Showerhead speakers that link to your cellphone, touchless on/off kitchen faucets, digital shower mixing valves and smart toilets that flush automatically are just some of the new technology available.

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Q: I recently read about the growing interest in smart plumbing fixtures like electronic toilets and kitchen faucets. While I like the concept of these plumbing fixtures for the future, aren’t they non-functional during a power outage since most run on electric power?

A: Great question. First, electronic plumbing fixtures are becoming very popular. Showerhead speakers that link to your cellphone, touchless on/off kitchen faucets, digital shower mixing valves and smart toilets that flush automatically are just some of the new technology available.

The good news is many of these products run on rechargeable batteries or have manual override systems in the event of a power outage. (Check for available back-up features.) However, I believe as we all get more and more dependent on new home technology, a standby generator system should also be considered.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for the ultimate back-up power system, it’s time to get charged up about standby generators.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.