What appliances do homeowners miss most during winter outages?

| by Mike Gersmeyer
What appliances do homeowners miss most during winter outages?

Early-winter power outages are already pockmarking the country. If a recent Harris Poll is any indication, homeowners have a pretty well defined list of household items they miss most while toughing out a power outage without a backup power solution.

Most Missed Household Items during Power Outages 

The survey, conducted earlier this year, asked more than 2,000 U.S. residents to choose the three items in their homes that would be missed most during a power outage. Not surprisingly, 85 percent of respondents choose their refrigerator/freezer. Not having power to a refrigerator/freezer can have a financial impact, too. It is estimated that losing utility power to a home without a viable backup power solution can result in up to $200 in food loss due to spoilage.

Other items respondents included in their top 3 items that would be missed most during an outage included:

  • Heat/AC (66 percent of respondents included)
  • Lights (42 percent)
  • Cell phone (35 percent)
  • Television (19 percent)
  • Computer/tablet (16 percent)
  • Sump pump (12 percent)
  • Washer/dryer (2 percent)

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 even when utility power to a home is knocked offline.

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


Companies: GE Generator Systems



Mike Gersmeyer
Mike Gersmeyer is the product manager for the Standby Power division at Briggs & Stratton. He has more than 17 years of product development experience in outdoor power equipment, consumer products, paper machinery, and automotive. Gersmeyer’s previous roles at Briggs & Stratton have included program management and engineering management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

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