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How to prepare for a power outage in California: Follow these tips from PG&E

·1 min read

A power outage isn’t just inconvenient and potentially dangerous. It could also mean expensive repairs for homes and businesses.

Below are tips and resources provided by PG&E Corp. on backup power solutions, how to safely operate them and financial assistance for those in need.

Portable power stations

Portable power stations and battery technology can power anything from phones to refrigerators and can operate indoors and outdoors. The advantages include minimal noise and fumes as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

Another environmentally friendly and reliable option is pairing your solar energy system with a battery.

How to safely used a portable system

  • Never connect a backup power system to another power source, including PG&E power lines.

  • Store generators away from flammable materials including dry grass.

  • Remember that generators become hot during and after use.

  • Position your generator where exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Use appropriate size extension cords and never run cords under rugs or carpet.

Financing options

PG&E provides a Self-Generation Incentive Program that helps businesses and residential customers install new and qualifying equipment for backup power during shutoffs.

The program helps customers extend electrical power by adding battery storage to their wildfire safety plan. It also offers qualifying customers the support they need to cover 100% of battery and installation costs with help based on the customers’ income, location, medical needs and experience with past Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Other financing resources include:

What do you want to know about life in Sacramento? Ask our California Utility Team your top-of-mind questions in the module below or email utilityteam@sacbee.com.

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