QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS -FROM RESIDENTS WHO PURCHASED GENERATORS SO THEY WOULD HAVE POWER WHEN NEIGHBORS EXPERIENCING POWER OUTAGES AND ARE WILLING TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THE COMMUNITY ARE AVAILABLE...
In the coming months we can anticipate some storms, nor'easters, possible hurricanes and power outages. Although state, county, local and Con Ed officials are trying to come up with ways to improve responses after trees come down and neighborhoods are left without power, it's impossible to immediately get everyone's power back up after a major storm--if hundreds of thousands of people are out of power. Some people will always be out of power for days during the restoration process.
ONE OPTION THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER- PURCHASING A GENERATOR
I recently sent questionnaires to residents who purchased generators asking for their feedback. Some people responded and authorized me to share their responses with residents interested in exploring generator purchases. If you would like to receive a copy of the survey results and learn of the experiences some of your neighbors have had with generators please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DURING THE LAST STORM GENERATOR INSTALLERS WERE BUSY, AND THEY COULD NOT IMMEDIATELY RESPOND TO ALL REQUESTS--so if you are interested in purchasing a generator you should take action before the next major storm, not during the storm.
I continue to believe that Westchester County or Con Ed should purchase generators in bulk to make the purchases more affordable for residents.
From a list of suggestions I made to the state/county/Con Ed after the storm...
GENERATORS. Con Ed, the county or state should negotiate deep discounts for the purchase of generators and could purchase them in bulk. NYS should offer tax credits and or affordable monthly payments to make it easier for people to purchase generators. Con Ed could offer a service to customers installing generators and maintaining them during outages. This could be helpful for seniors. Con Edison may want to assist homeowners with installing exterior receptacles and the other wiring needed to safely run the generator. They usually require a licensed electrician to do this work which is very expensive…
When there are extended power outages, Con Ed could offer to install loaner generators to some elderly, disabled residents who don't have generators in their homes.
Any credit for backup generators should prioritize solar backup generators. For those homeowners where a whole house backup generator would not be feasible, a tax credit for portable generators should be offered as well. These could help power refrigerators, freezers, a room heater, coffee maker, etc. They are much less expensive: run $400 to $1300 each. They won’t heat a house but it is an alternative.
The town, Con Ed or the county could host a day where manufacturers and related professionals could talk about options that homeowners have for units and cost effective options they could afford