New Zealand is a nation of small and micro businesses, there are approximately 530,00 small businesses in the country representing 97% of all firms. They account for 28 per cent of employment and contribute over a quarter of New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Although many Kiwis are currently working from home to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, many small business owners tend to operate their business from home, especially when they’re first starting out. Having a home office has some distinct advantages especially giving business owners freedom and flexibility.
However, for any business to remain operational, it is important for business owners to foresee any possible disruptions including natural disasters causing possible power outages.
Back on August 9, 2021, there was a cold snap caused by a passing storm that sent temperatures plunging across the North Island and pushed the demand for heating. Approximately, 34,350 homes had their electricity cut off without warning as the storm stirred up weeds preventing electricity generation at Genesis Tokaanu hydropower station on the Tongariro River.
Home-based businesses can also experience a sudden power surge which can cost them hundreds to thousands in appliance replacements.
While power surges typically last just a second, if a surge is of sufficient energy level then it can damage or destroy electrical equipment or the infrastructure itself. For instance, Lyn Owens, of Millers Flat in Central Otago, lost at least $10,000 in electrical equipment after a power surge.
It’s never convenient for any business to stop operations and lose productivity from a power outage or surge. During a planned power outage for the redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, Powerco customer experience manager Hayden Davies, from the largest electricity distributor in New Zealand, recommended business owners to factor in back-up power supply as part of their business continuity planning.
Even the briefest surge or loss of electricity can be catastrophic to sensitive electronic equipment in the home and small office environments, with sudden shutdowns capable of corrupting files and damaging or destroying home office equipment like PCs, routers, modems, small servers, switches and storage devices.
Power and protect your home business with UPS systems
A battery backup solution, such as an Uninterruptible power supply (UPS), can prevent inconvenient disruptions for any business. A UPS with surge protection is one of the most simple, cost-effective investments to prevent data loss and equipment damage during a blackout or surge, seamlessly switching to the backup battery and continuing to power connected equipment until the issue is resolved or you’re able to safely shut down devices.
Many businesses depend on their hardware and appliances to run, therefore preventing such disruptions is more important than ever. To avoid data loss, equipment damage, it is essential for business owners to have a power protection plan.
A small, inexpensive desktop UPS can keep home Wi-Fi and internet systems online during short outages or brownouts, while more advanced battery backup models can enable home office equipment and workstations to remain operational during business hours or at least long enough to save work-in-progress and safely shut down.
Ensuring that critical home and small office applications are safeguarded by an uninterruptible power system (UPS) has never been more important, especially for sudden power surges or unplanned power outages.
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Build power protection into your home office using Eaton UPS systems
Determining the best UPS for home use model depends on your budget, the type of equipment being protected and the environment.
Standby UPS such as the Eaton 3S and Eaton 3E will properly support the vast majority of desktop and small-office/home-office (SOHO) applications.
The most cost-effective topology available, a standby or offline UPS allows the equipment to run off utility power while providing continuous surge protection, then switches to battery mode during power surges or outages.
Standby UPS is best suited for equipment such as LCD monitors, docking stations, modems, and routers.
With a highly reliable and efficient design, line-interactive UPSs actively regulate voltage by either boosting or decreasing utility voltage as needed before allowing it to pass to the protected equipment. Line-interactive is best suited for high-end PCs, gaming PCs and home network equipment.
Eaton 3S UPS
The Eaton 3S UPS provides up to 30 minutes of high efficiency and energy-saving battery backup and surge protection for your home and office equipment.
If space is a concern, consider the sleek design of the 3S home UPS fits neatly under the desk, in an entertainment centre or on the wall.
The plug-and-play functionality of the 3S standby UPS allows you to start backing up your equipment the moment it’s taken out of the box, with automatic integration with Windows and Mac through a simple connection to a USB port on most models.
The 3S manages your energy efficiency for you with an available EcoControl function that automatically disables peripherals when the master device is turned off, providing up to 30 per cent greater energy savings than typical battery backups.
Eaton 5E UPS
The Eaton 5E line interactive uninterruptible power system (UPS) provides affordable power protection for your personal computer and peripherals.
Valuable features such as local country power receptacles, the compact size is ideal for limited office and home working spaces.
With power ratings from 500VA to 2000VA, the Eaton 5E UPS provides battery backup and voltage regulation for a wide range of devices.
The plug-and-play functionality of the 5E allows you to start backing up your equipment the moment you take the unit out of the box.
Gain automatic integration with Windows and Mac with a simple connection to a USB port (USB Models only).