COVID-19 has without a doubt left its mark on Americans in every facet of society. Preferences and lifestyles have changed as a direct result of the pandemic. While we all hope that our lives will soon return to some level of normalcy as vaccines become more widely available, we know that some life and work adaptations are likely to remain for a while.
One of the key shifts recognized nationwide is an increased reliance on the home as a place to work, learn and relax. Sunrun Inc., a leading provider of residential solar, battery storage, and energy services, recently released a study that found COVID-19 has increased energy consumption for most homeowners, causing unique challenges in the event of a power outage.1
According to the survey, 57% of homeowners say they want to make home improvements, and this includes nearly 40% who have a growing interest in backup power sources. This greater interest in reliable backup power creates new opportunities for homebuilders, construction pros and homeowners considering upgrades that increase their energy security.
Standby generators highlight the versatility and dependability of propane. They provide an added level of security by keeping homes running during a power outage, grid disruption or utility shutdown. Unlike gasoline or diesel, propane does not degrade over time which makes it an ideal energy source for reliable standby power. Propane standby generators power on automatically when a power outage occurs, meaning homes affected by a loss of power will be back up and running in a matter of seconds.
Homeowners with a propane standby generator enjoy peace of mind knowing that their homes are safe and secure during power outages, even when they’re not at home. Security systems will continue to operate, temperature controls will keep the home from freezing or overheating, and the steady supply of backup electricity to refrigerators and freezers will avoid the waste and mess of spoiled food.
Propane is a low-carbon fuel, producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable fuel sources. When supplied by a standard residential propane storage tank, a propane standby generator can power a home for several days without interruption. Additionally, propane standby generators are a permanent fixture and are placed outside, similar to an A/C condenser, meaning there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, a risk posed by using portable power generators.
Homebuilders, electrical contractors and homeowners should be aware of the increased demand for reliable standby power. This shift presents opportunities for new projects for contractors and it provides an effective way to add value to homes that may be listed on the market in the coming years.
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