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Need a Generator? Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 20, 2017
South Shore Generator - Residential Portable Generator

When a big storm is bearing down and you don’t have a generator, you may not have time to take all the safety precautions that are usually recommended such as hiring a pro to install a transfer switch and stocking up on gas. But even without taking those precautions, there are ways to safely get a new generator up and running until you can find an electrician to install the appropriate safeguards. What you want to avoid is connecting the generator to your breaker panel yourself, without an interlock device or transfer switch, which can result in frying your electronics and potentially injuring a utility worker once the power comes back on. Follow these five recommendations to get the power back on safely in no time.

  1. Choose a Model With a Removable Console

    Portable generators have outlets that let you power appliances directly rather than through your home’s wiring. The problem is that you then need extension cords to get power into your home, an arrangement that has risks—creating the potential to become overloaded and arc, or to be punctured if they’re run through open windows or doorways.

    But some newer generators have the outlets on a removable console, tethered to one long, heavy-gauge power cord, which is less prone to pinching and is designed to carry the entire electrical load that the generator can power. That allows you to take the console indoors to plug in your appliances while operating the generator outdoors.

  2. Buy the Right Extension Cords if You Need Them

    Extension cords pose hazards, particularly if they’re used outdoors or to carry the load of high-wattage appliances. But if you have no choice—either because you don't have a generator with a removable console or because the console won’t reach all of the appliances you need to plug in—check the owner’s manual to see what gauge cords it recommends. And make sure that they’re rated for indoor and outdoor use.

    Don’t run the extension cords under rugs or allow them to become pinched in windows or doors. Use a rubber doorstop to prevent doors from closing all the way and crimping the cords. You’ll need a separate cord for each outlet on the generator you intend to utilize—using a splitter or surge protector to plug multiple devices into a single extension cord can cause the cord to overheat and arc. Check the cord label for the maximum wattage it’s safely rated to carry, then use our wattage calculator to make sure whatever device you plan on plugging in doesn’t exceed that rating.

  3. Calculate Your Power Needs

    If you're just buying a generator, plan on getting one rated to produce the power of every device you’ll want to plug in. Our wattage calculator can quickly help with that task, but keep in mind that using a portable generator’s built-in outlets or power console means you can power only electronics with standard, 110-volt plugs. Hardwired appliances such as a furnace, central air conditioner, or well pump won’t work, nor will those that run on 220 volts, such as electric ranges or dryers.

    But it may still be worth buying a generator rated to power all of those appliances, because if and when you have an electrician connect the generator to your breaker panel, you’ll want to know that the model you chose will be able to power your list of essentials.

  4. Select a Safe Spot

    Generators produce carbon monoxide and can be fatal if used indoors or too close to your home. That includes the garage, even if you leave the door open. And don’t even think about putting a generator in the attic or basement. The only safe spot to operate a generator is outdoors, a minimum of 15 feet from your house—and as far as possible from windows and doors.

    Driveways, stone patios, or level patches of grass are all good places to put your generator. And if it’s raining or snowing, you’ll need to cover the generator with a generator tent or cover. You can find model-specific covers online, but it’s fine to grab a generic generator tent at the home center, too.

  5. Don’t Forget Fuel

    Portable generators run on gasoline, and most can hold a maximum of around 8 gallons. Depending on the power load, that may only last several hours. Stock up on gasoline and store it in ANSI-approved containers, which have special pressure-relieving mechanisms. Mix the gas with fuel stabilizer and store it outside the house.

    And if you’re shopping for a portable generator, consider a model that can be converted to run continuously on propane or natural gas. You'll need a conversion kit and perhaps the help of a pro to install it, but either fuel will provide a more continuous source of power than a few gallons of gas the next time your need it.

Shopping for a generator? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Consumer Reports

Preparing Your Home for Snowstorms – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 13, 2017
South Shore Generator -  Generac 22,000 Watt Air Cooled Standby Generator

The tradition continues, February in Massachusetts is snowy! Sudden severe winter weather can leave you scrambling for the tools and necessities to keep your family and your home safe during a winter snowstorm. Advance preparation and stocking up on necessities ahead of the storm saves you from costly home damage and keeps loved ones out of harm’s way.

Here are three simple ways to prepare for the snow:

  1. Prepare for freezing temperatures. Prevent pipes from bursting when the winter storm comes by insulating them before the temperature drops. Wall pipe insulation helps keep heat in while maximizing energy savings. For extreme temperatures, use electric water pipe heating cables to prevent frozen pipes and to help thaw out frozen pipes. Additionally, make sure your home is properly insulated ahead of the cold front to ensure that heat stays in and the cold stays out.
  2. Power up for snow removal. Make sure you are prepared with the essentials to get outdoors before the storm hits. If the snow is deep enough, it is possible to get your car stuck in the driveway. Before doing any work clearing the snow, be sure to stretch and warm up your body to avoid injury. Clear a path to the road before attempting to move your car. Keep both a wide plastic shovel and a metal shovel handy to clear driveways and walkways. Use the plastic shovel first, as it is less likely to catch on the pavement, to push the snow from the center of the driveway to the outer edges. Then use the metal shovel to scoop the remaining snow out of the driveway. Take frequent breaks to prevent overexertion or serious injury. For heavy snowfall, use a snow blower to quickly and effectively clear large areas.
    Clear off your car with a good-quality snow brush to prevent any damage to the vehicle’s paint. Start at the top by brushing off the roof, then move down to the windows, hood and trunk. Clean the front and rear lights last. Scrape away any ice from your vehicle with a short-handled ice scraper. Work the blade under the ice sheet to scrape the glass, not the ice.
  3. Stock up severe weather essentials. If you live in an area that frequently loses power, keep a standby generator handy. The Generac 22,000 Watt Air Cooled Standby Generator provides whole house coverage for many homes and is designed to handle extended run times and extreme conditions. Always be sure to run generators outside and connect your equipment using extension cords that are grounded, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also be sure to stock up on essentials such as flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, first-aid kits, nonperishable foods, bottled water and any necessary medications.

For more information on generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham.

Source: stltoday.com

Tier 3 Diesel Marine Generators from Kohler – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 06, 2017
South Shore Generators Kohler Decision Maker 3500

Kohler Power Systems offers a wide range of pleasure and commercial craft applications and also has available single- and three-phase Tier 3 marine diesel generators. They integrate Kohler diesel Tier 3 engines and other enhancements, including improved sound shields and Kohler’s highly regarded Decision-Maker 3500 controller (DEC 3500).

These generators are always evolving to meet the diverse and dynamic needs of today’s boat builders and pleasure craft owners alike. These models reduce sound levels with an air induction silencer while also delivering the performance and peace-of-mind that comes with our Kohler Tier 3 diesel engines.

In addition to enhanced sound-dampening and engine reliability, users of these models will also benefit from the ability to quickly and easily parallel two or more Kohler generators with a single communication wire, which is delivered through the company’s exclusive DEC 3500 controller.

The DEC 3500 controller’s space-saving design eliminates the need for oversized switchgear among other benefits, including: built-in load management software, which removes over-fueling issues and the need for exhaust treatment systems; remote monitoring, which provides the ability to monitor and control the generator from anywhere on the vessel; fully potted circuit boards and sealed connectors, which protect against corrosion; and fewer failure points for superior dependability.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: PRWEB

Tips from Kohler Generators for Keeping Your Home Safe During Extended Power Outages – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Winter has arrived, which serves as an important reminder to homeowners about the importance of emergency planning. Severe winter weather can pack a powerful punch, so now's the time to mitigate the damage by prepping your home and family for the season. In addition to developing a storm survival kit and stocking up on non-perishable food and water, your storm preparedness plan should also account for life without power. Extended power outages in the home are a common by-product of storms with some outages lasting for days, even weeks.

An automatic standby generator is permanently installed outside a home, similar to a central air conditioning unit, and runs on natural gas or propane using existing gas lines. When power is lost to the home, a standby generator automatically turns on - typically within 10 seconds - and can power all critical systems and appliances within the home. Homeowners do not need to be present to operate or refuel the generator.

The power experts at Kohler Generators have developed a list of important things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your family and home during extended outages.

  1. Your smartphone contains important contact information and phone numbers. Be sure to keep those numbers on a piece of paper in the event that your phone loses power.
  2. Turn off major appliances such as water heaters, stoves and air conditioning units. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the system when power is restored.
  3. Leave one light on so you will be able to see when power is restored to your home.
  4. Ditch the candles for battery-powered flashlights or lanterns. Keep plenty of extra batteries on hand.
  5. Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all down wires and anything touching them as though they have electricity flowing through them.
  6. Do not connect portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home. Electricity could flow backward into the power lines and endanger lives. Either have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch or plug appliances directly into the portable generator.
  7. If you're running a portable generator, be sure to use properly rated extension cords (outdoor, electrical load and length). Also, make sure the portable generator is properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not place a portable generator in your home or an enclosed space with limited ventilation like a garage or a screened porch.
  8. Inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call your local utility provider.
  9. Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit breakers after an outage.
  10. Consider installing a commercial-grade, automatic generator for your home. An automatic generator (aka standby generator) turns on automatically when the power shuts off and is permanently installed outside the home similar to a central air conditioning unit. It runs on natural gas or propane and hooks up to existing fuel lines in your home. A transfer switch constantly monitors utility power and transfers the electrical load to the generator if power is lost, protecting the home even if the homeowner is away. A standby generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems in your home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems and more.

To determine if a standby generator is right for you, do your homework and looking for a unit that offers some of the following:

  1. A commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power, handles heavy loads and powers up quickly.
  2. Make sure to purchase a standby generator with a minimum five-year warranty.
  3. Looks matter. A standby generator sits outside your home, so purchase a unit with a bold, clean look that is corrosion resistant.
  4. Some units have remote monitoring/operating capabilities via computer, tablet or smartphone. This is important for those who spend time away from home.

To learn more about standby power – and to determine what size generator is best suited for your needs contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

Back-up Power is the Answer to Winter Storms – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 23, 2017
A 20 KW Kohler Generator

When it comes to storm prep, most people think about stocking up on food and water, picking up flashlights, or purchasing a battery-operated weather radio. One of the most overlooked items when it comes to being prepared at home is a generator.

Kohler offers a wide range of standby generators for every size home and budget. You can select a smaller size generator (8kW) to power a few key systems in your home like your lights and refrigerator, or a larger size generator (30kW) to power everything in the home.

There are several options for homeowners to consider. Most people are familiar with portable generators. In addition to portables, there are automatic standby generators. Standby generators automatically supply power to your home when utility power is lost. An automatic transfer switch monitors utility power; switches power to the generator when power is lost. They permanently attach to your home similar to a central air conditioning unit and run on natural gas or propane.

Depending on the size, a standby generator can power everything in your home, including: air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, sump pumps and even delicate electronics. You don’t have to be home to operate…they turn on automatically and you can monitor remotely.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: WKBW

Portable Generators Keep Your Home Functioning During Cold Weather Emergencies – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Kohler Portable Generator

With much of the country bracing for blistering cold temperatures and continued winter storms, now is the time for homeowners to ensure they are prepared for power loss this winter.

Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home and family. In addition to these helpful power outage hacks, it's also important to consider the ultimate backup plan for your home – a standby generator. Generator manufacturers like Kohler produce a variety of home standby generator models, as well as portable and commercial options depending on your needs. To learn more about backup power options, sizing and costs, visit South Shore Generator.

A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, leading-edge products and comprehensive support. The company provides complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications.

For more information on finding the right portable generator to keep your home running all winter long, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

Happy New Year from South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 06, 2017
Happy New Year from South Shore Generator!

Happy New Year 2017 South Shore Generator!

A fresh new year has arrived once again. It’s the time to be thankful for everything we have and for everything we have achieved in the past year. But it is also time to start new, start strong, and accomplish everything we want to do this year.

It is also time for us to say “Thank You” for our success last year. If you are an existing associate, we have enjoyed working with you. If we are just embarking on a new relationship with you in 2017, we look forward to the opportunity. We are excited for what we all can achieve in 2017.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie

Happy New Year from South Shore Generator!

Portable Generators Make Your Home Safe And Winter Storm-Ready – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 06, 2017
Generac Residential Standby Generator

Weather drives the majority of power outages around Massachusetts and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Without proper preparation, winter storms can also have a significant impact on the family and the house itself. Generac Power Systems is making it easier to prepare for winter storms with a list of insightful readiness tips to help homeowners make their home safe and storm-ready.

Focus First On Emergency Power

Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather. Power loss can have a negative and cascading effect on the home that amplifies existing health and safety risks.

  1. Invest in a Generac Guardian series home standby generator to keep critical home systems running automatically in the event of a power outage. It is important to consult an expert when making your decision, such as an authorized Generac dealer, who is familiar with local electrical and building codes as well as product options to meet the homeowner's unique backup power needs.
  2. Consider a Generac portable generator if a permanent home standby generator is not an option. Next to a home standby generator, a portable generator is the best way to keep critical home systems and appliances up and running during a power outage.

Perform Outside Maintenance

Ice buildup is one of the most frequently occurring and potentially paralyzing winter storm hazards. The weight of ice can bring down power lines and tree limbs, causing widespread power outages. In fact, according to Weather.com, only a ½ in. of ice can add 500 lb. to the weight of a tree branch, and a 2009 ice storm resulted in power outages affecting 1.3 million people. Additionally, roof and water damage can be costly but can be avoided by properly preparing the exterior of your home for harsh winter weather.

Powering Through The Storm

Preparing the home in advance for extreme winter weather is central to creating a safe and comfortable environment to ride it out. Generac Power Systems offers the broadest range of home backup generators that turn on automatically when utility power goes out, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages. For more information and detailed winter weather-related safety tips, visit South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: pennenergy.com

Why Standby Generators are Important - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Power outages are increasing everywhere, knocking out power in every area of the country. This is because of the antiquated nature of the electrical grid across the nation.

Since 1990 demand for electrical power has increased 400% faster than transmission capacity. As a result, power outages have increased 124%.

Demand will continue to outpace capacity. This is where residential standby generators come in.

Never be without power because these generators run on natural gas or LP so you can rest assured that your generator will allow life to go on without interruption.

For more information on a standby generator for your home, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Happy Holidays from South Shore Generators - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It is once again "end-of-year" blog post reflection time. If you are reading this blog post, you care enough about us and our business to invest a minute or two reading here. That means a lot to us. The primary reason for this blog is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of 2016, we hope that we have made a difference in many personal and professional lives. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincere wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and within the warm confines of family and friends throughout this Holiday season and throughout 2017. Cheers!

Happy Holidays!

-from all of us here at South Shore Generator.


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