Deal with an NV Energy Power Outage, Solar Style

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How to Deal with an NV Energy Power Outage

Handling an NV Energy power outage can be as easy as flipping a switch. With time, grid failures have become less frequent, but they still occur.

So, what can the average Nevadan do about the issue? Especially homeowners with children. If you think a crying baby is cranky, you should see a 12-year-old without the power to run his video games.

Three Main Types of Utilities: Which One Is NV Energy?

There are three main utility types in the United States that account for most utility sales. A knowledge of these utility types will offer a better picture of what utilities are out there.

Municipal, Co-op, and Investor-Owned Utilities

Municipal utilities are city-owned. On average, their customers experience the least amount of power outages per year.

Co-op utilities are customer-owned. These utilities are more concerned about customer service than profit. Unfortunately, the data from EIA has shown that co-ops have the most power outages. 

Investor-owned or IOUs are shareholder-owned. These utilities are more concerned about profit. NV Energy is an Investor-owned utility.

Average Power Outages in the United States

EIA has an annual electric power industry report. In the 2016 report, the US experienced at least one power outage per customer that year. These power outages lasted between 2-4 hours on average.

Nevada Power Outages

The EIA report compared states that had the highest and lowest outages. Although Nevada was on the lower end of this spectrum, it was the highest of the low outage states. On average, Nevada had right under one outage per customer with a duration of about two hours– pretty close to the national average.

How Nevada Power Outages Affect You

A 5-minute power outage isn’t that big of a deal, but a couple of hours could cause your food to go bad. If a major event happens, the amount of time without power is likely to be even higher. You should expect at least one major power outage each year.

However, if large-scale outages ensued, powering electricity-reliant equipment may be the least of your worries. If something like an EMP occurred, you wouldn’t have a chance. Electric appliances would become useless, and heating and air conditioning would be rudimentary. You won’t have any communication, transportation, or banking. Survival of the fittest would turn into more than an entertaining TV show.

Survival in a Power Outage

Knowing what you need to do in a power outage will help you to better prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a couple of days, you need a plan.

72-hour Kits

72-hour kits are a minimalist’s way to make sure you are ready for the worst-case scenario. In addition to a First Aid kit, water and food are basic necessities.

You will need at least one gallon of water per person for at least three days. A good 72-hour kit will also have three days of non-perishable food per person.

Best Way to Light up the Dark

Having some form of light will allow you to have greater mobility at night. Flashlights with extra batteries provide the safest form of light. If your flashlights don’t work, candles are a good backup.

Faraday Cages/Bags

No one wants an EMP to happen. However, if one does occur, a Faraday cage or bag will help.

Faraday’s protect essential electronics from electromagnetic pulses. Faraday containers are good for storing flashlights, crank radios, batteries, and walkie-talkies. If you want sustainable energy, consider storing a portable solar charging station.

Solar Backup’s Role in a Power Outage

Although a solar installation on its own will help save money, it won’t help in a power outage. These homes won’t have power because most solar arrays stay connected to the grid. 

NEC updates prevent grid-tied solar arrays from powering solar homes in a power outage.  Go Solar Group has a couple of options that allow solar homeowners to have power during a grid failure.

Solar Generator

To solve the issues related to short outages, Go Solar Group offers the Goal Zero Yeti. This solar generator can power a couple of circuits or several appliances/electronics through one of its many outlets.

This generator will work no matter if the sun is out or not. However, it won’t provide all the power needs of a home.

Battery Backup

If you want to go off the grid, Go Solar Group is a certified Tesla Powerwall Installer. These systems allow homes to use solar power no matter the time of day.

Solar backup offers flexibility and security during uncertain times. If you fill out our quick survey, we will set up a no-obligation appointment to learn more about backup. 

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