• Adam H. Cooke

Home Standby Generators are the Next Must-Have Appliance? I

There are many good reasons why standby generators are becoming more popular in households.

In the middle of the 1970s, the first video cassette recorders were introduced to homes. It was not common to see a VCR in a living room anywhere in the world by 1989.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1971, only 1% of U.S. households had a microwave oven. This figure was 25 percent by 1986. Today, microwaves are common in all kitchens around the globe.

Personal computers were rare until the mid-1980s. According to the American Community Survey in 2016, 89 percent of U.S. households owned a computer.

A new appliance, the home standby generator, is on track to be as popular as microwaves and video recorders.

Recent disasters

A ferocious cold storm swept across Texas in February 2021. It caused power outages that affected over 4.5 million homes, businesses, and other facilities. experts estimate that at least 210 people were killed in the outage.

Without electricity, sump pumps and septic pump didn't work, heat was not available in homes, which caused water pipes to freeze and food to spoil in fridges and freezers.

In August 2021 Hurricane Ida decimated large areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. In the midst of oppressive temperatures, more than a million people were without power for cooling and food storage.

In August 2021, heavy rains and flooding left nearly 1 million Michigan homes and businesses without power.

In addition to heat waves hitting the West Coast in summer 2021, Pacific Gas and Electric warned customers about rolling blackouts.

It's easy for residents to be nervous when you consider the constant threat wildfires pose on the electricity grid. A home standby generator is an appliance that supplies electricity to entire houses for several weeks at a stretch.