Protecting Your Property From The Risks Of Power Loss: SecureHeat's Home Monitor Provides Security In Record-Breaking Heat and Drought

September 11, 2012

Record-breaking heat and drought conditions this summer have taken a toll on power plants that need cool water to generate electricity, according to a mid-August report from National Geographic News. From coast-to-coast, many power plants have had to curtail production or get waivers to use cooling water that’s warmer than typically allowed by regulation.

Just last month, temperatures in Long Island Sound, a source of cooling water for the Millstone Power Station near New London, Connecticut, reached their highest sustained levels in over 40 years. This caused one of the facility’s two reactors to shut down.

While the outage didn’t immediately impact power delivery, it’s a vivid example of how extreme weather, including the hottest spring and July on record, wreaks havoc on the nation’s energy grid.

Why High and Dry is Double Trouble for US Power Plants

Not only was July the warmest on record, it was also one of the driest, with drought conditions covering over two thirds of the continental US. The combination of searing heat and dryness is double trouble for US power plants—especially in summer when people rely on water to run air conditioners.

These are conditions that Americans may just need to get used to, based on research from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory showing that extreme summer weather is happening more often and could become the norm by mid-century. While high temperatures alone don’t typically cause power outages, the severe storms that can come along with them often do. That’s exactly what happened early this summer, when a violent summer toppled trees and downed power lines in 11 states across the Midwest and East Coast, leaving millions without power in a heat wave.

More Dry Weather Ahead

Although temperatures have started to drop in many parts of the country, draught conditions are expected to last into the fall, continuing to challenge the US power grid. For homes and businesses, a home monitor that detects power losses and battery failures is a viable backup. This is especially true when your livelihood or wellbeing depends on the uninterrupted operation of a sump pump, or a refrigeration or cooling system.

In January, SecureHEAT released a power loss home monitor that uses a wall adapter as its main power source and runs on battery during power outages. It sends alerts when power is lost or the adapter unplugged, and also when power is restored. It even tracks how long a property has gone without power.

 

Sources:
Eaton, Joe. (2012, August 17). Record Heat, Drought Pose Problems for U.S. Electric Power. National Geographic Daily News. Retrieved August 31, 2012, from http://www.nationalgeographic.com. 

Main, Douglas. (2012, August 8). U.S. Heat Wave 2012: What’s Behind the Hot Weather? Huffington Post. Retrieved August 31, 2012 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com.

(2012, August 25). Extreme US Summer Temperatures Occurring More Frequently. EarthSky. Retrieved August 31, 2012 from http://www.earthsky.org

 
 
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