Although some might not agree, I think winter is a beautiful time of year. Everything is covered in white, puffy snow, and it’s no longer sweltering outside. These are all perks to me, if you forget about the icy roads and power outages. One of the nice things about today’s mobile workforce is that a lot of people are able to work from home on snowy days. Many employers no longer see the purpose of forcing workers to brave the highways to come to work, when they can easily do the same job at home. This is a great philosophy to have, but what if an employee’s home loses power?
This is a struggle that many people face during the winter months; freelancers encounter this problem all year long thanks to stormy weather and unforeseen incidents. The American Red Cross has some helpful tips on how to stay safe and prepare for a power outage, though.
First of all, the organization points out that you should make sure to turn off all lights and computers when not in use. The last thing you want is for your laptop to be plugged into the wall for no good reason when the power goes out. If there’s a surge, that could spell bad news for your computer and everything on it.
The American Red Cross also suggests replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights, as this will help reduce the amount of energy being used. Aside from changing the lights, you can also save energy by washing your clothes in cold water, and only washing full loads at a time. All of these tricks can help save energy, which is essential to coping with a power outage.
Even if an outage is only a few hours, it is still a major pain—especially if you work from home. I’ve had the power go out on me while writing an article in the past, and let me tell you, it’s not fun to lose all that work. Although the American Red Cross has some helpful tips when it comes to energy conservation, these methods won’t ensure that your power will stay on—it’ll just better your chances.
The only way to make sure that your work doesn’t suffer while working at home during an outage is to invest in uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems. With a UPS, you’ll be able to continue your work for a period of time, or at least complete your current tasks before shutting down properly. Either way, if you invest in a UPS, you don’t have to worry about losing any critical information, no matter what’s going on outside your window.