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Generac Commercial Generators Keep Your Business Running

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 23, 2018

No power. No customers. No revenue.

Every year, more than two million U.S. businesses experience a power outage lasting eight hours or more. Because this statistic is so powerful, it pays to understand how much a power outage will cost your business.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that on average, power outages cost $80 billion per year, and that 98 percent of those losses come from the business sector.

Financially speaking, power outages can cause substantial losses for the company affected. For example, according to the US Department of Energy, when a power failure disrupts IT systems…

  • 33% of companies lose $20,000–$500,000
  • 20% lose $500,000 to $2 million
  • 15% lose more than $2 million
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Are you at risk?

Lost revenue is only part of the story. Consider direct costs, intangible losses and how essential your products and services are during a power outage.

  • Security systems become disabled, increasing the risk of theft
  • Refrigerated goods spoil
  • Employees are idled
  • Interrupting manufacturing processes can cause long-term damage to equipment and product
  • Computer systems go down and vital data is lost

Keep the lights on and the doors open

Many businesses have a lot to offer customers during power outages. In addition to making revenue loss less likely, keeping the doors open can provide important customer benefits.

Convenience store / Gas station — Power lights, cash register, security system, refrigeration and fuel pumps to serve emergency workers, motorists evacuating the area and local clean-up efforts.

High-volume restaurant — Power lights, cash register, refrigeration, a full kitchen and remain open during an outage, serving people who need to eat out during the power failure.

Office environment — Power lights, computers, telephone and elevators. Keep sales coming in and customer service available.

Pharmacy — Power lights, refrigeration, computers/data systems, security system, cash register, and telephone to ensure customers can get medication and medical supplies during an emergency.

Generac. A sound business decision

As the world’s number one manufacturer of home standby systems, Generac identified and responded to the need for affordable, higher kW units for small to mid-size businesses and larger residences. Generac’s innovative engineering has eliminated the noise, cost, and environmental issues that once made standby power impractical for these applications. Powered by liquid-cooled engines, these units offer the opportunity to add features and options to address individual applications, such as advanced controls for instant monitoring, without the cost of more expensive configured systems.

Tough. Reliable. Purpose-Built.

Generators are often required to run for hours, days or even weeks at a time. Continuous use can cause a lot of strain on engines not specifically engineered to withstand extended run times. We have developed robust engine solutions to ensure our generators provide the reliability necessary to power through even the most demanding situations.

For more information on commercial generators, contact South Shore Generators in Wareham, MA.

Source: Generac.com

Stationary or Portable Generator? – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 06, 2017
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Your power needs, spending power, and ability to roll out the generator when it’s needed are chief criteria for choosing what’s best.

The choice boils down to cost vs. convenience. If you want to be ready for any power outage anytime, nothing beats a stationary generator. Once it’s installed, it just fires up—automatically—when needed. But most people choose a portable generator because it costs far less and is simpler to set up. Here are other benefits and drawbacks of each:

Portable Generators

Power output: For models that can connect to a transfer switch, usually 5,000 to 7,500 watts.

Price range (as tested): $500 to $4,000; inverter generators, $1,600 to $4,500.

Pros: A portable generator can be transported easily from one location to another. Setup is as simple as turning them on and powering items. And they can be shared among neighbors.

Cons: They run on fuel, and fuel storage can be a challenge. And though they include a number of power outlets, running extension cords to a portable generator also poses safety risks; that’s why a transfer switch is recommended.

Fuel needs: A 7,000-watt portable generator will use 12 to 20 gallons of gasoline per day if it runs continuously for 24 hours. More powerful generators use more fuel.

Stationary Generators

Power output: 8,000 to more than 20,000 watts.

Price range: $1,900 to $5,000 or more, plus installation (about $2,000 to $10,000).

Pros: They start automatically when the power goes out and often supply more power. They also periodically run a self-¬diagnosis routine that can alert you to problems. That enables you to get problems fixed before you need the generator. They run on natural gas or propane and save you the hassle and safety risks of storing fuel.

Cons: Beyond the higher cost of purchase and installation, they often require municipal permits and site approvals.

Fuel needs: A small 8,000-watt stationary model can run for eight to 15 days on a 250-gallon propane tank or indefinitely on a natural gas line.

A Greener, Quieter Alternative

Unlike most portable generators, which run at one engine speed, inverter generators have smart circuitry that varies engine speed depending on what they’re powering. That conserves gasoline and cuts down on the noise.

Another important benefit of inverter generators is that they dispense power smoothly at a consistent voltage. That so-called clean power (measured by the Total Harmonic Distortion, THD, in industry lingo) is less likely to damage the sensitive electronics found in computers, TVs, chargers, and many appliances today.

If that kind of clean, even power is a real priority, then consider a stationary generator. They provide more overall wattage and quality of power for the money, even when installation costs are factored in.

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

Source: consumerreports.org


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