Many Australian states will not have reliable power unless new sources of electricity are found within the next four years, according to a recent report by the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO).
NEMMCO's Statement of Opportunities 2006 report identified Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia as the states susceptible to future power shortages.
Due to new generating capacity and the operation of the Basslink subsea transmission cable between Tasmania and the mainland, the report predicted supply over summer would meet at least 99 per cent of demand.
According to Honda , anything short of 100 per cent power supply, had the potential for productivity and stock loses to domestic and business users.
Unfortunately all it takes is a single power outage to throw everyday life into disarray both at the home and business.
At the least power shortfalls are inconvenient, but the worst case scenario can be more dire; just think perishable foodstuffs when fridge and freezers are turned off, and appliances such as eftpos and cash registers not working.
A generator is a relatively cost effective way of ensuring business continuity with the purchase cost being offset via a tax deduction.
Businesses including retail outlets and medical and dental practices, where lights eftpos and security are required to continue to function, are well advised to have backup power for added peace of mind.
Honda has a large range of affordable, lightweight and whisper-quiet generators ideal for both the home and business, if there are electricity disruptions, a generator will quickly pay for itself.
The Honda generator range starts with the 700 watt AC, 12 volt / 10 amp DC, EX7, weighing only 12 kg and capable of powering smaller appliances such as a television, stereo, light and camping fridge.
If power is needed for sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, Pure Sine Wave Output technology for smooth power delivery is recommended.
This feature is standard on Honda's EU inverter models, which start with the 1000 watt AC / 8 amp DC EU10i.
For extra power Honda's 2000 watt AC, 12 volt 8 amp DC, EU20i model weighs just 21 kg, less than half the weight of conventional generators and is capable of powering a fridge or microwave oven.
At the top end of the EU range is the EU30is model with 3000 watt AC / 12 amp DC output and the convenience of electric start to provide backup power for air conditioners and most home and business appliances.
For added efficiency the EU Inverter range is equipped with a load-sensitive ECO-Throttle system. This innovation automatically adjusts the engine's RPM to generate exactly the amount of power required by the appliance, thus reducing fuel consumption and noise levels.
Honda's more powerful EM50is and EM70is models are the largest capacity inverter generators in their class.
The EM50is has a maximum output of 5,000 watts AC and its rated output is 4,500 watts, while the EM70is delivers a maximum output of 6,500 watts AC, with a rated output of 5,500 watts, sufficient to power large household appliances or workshop power tools.
Honda also manufactures a large water-cooled generator, the EX5500 which is capable of powering most appliances in the average home or business simultaneously.