Do you have a commercial standby generator for your Potomac, MD business? If not, then your disaster recovery plan has a gigantic hole in it.
Most businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place, but most of those plans are centered around data recovery. That’s incredibly important, no doubt, but what happens if a major winter storm strikes the area, or a hurricane knocks the grid offline?
All the data recovery plans in the world won’t matter in the least if you can’t get the power on at your place of business. Worse, it’s not really a question of if it will happen, it’s merely a question of when. If you don’t have a commercial standby generator for your Potomac, MD business, every day the outage continues is costing you money and denting your bottom line. Conversely, having a generator gives you a powerful strategic advantage.
Of course, it’s not as simple as whipping out your business credit card and buying a generator. If you do that, there’s no guarantee that what you get will actually help you in the event of an outage. Our recommendation is to take a three-pronged approach:
Step one – Have an energy audit performed on your business. That’s something we can help with. As the region’s premier electrical services company, energy audits are one of the more common services we provide. The process doesn’t take terribly long and is guaranteed to give you several important bits of information.
In the first place, you’ll have a clear picture of exactly how much energy your business uses day to day, week to week and month to month. Second, you’ll learn what the primary drivers of your energy usage are. This is critical in terms of long-term planning, allowing you to retire energy-hogging equipment as it reaches the end of its useful life, replacing it with high-efficiency alternatives. It also, of course, gives you a read on how much generating capacity you’ll need from your commercial standby generator for your Potomac, MD business.
Step two – Make a detailed assessment of what equipment you would need to operate during an outage to keep your doors open. Some business owners want to be able to run everything or just about everything. Others will do a deep dive here and ruthlessly cut all but the most essential pieces of equipment from the equation until they’re left with a minimal set of absolutely essential equipment.
That list, plus the power requirements gleaned from the energy audit, gives you a value that tells you how much generating capacity you’ll need from your backup system.
Step three – Budgeting and narrowing your selection. Finally, you’re in a place where you can begin to cast about for the perfect commercial grade generator for your business. You know how much you have to spend and how much capacity you’ll need. Granted, there are other factors to consider here, like what fuel source you’d prefer that your generator be powered from.
There are lots of options on that front. You’ll find gas-powered generators, solar powered generators, generators that run on propane or natural gas, and even a few that can handle multiple fuel types. Mostly, the answer to this question comes down to personal preference and the availability of different fuel types near you.
In any case, once all that data has been collected, it’s usually pretty easy to generate a short list of generators that will work for you.
If you’d rather not have to do all that research, we’ve got you covered. We carry a complete line of Generac generators which are among the best in the industry. Whatever your budget, and however much power you need, we’ve got a generator for you!
We’ll set it up, teach you and your employees how to use it, and if you like, we can take care of all the periodic maintenance too, by enrolling you in our comprehensive maintenance program. That way, it’s essentially hands-free and one less thing you have to worry or think about.
The good news here is that when it comes to your company’s backup power supply when the grid fails, you just need your generator to work. You don’t want there to be any question about it, or it defeats your entire disaster recovery plan. Maintenance helps ensure that happens.
Of course, as a full-service electrical contracting company, we do more than just sell and service generators. If your building’s wiring isn’t up to code, we can fix that. If you’re expanding and need a new annex wired for power, we’ve got you covered, and if you’re interested in automating your office, we can help with that too!
Electrical system automation is something that many people still see as a fad, but it can actually save you an impressive amount of money, allowing you to track, monitor and control your company’s power usage in ways that are simply impossible otherwise.
Imagine being able to get a bird’s eye view of your company’s power usage from a central console on an app on your phone? Imagine being able to selectively power devices on or off as needed, even from hundreds of miles away? Both of those and a whole lot more besides that are possible via automation.
Whatever your needs are where your company’s electrical systems are concerned, help is just a phone call away, and we’d love to add your business to our growing family of satisfied clients. Call us today.