Keys to Keep the Power Pumping

By assisting an end-user in addressing certain key issues, the chances of staying connected during power interruptions will increase, according to Syska & Hennessy's OnlinEnvironments.

02/16/2001


By assisting an end-user in addressing certain key issues, the chances of staying connected during power interruptions will increase, according to Syska & Hennessy's OnlinEnvironments:

1) Set up the appropriate permits to allow the end-user to utilize back-up generators as a main power source, if necessary. If this is not done, a company may fall victim to stiff penalties or be shut down when they attempt to run mainframes and Web servers with power sources intended for emergency lighting and fire-alarm systems.

2) Size back-up generators to be able to run all the essential computer equipment and telephone systems. Emergency generators should also be tested to assess whether they are capable of supporting power loads beyond critical power needs. Even if the end-user is in the process of upgrading the facility's electrical system, in the interim, it's important to rent temporary generators. Even though rentals can be expensive, a company risks losing much more in business revenue without sufficient back-up power.

3) Set up contracts to have emergency fuel delivered when necessary. It is also important to have back-up tanks installed on-site and filled up with gas.

4) Install building systems that reduce energy consumption. For example, install energy-efficient lighting systems and controls, retrofit a facility's heating and air-conditioning systems, install energy-management control systems and improve the building envelope through insulation or window glazing.





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