The cost of
Power Outstages
in the U.S.

87%

of power outages are caused by
severe weather (50,000 or more customers).

Power outages
cost American
households

$150billion

annually with weather-related
outages accounting for $25 -
$70 billion per year

500 thousand

people on average affected
daily by U.S. power outages.

Weather-related power outages have doubled since 2003.

Source: Patterson, Thom. "U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing.” CNN Tech, 15 Oct. 2010. Web. www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/08/09/smart.grid/. Source: U.S. Department of Energy. Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages. By the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oce of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Aug. 2013. Source: Samenow, Jason. "Report: Power outages due to weather have doubled since 2003." The Washington Post 11 Apr. 2014. Source: Campbell, Richard. United States. Congressional Research Service. Weather-Related Power Outages and Electrical System Resiliency. 2012.

Totals are greater than 100% because some events fall into multiple initiating-event categories.

Source: Campbell, Richard. United States. Congressional Research Service. Weather-Related Power Outages and Electrical System Reciliency. 2012.

THE POTENTIAL
COST TO HOMEOWNERS

$10K

Burst or
Frozen Pipes

$21K

Flooded
Basement

$500 / $30K

Mold Removal

$250 / $500

Food Loss

$110 / night

Alternative Shelter

Source: Michigan Fire Claims, Inc.; Auburn Hills Michigan

Source: FloodSmart.gov (A two-inch flood in a 2,000 sq. ft. home)

Source: MoldRemediationCostGuide.com

Source: Carrns, Ann. "Hurricane Damage Questions, Part 2: Flooding and Food." The New York Times, 31 Aug. 2011. Web. http://nyti.ms/1kRyv2z.

Source: Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index (HPI®)

EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER
IS A MUST-HAVE FOR HOMEOWNERS

Standby
Generators

  • Permanently attached to a home similar to a central air-conditioning unit
  • Run on propane or natural gas(self-feeding fuels)
  • Turn on automatically when power is lost; homeowner does not need to be present
  • Can power everything in a home, including heating, HVAC, lights, appliances and sensitive electronics
  • Some standby generators, like those from Kohler, can be operated remotely from a smartphone