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Backup Power Keeps Businesses Prepared for Winter Weather

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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Weather drives the majority of power outages in the U.S., and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather.

A Generac standby generator is the best choice for keeping critical systems running automatically in the event of a power outage. You can also consider a Generac portable generator. Next to a standby system, a portable generator is the best way to keep critical systems and appliances up and running during a power outage.

During a power outage, Generac portable generators make sure the most important items — lights, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps and even space heaters — are up and running, minimizing any disruption to your businesses and revenue.

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

How Does a Standby Generator Work? - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Watch the video to see an onsite demonstration of how a standby generator works for you. Starting with the transfer switch, the entire process will only take 10 seconds.

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

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.


What is a Standby Generator? - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A standby generator keeps your power on during a power outage. It’s installed outside your home and turns on automatically — regardless of if you’re home or away.

Home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

Watch the below video and have more of your questions answered. A home improvement expert breaks down the basics of backup power.

For more information on standby generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Automatic Transfer Switches – The Brains of Standby Generator Systems - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 04, 2015

Automatic transfer switches are typically the brains of your standby generator system. Whether they are installed indoors or out, these switches constantly monitor your utility power. When a power outage occurs, your facility will be provided with back-up power because the switch automatically turns on the standby generator, regardless of if you are in the building or not.

When the power fails, it can be very worrisome, especially when you are not on-site. Threats to your business can increase without a security system in place, data can be lost and perishable goods can spoil. Operations critical to your business are hampered. Data can be lost during sudden loss of power. Unexpected power outages are costly which makes it practical to purchase automatic transfer switches for generators in Wareham, MA. When the power goes out, standby generator systems will start immediately transferring the electrical load and restoring power to your business within seconds. Once the power is restored, the generator automatic transfer switch reverses the process, automatically switching off the generator without you commanding it.

To find out more about automatic transfer switches for standby generators, contact the South Shore Generator.

How Much Could a Generator Save You? - Wareham MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 03, 2015

Power outages are more than just an inconvenience. Each year, weather-related power outages cost American households anywhere from $25 to $75 billion. With an aging electrical grid, those numbers aren’t slowing down. These outages have doubled since 2003, which means homeowners are seeking power solutions now more than ever.

When considering the cost of a standby generator, keep in mind the costs associated without having one.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Cost of Power Outages in The U.S.



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