Power Outages Caused by Squirrels

Hundreds of Power Outages in the US Are Caused by…Squirrels?

When you think of power outages in this country, you generally think of weather related incidents and natural disasters – things like floods, fire, ice storms, heat waves and tornadoes.

It’s true, many power outages can be attributed to these events. However, believe it or not, many of the power outages that occur in the US are not the result of bad weather, but instead the result of squirrels and other small animals.

Yes, squirrels! And incidents seem to be on the rise. In fact, the number of incidents has significantly risen since we last touched on the squirrel issue in 2014. This squirrel problem is noteworthy enough that there is even a tongue-in-cheek website devoted to tracking power outages, or “cyber squirrel attacks” across the world: http://cybersquirrel1.com/  Even the Eaton Blackout Tracker lists animal related outages as causing 5% of all outages country-wide.

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Is Your UPS Energy Efficient

Is Your UPS Energy Efficient? And What to Do About It

Energy efficiency is an important factor to consider in today’s backup power infrastructure, as it’s one of the leading causes of excessive energy cost. The national average for commercial businesses energy costs is $2.29 per square foot, per year and for some facilities may be much higher.  This figure is based on estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Energy Data Book.

Do you know if your UPS is as energy efficient as it should be?  Just because your equipment is being properly maintained and routinely serviced doesn’t mean that you have the most energy efficient system.  If you aren’t sure how efficient your system is,  download the Quality Power Solution Energy Savings Calculator now and find out.

Once you’ve used our Energy Savings Calculator, you may have found out that your UPS system is not as efficient as you thought.  To resolve this issue, the best solution may be to invest in a more efficient, or properly sized system, which will give you the latest in energy efficient technology. Continue reading “Is Your UPS Energy Efficient? And What to Do About It” »