NEWINGTON -Devastation caused by the season‚Äôs first major hurricane has people in the Carolinas calling on their northern neighbors for electrical power.
Connecticut Home Generator Systems and CT Electric Co. in Newington have been shipping generators by the truckload, not only to places down South where portable generators sold out last week, but also to local residents.
‚ÄúWhenever we get a weather event like this it makes how vulnerable we are to Mother Nature,‚ÄĚ Ed Ingalls, owner of Connecticut Home Generator Systems, said as phones in his Pane Road showroom rang. ‚ÄúNone of us realize how vulnerable we are to tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms and things of this nature until they actually happen.‚ÄĚ
Panic rose as weather forecasters predicted Hurricane Florence would bring a 13-foot storm surge and 80-plus-mph winds. Although it was eventually downgraded to Category 2, the hurricane still caused widespread flooding and outages. People went on the internet searching for ‚Äėhome generators‚Äô Ingall said, and his company came up.
Connecticut did not feel significant effects from the storm, but residents with family and friends in the hurricane‚Äôs direct path were also calling.
‚ÄúThey want to be able to get them a generator if they need it,‚ÄĚ Ingalls explained.
The problem with going into a frenzy at the last minute, he pointed out, is that it‚Äôs not proactive.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs like an insurance policy. It‚Äôs no help if you get it after the fact. The idea is to have a generator installed prior to a catastrophic event.‚ÄĚ
Depending on how much a homeowner is willing to spend, generators can supply power to almost every appliance, light and system there is. Some people just want a guarantee that they won‚Äôt be left in the cold and darkness, but others, like people who rely on medical equipment every day, need a fail-safe.
‚ÄúGenerators used to be a luxury, something rich people bought,‚ÄĚ Ingalls pointed out. ‚ÄúIn the last few years, the prices have gone down and they‚Äôve become a necessity.‚ÄĚ
An automatic, stand-by model can be purchased and installed in a home for as low as $6,000. However, it‚Äôs the portable systems with a manual electric in-demand during emergencies. These are cheaper, operate on gasoline and can be stored in a garage, basement or shed until needed, then wheeled out for use.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a tremendous investment,‚ÄĚ Ingalls said. ‚ÄúIt gives people that comfort and peace of mind.‚ÄĚ
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or email@example.com.