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What Happens If the Power Goes Out During COVID-19?

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Our society as a whole has changed and now more than ever we have to ensure we’re prepared for anything that could potentially cause a disruption--including power outages. Because now i’s more common than ever to see employees working from home while simultaneously balancing Zoom calls and trying to make sure the kids are getting their virtual schoolwork done.

Keep reading to learn more about why you need to be prepared for this reality and what you can do to protect your home from the unexpected.

Power Outages in a COVID-19 World

On one hand, we can all be incredibly thankful that we’re as technologically connected as we are as it makes living through a global event much more convenient. However, that also means that we’re even more dependent on having a reliable source of constant electrical power.

While most local utility companies here in Florida do a good job of keeping service down times low, there’s still a chance that an outage could happen at any moment due to storms, equipment malfunction, and a million other scenarios.

So, if the power went out unexpectedly and was down for a lengthy period of time, what would you do?

Here are some things to consider:

  • If the power goes out, so does your access to make calls. This means your VOIP line cannot be used to call out and there’s no way to charge your cell phone. Unless you have a dedicated landline with a classic wall phone, there’s no way to get in touch with loved ones. Or even perform work duties. 
  • No power means no internet and no WiFi connection. This means you can’t work from home, your children cannot attend school virtually, and there’s definitely no Netflix binge sessions. Your security system likely won't work. And your connected devices like Alexa or your Ring doorbell camera won't work correctly.
  • A lengthy period of time without power can compromise the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Getting to the grocery store is harder than ever now, and eating out at a restaurant can be a financial or logistical challenge for some.
  • Major power outages mean there’s a chance you could be without hot water for cooking or bathing and air conditioning to keep you cool. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it would be easy to go somewhere else to get these things, but social distancing makes this another challenge to overcome.
  • If you or a loved one have a medical condition that requires oxygen or another special piece of equipment, not having power can literally mean the difference between life and death.

See where we’re going with this?

Prior to COVID-19, a significant power outage was an inconvenience for a few hours, days or weeks. Now, it can mean the difference between being able to survive versus being left completely vulnerable.

Why Solar Power Protects Your Life

Having solar panels and backup batteries can help protect you from the unexpected. A professional solar system gives you peace of mind and helps you feel prepared from outages and natural disasters that might leave you without access to essential needs, like electricity.

Furthermore, solar is more affordable now that it was in the past because most Florida homeowners qualify for federal income tax incentives that enable them to save a lot of money long-term. In the end, switching your current monthly utility bill for a reliable, endless source of energy provides more value.

Never Be in the Dark with Vinyasun

As a full-service solar energy company, we’re proud to be an industry leader in South Florida and are always excited to discuss your solar options and vast incentives with you. Contact us today from "virtually" anywhere and see what solar can do for your home.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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