Keeping your Property and Your Tenants Protected From Rolling Blackouts
During the summer months, the days get very hot which puts a large strain on the power grid virtually everywhere. But in many places, the strain on the grid can lead to a rolling blackout. While this reality is one that both tenants and property owners must deal with, the process can be a little easier with some pre-planning. The following are ways you can better prepare your tenants and your property for summer blackouts.
Install a Smart Thermostat
This is a win-win for everyone involved. Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature based on your personal habits over time. When no one is home, the temperature adjusts to something less strenuous on the power grid and also the electric bill. Smart thermostats have become more affordable, and they are also a desirable amenity for renters these days.
Keep Freezer Full
Freezers that are full can keep contents cold for up to two days! Educating your tenants to move essential perishable foods into the freezer immediately during a blackout could be a useful tool to minimize the loss of food. It can also keep most of the frozen food useable, saving big money at the grocery store.
Know Your Insurance Policy
Some insurance policies will allow claims on the loss of perishable food during blackouts. Some policies will not cover any damage due to a blackout. Knowing your policy and knowing the first point of contact right after a blackout occurs is very important.
Establish Rules Concerning Generators
A generator can be useful during a blackout, but too often, people try to move the generator indoors, which is highly dangerous. Under no circumstances should a generator be allowed inside the property, and this should be spelled-out in your lease agreement if you live in an area prone to blackouts.
Have your Electrical System Serviced
Getting an annual check on your electrical system can be a useful tool to protecting your property. Make sure everything is in peak condition by having air conditioning units serviced, and your fuse box checked on an annual basis before it gets too hot. Technicians will have time in non-peak months, but trying to get them to check the system in the middle of the hottest part of the year, or right after a blackout could be next to impossible.