Have you ever really thought about how much a winter power outage actually costs you? Sure, losing power for a few hours or a few days is bad enough, but there are lots of additional fees homeowners rarely consider. See below for a quick breakdown of how much you can expect to spend if a severe winter storm rolls into town:
- Emergency Supplies: when the power goes out during the winter, the first thing homeowners think about is grabbing a flashlight or a candle to see. The next thought is staying warm. So, between blankets, flashlights, firewood, candles and other emergency supplies you can expect to spend upwards of $500.
- Food Gone Bad: If you’re lucky, you may be able to get away with keeping food outside – that is, if the temperature is cold enough. Otherwise, food only lasts a few hours in the fridge before it spoils. Spoiled food can add up to a whopping $300.
- Renting a Room: in case of a severe storm, it may be safest to leave your home and stay in a hotel for a couple of nights, especially if you don’t have another way to heat your home and are in need of lights and a warm shower. If this is the case, be prepared to spend anywhere from $100 – $175 per night.
- Property Damage and Repairs: this is where you could incur the highest expenses, depending again on the severity of the storm. Fallen trees, flooding, broken pipes and the like can lighten your wallet to the tune of a couple thousand dollars.
For the reasons mentioned above, it might be worth investing in a generator. This way, you have a better chance at keeping your family safe and keeping some green in your wallet. Remember, it’s best to have a certified electrician install the proper wiring so that your generator doesn’t become another added expense during the storm.