We live in a world of networks. You can’t get on your social networks at the office (for professional purposes, of course) unless your computer is connected to the company network, which has to establish connectivity to the network of servers that make up the Internet. There’s another network that rules them all. And we often take it for granted. Until it fails.
And unlike hackers or server failures, all it takes is a strong thunderstorm to bring this network down. That’s right, it’s your connection to the power grid. A lightning strike to a nearby power pole can cut off your juice. Here is the most cost-effective way to keep things running in your office until power is restored.

UPS

In the parlance of power, UPS doesn’t stand for the fleet of brown trucks that deliver your packages. It’s an acronym for Uninterruptible Power Supply. These are often the most efficient and cost-effective ways to ensure the least amount of productivity loss to your office when a storm shuts off the electricity.
Most of the time, the power interruption won’t last long. Get by with temporary power supplied by this battery backup solution.
It doesn’t mean business as usual. These solutions are meant to prevent data loss more than anything else. Most also serve as protection from power surges or fluctuations caused by storms. These surges and brownouts can seriously damage your office electronic equipment.
You can buy quality, reliable UPS solutions right off the shelf, and even install them yourself. What may require some expert assistance is determining the best UPS to use in your office. You’ll have to determine:
– The load each UPS can handle. In other words, how many devices you can attach to it.
– The amount of time you need that UPS to buy you in order to back up data and safely shut down equipment.
– The power rating. You can’t run a plasma TV off a hearing aid battery. Your UPS must have a power rating that can handle the consumption needed by the devices attached to it.

Keep in mind that it takes power to make power. These UPS devices are busy consuming electricity to keep a battery charge. The trade-off is that you’ll always have a safe transition time if a storm cuts the electricity. You’ll gain the assurance that nothing was lost when the power went out at the office.

BYOG

It’s not really an acronym. We sort of just made it up. It stands for Buy Your Own Generator. This solution can be cost-effective if your office is in an area that experiences frequent power outages caused by storms. However, it can be costly.

The price of a standby generator to provide electric power for your office is determined by your size and needs. It may be more than you bargained for. You’ll definitely want to consult with a professional to decide if this truly is a cost-effective solution.

New approaches

It’s a frustrating fact. You’re subject to the whims of Mother Nature during a thunderstorm as long as your company gets electricity from that utility poleoutside – which is connected to the main electrical power grid.
Unless you decide to employ expensive solutions, the best you can do is prevent damage and loss of valuable business information when a storm cuts the power to your company. What’s even more frustrating? Knowing that your utility bills will continue to increase each year.
There are ways to reduce this last bit of frustration. Join the growing number of small businesses and medium-sized companies who have discovered the cost savings of being a member of one of our solar gardens. Besides saving up to 10% annually on their office utility bills, they’re locking in a rate for the next 25 years and bypassing the average 2% to 4% annual hikes they usually experience.

It’s a stable source of electricity.
Can a storm still cut the power to your office when you join a solar garden? Most definitely. The source of your electricity changes, but how it gets to you is still the same. Yes, back to the power grid.
Even so, the cost savings are more than enough to buy solid and reliable UPS systems for your business.