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Get an uninterruptible power supply, and never fear electricity problems again.

This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Brownouts and blackouts and power surges, oh my! You may be well along the yellow brick road to data loss and computer damage if you aren't paying attention to power issues. A surge protector might be your first thought, but an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is best. Think of electrical surges and sags as flying monkeys that constantly bombard your PC. That makes a UPS your own personal good witch Glinda.

The way things are going right now, you're going to need all the help you can get. According to a recent study by the Electric Power Research Institute, the U.S. economy loses $104 billion to $164 billion each year to power outages and $15 billion to $24 billion per year due to equipment problems caused by poor power quality.

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