Survey finds what length of power outage is most frustrating

| by Mike Gersmeyer
Survey finds what length of power outage is most frustrating

As a society, we become more “plugged-in” every day. We have electronic gadgets of all shapes and sizes designed to keep us online and, for the most part, make life a little easier. So, now more than ever, a home without power can bring a family’s daily routine to a standstill in just a few minutes. 

But just how long does it take for a power outage to really become a nuisance for a family? If the results of a recent Harris Poll offer an indication, it might be a lot quicker than one would think. 

The survey, conducted before last year’s spring storm season, asked more than 2,000 U.S. residents a host of questions related to power outages. One of which was how long a power outage would need to last before it was considered a major inconvenience. More than half of the respondents indicated it would take seven hours or less for a power outage to cross from an unexpected happening to a full-blown inconvenience, especially considering the cost of power outages.

Long Power Outage Survey Results

The full results, from most popular response to least popular, were as follows:

  • 29% of people polled said a power outage lasting 4 to 7 hours is an inconvenience 
  • 26% of people polled said a power outage lasting 3 hours or less is an inconvenience
  • 20% of people polled said a power outage lasting 24 hours more is an inconvenience
  • 13% of people polled said a power outage lasting 12 to 23 hours is an inconvenience
  • 12% of people polled said a power outage lasting 8 to 11 hours is an inconvenience 

To avoid missing any of these items altogether, it’s important to prepare now for future emergencies and install a standby generator system. This backup power solution is professionally installed outside on a home’s property and keeps household lights and appliances on and running eve n when utility power to a home is knocked offline.

Learn more about how GE Generators work as a back-up power solution.


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