. In the FranklinWH Outage Prevention Club, you will learn essential tips to protect your home from the inconvenience and potential dangers of unexpected blackouts.

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Invest in Backup Power Solutions

The cornerstone of outage prevention is having a reliable backup power source. Consider investing in a generator or a battery backup system to keep essential appliances and systems running during an outage. Generators can range from portable units suitable for powering a few appliances to whole-house standby generators that seamlessly kick in when the main power goes out. Similarly, battery backup systems, larger but similar to uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), can keep appliances, computers, and other sensitive electronics running until power is restored.

A better solution is a home energy management system with battery storage that can integrate a generator. Take the FranklinWH energy management system as an example. The FranklinWH system integrates solar, grid, battery storage, and generator, managing various energy sources seamlessly to provide complete energy independence for the home.

Instead of an either-or situation, the innovative FranklinWH solution integrates battery storage and generators into a single solution. Check Whole House Battery Backup vs Generator: Which Power Solution Is Right for You? for more information.

Secure Your Home Against Surges

Power surges, whether caused by lightning strikes or grid fluctuations, can damage electronic devices and appliances. Install surge protectors at strategic points throughout your home to safeguard against sudden voltage spikes. Consider whole-house surge protection systems for comprehensive coverage. Additionally, unplug sensitive electronics during thunderstorms or when not in use to minimize the risk of damage.

The FranklinWH system will seamlessly switch between different energy sources to supply power to the home without interruption when there is a power outage and does so within 16 milliseconds. With an intelligent FranklinWH system controlling the loads, your home electronics will be protected from power surges.

Maintain Your Electrical System

Regular maintenance of your home's electrical system is crucial for outage prevention. Schedule periodic inspections by a qualified electrician to identify and address potential issues such as loose connections, worn-out wiring, or outdated components. Keeping your electrical system in good condition not only reduces the risk of outages but also enhances overall safety and efficiency.

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Fortify Against Weather-related Threats

Weather-related outages, whether due to storms, hurricanes, or extreme temperatures, are among the most common causes of power loss. Take proactive measures to fortify your home against these threats. Trim tree branches that could potentially fall on power lines, secure outdoor furniture, and equipment, and consider installing storm shutters or impact-resistant windows to protect against high winds and flying debris.

The FranklinWH energy management system has a function called Storm Hedge. It will receive extreme weather warnings from the National Weather Service and notify the homeowner through the FranklinWH App. If Storm Hedge is turned on, the system will receive that notification and then charge the battery to 100% as a priority – waiting to supply power as a backup.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Despite your best efforts, power outages can still unexpectedly occur. Be prepared by assembling an emergency kit containing essential supplies such as flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, non-perishable food items, water, and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Keep the kit in a designated location that is easily accessible to all family members. Additionally, consider investing in a portable phone charger or a solar-powered charger to keep your mobile devices powered up during extended outages.

Educate Your Household

Outage prevention is a team effort, and educating your household members about safety protocols and emergency procedures is crucial. Teach everyone how to safely operate backup power equipment, locate and use emergency supplies, and respond appropriately during power outages. Develop a family emergency plan that includes designated meeting points, contact information for local utilities and emergency services, and instructions for shutting off utilities if necessary.

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Final Words

By implementing these six tips, you can help safeguard your home against the inconvenience and potential dangers of power outages. Remember, preparation is key, and investing time and resources in outage prevention today can save you from a world of trouble tomorrow.

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