Dramatic changes to our climate and weather seem to be increasing every year. Power outages after a violent storm are not new and with loss of power comes stress, inconvenience for businesses causing loss of revenue. Investing on standby generators is now a vital expense.
A portable generator as a temporary solution to a power cut, is fine for meeting the power requirements of a home . Often, a diesel powered mobile unit is more than adequate to sustain a household for several days, although power will be interrupted while the unit needs to be refueled. Businesses often need something more substantial, though. Standby generators are permanent units, fitted professionally, that will keep a business supplied with uninterrupted power for an extended period of time.
1. Initial expense versus long term benefits
It cannot be denied that for many businesses who have a limited budget, a generator can prove to be a substantial expense. The price of a good quality unit can run into thousands of pounds and with the cost of professional installation added, this amount can almost double. In addition, there is the cost of the fuel needed to keep the generator running during power loss, whether it be diesel or natural or propane gas.
However, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of this type of expense. While the initial investment in standby generators, coupled with fuel costs, may seem like a terrifying amount of money for any business to outlay, the long term benefits may still far outweigh the primary expense.
2. Loss of power equals loss of revenue.
Long time without power can have disastrous consequences for any business. The inability to illuminate the workplace, to run machinery, or to communicate with clients and other businesses, all mean that the business cannot operate normally, resulting in closures. A closed business will very quickly lose money. If your competitors are able to run things smoothly because they have back up power, then you risk losing your customers to them. Loss of power for even a few hours can cost your business a great deal of money. In these circumstances, the expense of fitting a back up generator will soon seem inconsequential by comparison. A back up supply that fires up in seconds could save your business.
The size and capacity of the generator you need will depend upon how you utilize your power. Running heavy industrial machinery and equipment will require a more substantial back up power supply. This is where the need for professional installation is paramount. It is always best to take the advice of an expert, who can make an assessment of your power needs and recommend a back up unit that can accommodate your business.
With natural weather disasters becoming more and more frequent, the only question any business owner should be asking themselves is “Can I afford not to consider standby generators as a contingency plan?” In the longer term, spending the money on a back up unit can prevent substantial loss of profit during an emergency.
Harry Wilson is an electrical engineer who specialists in standby generators and back up power supplies. He writes regularly on the subject of secondary power supplies for a range of trade and business publications.