SCE Offers Larger Rebates for Backup Power Purchases
When electric service is disrupted by an emergency, natural disaster, needed maintenance or a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), having a backup power source in your emergency kit can save the day.
Backup power sources can keep the lights on during power outages and can be a key to keeping your family safe during emergencies. They can help you stay connected during outages, charge your laptops, phones and other devices, as well as keep your router or Wi-Fi system functioning.
“SCE encourages customers to be prepared, and we recently increased the rebates available to customers for the purchase of backup power devices to help them be ready,” said Robert Arredondo, who works on SCE’s PSPS customer readiness program. Customers can research and shop for backup batteries or portable generators online at the SCE Marketplace.
Recent technological changes have made portable backup batteries more readily available to customers. These devices vary in power output, and many can be charged by multiple sources, including a wall outlet and portable solar panels. Portable backup batteries are compact and easy to store, while charge times vary depending on capacity and charging modes.
Portable batteries are versatile and may be a valuable investment, emergencies aside. They can power griddles, portable stoves, refrigerators and lights and fans. Because of their small size, absence of emissions and ability to be used indoors, they can also be used anywhere that portable power is needed, including on family outings, camping trips or in a vehicle while traveling.
“For many customers, there are several advantages to using a portable battery, including that they are easy to use “plug and play” devices, operate quietly and do not produce harmful fumes,” Arredondo said. “Many customers like that these batteries can be charged using solar panels and, therefore, produce free, clean power.”
Traditionally, a backup power source was a generator fueled by gasoline or natural gas. Some generators can power an entire home, including large appliances and devices such as refrigerators, garage door openers and water pumps. While varying in size, all portable generators must be operated correctly and used outside and away from anything flammable.
For many customers, there are several advantages to using a portable battery, including that they are easy to use 'plug and play' devices, operate quietly and do not produce harmful fumes.”Robert Arredondo, SCE PSPS Customer Readiness Program
Customers should work with a licensed electrician if they want to connect a generator to their home and should also check with their local fire or building department about how to store generators and fuel.
Since all backup systems differ, customers are encouraged to review user manuals for detailed instructions and safety guidelines. Customers should also consider UL-listed (Underwriters Laboratories) and FM Approvals-certified devices since these fire protection products have been tested and verified for inclusion in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's list of Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories.
For more information about backup generation, download SCE’s fact sheets Understanding Backup Generation and The Power of Being Prepared.