“It’s the ungodly heat in 100 degree weather or the time we had no heat for four days when it was below freezing outside. I couldn’t care about finances. I just wanted to live or breathe.”

~ Research Respondent

That was just one of many respondents to a 2015 study conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council in partnership with B2B International that researched the effects of power outages in the United States. According to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, the U.S. suffered 3,634 power outages in 2014, affecting more than 14 million people. That’s 12 percent higher than 2013, and 285 percent more often than in 1984. What’s more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, outages are actually lasting longer than ever before. Despite the financial and emotional burden a power outage can place on a family, only 27 percent of homeowners report having any source of backup power.


The 73 percent of homeowners without any source of backup power are families that builders and construction professionals can help. And many are turning to propane, because of its distinct advantages to homeowners, compared with other standby fuel sources.

In areas where natural disasters have occurred, many builders have discovered the value of building and marketing more durable homes. Yet resilient building is about more than “sturdiness” propane standby generator will give homeowners heating and cooling, lighting, refrigeration, and the other amenities their neighbors are without after the power is knocked out.

The research revealed that the main homeowner concerns during a power outage are the stress it puts on families, strain on finances, dangerous heat or cold, the inability to cook, and loss of sanitary amenities.

Reliable standby power can remedy most, if not all of these. A standby generator powered by propane is uniquely positioned to overcome the challenges posed by a power outage, and here’s how:

  • Supplies supplemental electricity in as little as 10 seconds after an outage.
  • Propane is non-toxic, non-poisonous, and won’t contaminate soil or water.
  • Can handle an entire home’s energy needs for days and is available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home.
  • Propane doesn’t degrade over time and produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel or gasoline, making it an ideal standby power fuel.

Resilient building doesn’t stop at construction materials, or sturdy building practices. It’s about resisting hazards brought on by major disasters and continuing to provide the primary function of a home –– protecting a family –– after a disaster. If a home can’t function during and after a power interruption, it’s not truly resilient. Reliable standby power and propane standby generators in particular, can protect families during these stressful times.

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