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Bustling In A Blizzard: How Your Business Can Get Through Winter Storms

- Monday, January 17, 2022
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While you can’t control how cold it gets or how much snow comes, you can take steps to protect your business in winter storms. You want to avoid the costly damage that frigid temps along with heavy snow and ice can cause on your building and assets.

First, it’s important to make sure you heat stays on. Even a gas furnace requires electricity. In turn, this protects all of your assets, from your computers to your pipes, because it keeps the building environment at a comfortable, safe temperature.

You want to ensure business continuity, which simply put, means you stay open even after a storm. A business standby generator can help you do that by keeping your electronics, lights, HVAC system, security system, and anything else you need up and running. Expanding water can lead to burst pipes, which can short out electronics. Therefore, in addition to protecting your physical business, you also want to protect your data. You can do this by placing all of your important digital information on backup servers. However, you can also protect your data as well as your equipment with a generator.

Another advantage of a generator is that employees do not have to be onsite for the generator to turn on and begin backing up your power. Your unit will automatically turn on within seconds of a power outage, so you won’t have to worry about a thing—including traveling to your location in inclement weather. It’s also a good time to look over your insurance policy. Make sure winter storm damage is covered, and if not, talk to your agent to add it onto your existing policy. Some companies may offer a discount for having a backup generator installed.

Important Benefits Amidst Flurries

There are a few steps to take in preparing for winter that specifically focus on snow. You should know how much snow your building can handle before the weight becomes too much. Check the roof drains and gutters to make sure they are free from debris. Take into consideration anything that has been added to the roof, including HVAC units, new covering, or solar panels. Next, develop a snow removal plan. Establish when you will take action so the snow load doesn’t get too heavy.

Aside from these steps, a business standby generator will provide you with numerous benefits, protecting you in a storm and throughout winter. With a backup generator installed, you won’t need to go outside to start or connect it in winter as you would with a portable unit. With a natural gas standby unit, it doesn’t need to be refueled in winter (a diesel unit does). This adds to the comfort, convenience, and safety that comes along with having a business backup generator.

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Standby Generators for Business: Keeps the Power on and Revenue Flowing

- Friday, January 14, 2022
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Traditionally, business standby generators ran on diesel and were expensive. Generac pioneered the development of clean, affordable propane and gaseous commercial generators. With units readily available in single and three phase voltage, propane or propane vapor and gaseous or dry fuel, there’s no longer a reason for business to operate unprotected from the dangers and costs of a power outage.

PROTECTOR™ SERIES

Generac’s business standby generators run quietly, stand up to severe weather, and provide built-in functionality, making generator ownership easy. Generac offers single and three phase outputs, with voltages ranging from 120V to 480V. Our Protector™ Series generators are available from 22-150kW. These kilowatt nodes are higher than residential generators. Choose natural gas for continuous supply from your local Utility or propane (or propane vapor) for a clean and low maintenance fuel source. You can also field convert any units 48kW or lower from natural gas to propane. Models with special catalysts are available to meet the emission standards in California.

BACKUP POWER FOR YOUR BUSINESS

PROTECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE. GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

Whether a power failure is simply not an option, or you just want an advantage over your competitors during a power outage, Generac standby generators make sure you're open for business during a power outage.

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

Why Businesses Need a Standby Generator

- Tuesday, January 11, 2022

There are many reasons why a business needs a standby generator. The bottom line is, when power gets knocked in during a storm, you want to stay open. A Generac generator can help you. There are a number of reasons a business might consider backup power and things that are important to them. These include:

  • Asset Security
  • Emergency Power
  • Employee Safety
  • Fuel Type for Business Backup
  • Natural Disaster Backup Power
  • Standby Power Gives You ROI

What is backup power worth to a business? Every hour without power is an hour without sales. Some types of businesses could recoup the cost of a generator in less than a day!


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How a Generac Home Backup Generator Works

- Friday, January 07, 2022

Learn how a Generac home backup generator senses a loss of utility power and restores your home's power in an instant.

Learn more about Generac Home Backup Generators. Contact us today for more information

Happy New Year Wishes from South Shore Generator

- Friday, December 31, 2021
Happy New Year Wishes from South Shore Generator

Our warmest New Year’s wishes from the entire team here at South Shore Generator. Calendar year 2021 and these ever-challenging global events placed heavy burdens upon us all. But in many ways, and supported by family, friends, and all of you, 2021 was a uniquely remarkable year, reminding us of hope, family, gatherings and more. This time of year reminds us to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our lives. We recognize that our business exists because of your friendship, fellowship, trust, and loyalty.

Our New Year’s resolution is to nurture our ever strengthening partnership with you and to deliver value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2022.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. We hope that the new year brings all of you uninterrupted good health, happiness, and prosperity. Happy New Year from South Shore Generator. As Anne Frank said, “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.”

10 Tips for Safe Winter Generator Use

- Thursday, December 30, 2021
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If your electricity goes out due to snow and ice, a generator can keep power flowing to your home or business. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing small-engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators.

Not having power when you need it is frustrating, so a generator can provide emergency backup power at a reasonable cost. It’s important to follow all manufacturer’s instructions, and never place a generator in your garage or inside your home or building. It should be a safe distance from the structure and not near an air intake.

More tips include:

  1. Take stock of your generator. Make sure the equipment is in good working order before starting and using it. Do this before a storm hits.
  2. Review the directions. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions. Review the owner’s manuals (look manuals up online if you cannot find them) so equipment is operated safely.
  3. Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home. This alarm will sound if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide enter the building.
  4. Have the right fuel on hand. Use the type of fuel recommended by the generator manufacturer to protect this important investment. It is illegal to use any fuel with more than 10% ethanol in outdoor power equipment. (For more information on proper fueling for outdoor power equipment visit ). It’s best to use fresh fuel, but if you are using fuel that has been sitting in a gas can for more than 30 days, add fuel stabilizer to it. Store gas only in an approved container and away from heat sources.
  5. Ensure portable generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home, a building, or a garage, even if the windows or doors are open. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to drift indoors.
  6. Keep the generator dry. Do not use a generator in wet conditions. Cover and vent a generator. Model-specific tents or generator covers can be found online for purchase and at home centers and hardware stores.
  7. Only add fuel to a cool generator. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
  8. Plug in safely. If you don’t yet have a transfer switch, you can use the outlets on the generator. It’s best to plug in appliances directly to the generator. If you must use an extension cord, it should be heavy-duty and designed for outdoor use. It should be rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Make sure the cord is free of cuts, and the plug has all three prongs.
  9. Install a transfer switch. A transfer switch connects the generator to the circuit panel and lets you power hardwired appliances. Most transfer switches also help avoid overload by displaying wattage usage levels.
  10. Do not use the generator to “backfeed” power into your home electrical system. Trying to power your home’s electrical wiring by “backfeeding” — where you plug the generator into a wall outlet — is dangerous. You could hurt utility workers and neighbors served by the same transformer. Backfeeding bypasses built-in circuit protection devices, so you could damage your electronics or start an electrical fire.

Source: todayshomeowner.com

Does Your Home Need a Backup Generator for Emergencies?

- Thursday, December 30, 2021

Could you live in your home without power? Electricity—and all that it allows us to do—is something that many homeowners take for granted, and understandably so. Aside from paying the electric bill on time every month, there’s usually not much to think about when it comes to keeping the lights on and the outlets working. In some areas of the country, however, that’s starting to change. And it begs the question: should you have an emergency generator for your home?

To help you figure out what’s best for your home, here is a quick guide to emergency generators.

What Is An Emergency Generator?

An emergency generator is a back-up power supply that provides electricity to your home in the event of a utility outage. There are two primary types: standby generators, which have a trigger that’s automatically switched on in the event your main power supply goes out; and portable generators, which also supply emergency power but must be operated manually.

Standby or portable, an emergency generator is an insurance policy of sorts against the effects of a power outage. Think of it like an independent electrical system completely off the grid that powers your home and community, with the degree of power offered ranging from just keeping the lights on to powering your whole home at full force, depending on what type and size of unit you buy.

Standby generators are generally permanently and professionally installed, and are housed outdoors just like many of a home’s other utility hook ups. The generator is hooked up to a home’s main utility panel, and must be wired into the existing electrical system—hence the need for professional installation. Because standby generators can’t be powered by electricity themselves (for obvious reasons), they run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas, depending on your setup. Portable generators, on the other hand, run on gasoline and do not need to be professionally installed.

How Much Does an Emergency Generator Cost?

Similar to air conditioners, emergency generators come in different sizes and different wattages depending on the needs of your home. Prices vary quite a bit between the different sizes, as well as between portable generators and standby generators.

To save on cost, some homeowners buy a small emergency standby generator that will supply power to just one or two primary rooms, or share the cost (and use) of a portable generator with neighbors. Others invest in a large standby generator in order to ensure their home has plenty of power to weather an outage. If you do decide to buy an emergency generator, do plenty of research so that you can be sure to find the right power supply for your home at the right price.

How Much Power Do You Need?

Aside from choosing the type of emergency generator that best suits your situation and budget, you’ll also have to figure out just how much power you’re going to need. A generator’s power supply is designated by watts, with more wattage offering more power.

The amount of watts you need with your generator depends on what you want to keep running. Each electrically-powered item in your home requires a certain wattage to turn on (starting or “surge” wattage) as well as to keep running, with about 5,000 watts needed to power your average home.

If you’d rather break it down to only purchase the amount of watts that you need, go item by item and add up the required wattage, then buy a generator that can accommodate. For example, a refrigerator requires about 800 watts of power, your phone charger about 20 watts, and your air conditioner about 1,000 watts. If you just wanted to ensure these three things will have power in the event of a power outage, you could get away with a 2,500 watt generator, which leaves room for surge wattage.

Use a wattage calculator to easily add up how much power you’re going to need out of your emergency generator based on what you want to keep running. Standby units generally range from about 5,000 to 20,000 watts, while portable units range from about 3,000 to 8,500 watts.

Contact us today for more information.

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Benefits of a Backup Propane Generator in the Winter

- Monday, December 27, 2021
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A power outage at any time is an inconvenience. In the middle of the winter, however, the potential consequences of being without power for an extended period can be serious. At the same time, ice storms and winter weather can make getting back up and running more difficult.

For these reasons and more, it’s worth it to have a backup generator on hand. When it comes to choosing a generator, homeowners have more options today than ever before. Propane is a great, reliable choice — one that’s ideally suited for Virginia’s winter weather.

DO PROPANE GENERATORS WORK IN COLD WEATHER?

Propane has a freezing point of -44°F — well below temperatures typically seen in the Mid-Atlantic region. Compared to gasoline generators, propane-powered models are less likely to freeze or experience difficulty starting during cold weather. Additionally, propane is cost-effective and more environmentally friendly, making it a smart choice for both homes and businesses.

If you live in an area that is unusually cold, or that is prone to extreme winter weather, there are a few things you can do to reduce wear and tear on a propane generator. Consider purchasing a cold weather kit that will prevent your battery from freezing and keep fluids flowing smoothly. It’s also worth it to switch to SAE 5W-30 motor oil during the winter months.

Other than that, keep your propane generator easily accessible, exercise it periodically and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, and you’ll have reliable backup power all your long.

BENEFITS OF HAVING A BACKUP PROPANE GENERATOR IN THE WINTER

  • Besides being easy to use, there are multiple additional benefits to having a backup propane generator in the winter. Propane generators offer:
  • Backup heating: If your home runs on electric heat, a backup generator is essential during the winter months. Cold temperatures are not just uncomfortable — they can exacerbate respiratory conditions or cause other health problems for vulnerable people. In rural areas, especially, repairing downed electrical lines can take days, so a backup generator gives you the peace of mind of knowing you’ll enjoy uninterrupted heat while repairs are in progress.
  • Power for appliances: Backup generators are for more than heating. They also power appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and electronics. With a backup generator, life can go on as it did before — you don’t have to worry about food spoilage, data loss or feeding your family.
  • Reliability: Propane generators can be set up to turn on as soon as grid power fails, preventing any potential interruption. Additionally, propane is readily available even when gas pumps go down, and won’t degrade, meaning that there’s no risk in storing an extra fuel tank for an extended period.
  • Safe handling: Unlike gasoline, which is stored in open containers, propane comes in sealed tanks that are safe to handle. With a propane generator, there’s no risk of spillage or of leaks that can create a hazard in the dark.
  • Environmentally friendly: Propane is a clean-burning fuel that’s better for the environment than gasoline or diesel. As well, because it produces fewer by-products, your generator won’t accumulate contamination and carbon deposits, leading to less maintenance.

All told, these benefits make propane generators one of the best values on the market today. A small investment in a unit that’s sized for your home will keep you safe during winter outages and protect your property in an emergency.

CHOOSING A PROPANE GENERATOR

When choosing a propane generator, it’s essential to select a model that will deliver appropriate power while remaining affordable to run. That’s why it’s important to buy from a company that knows what they’re doing and can provide expert advice.

Learn more about Propane Backup Home Generators. Contact us today for more information.

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The Generac 26kW Guardian Series Home Standby Generator

- Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Generac’s 26kW home standby generator can start all of your home’s large appliances, ensuring your home remains a sanctuary for you and your family. At least 28% more motor starting power* delivers power to meet todays and tomorrow's electrical needs. (*compared to competitive output air-cooled products).

Compact with a powerful punch. Takes up to 68% less space*, all while offering 2.6X more power in the same size enclosure as our baseline air-cooled unit. (*compared to competitive output liquid-cooled products). Save up to $8,000* in product & installation costs (*Average savings compared to competitive output liquid-cooled products).

#1 Trusted Brand in Backup Power with more than 60 years of experience in the backup power industry, it’s no wonder why 8 out of 10 home standby generators installed are Generac.

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Testimony from a Real Generac Generator Owner!

- Monday, December 13, 2021

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