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The Rise of Brownouts and its Effect on your Home.

Most people are familiar with blackouts and how they can wreak havoc on your home or business. However, many people are unfamiliar with brownouts and the effects they can have on your electronics. With the rise of an unreliable power grid, many cities are seeing an increase in brownouts. These brownouts occur when there is a reduction in electricity and have a variety of triggers including bad weather and an overload of the power grid. Although a reduction in electricity may not appear to be as bad as a blackout, it can still be just as damaging. 

 

The Effects on your Home

During a brownout, your lights may dim or flicker, however, the real problem occurs with sensitive electrical equipment like computers and televisions. Brownouts can cause these high-tech electrical products to malfunction and in some cases cause permanent damage. A sustained brownout has the ability to damage the motors in everyday appliances, such as dryers, washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners.   

How to prepare

Due to the hot weather during the summertime, many households rely on air conditioning, which requires a high level of energy. As a result, there is often a rise in brownouts during the summer months. If you ever experience a brownout, here are some of our tips to help prepare!

  1. Reduce your power consumption: You will want to reduce your power consumption during a brownout. It is recommended that you turn off all major appliances or anything that requires a lot of power. 

 

2. Keep fridge and freezer doors closed: In order to keep your freezer and fridge cold, try to keep the doors closed as much as possible. This will help keep it cool so that your food doesn’t spoil. 

 

3. Purchase a Generator: Lastly, the best way to prepare for a brownout is by having a standby generator. You won’t have to worry about your power consumption or the impact the outage may have on your home. 

It is important to note that if you are experiencing frequent brownouts contact your electricity provider. 

 

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