Thinking back to the Big Freeze in February might make you shiver. Many of Dallas’ residents were stuck indoors for days on end, unable to even get out of their driveways. But perhaps the worst parts of the early February freeze were the rolling blackouts that some residents suffered.
According to Oncor, the power delivery company in North Texas, 1.3 million residents were affected by these blackouts. Luminant, the biggest power provider in the state, lost 11 coal and natural gas generators on February 2. This trickled all the way down to North Texas residents, and even fire stations and police stations were stuck without power.
Losing power during a cold snap can be quite an an inconvenience. If you’re without power for an extended period of time, you might have to incur extra costs, or even face the danger of driving on icy roads by going out to eat, or even be driven out of your home to a hotel room to stay warm for the night. In the office, or even at home, a sudden power outage can cause you to lose precious data on your computer as well. So what can you do to prevent these things from affecting you in the future? Install an emergency power system.
An uninterruptable power supply (or UPS) provides emergency power to your home in the event of a power outage. Designed to provide instant backup power, a UPS uses batteries or diesel generators to keep you up and running. There are a variety of types of uninterruptable power supplies, and a Dallas Electrician can help find the one that will fit your home or office, and can install it safely for you.
So, before you’re left in the dark or cold again, talk to a local electrician in Dallas about the different emergency power systems available for you, and which one will best fit your needs. They will be able to assess your situation and make sure your power system is safely installed. Then, the next time North Texas suffers from rolling blackouts, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your family and home is safe from the heat or cold.