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7 Tips to Prepare for Winter Storms – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 01, 2016

It may still be summer, but school is around the corner, and winter quickly follows. Now is the time to get your home ready for winter. When storms dominate the forecast, there are a few simple steps every family should take. Stocking up on non-perishables and minimizing outdoor travel seem like no-brainers, but many families forget some of the other simple steps required to keep safe and warm.

  1. Run the water regularly - Your plumbing system is critical during a winter storm and frozen pipes can lead to expensive home repairs. Opening the faucet, even just a drip, provides relief from the excessive pressure that comes with ice blockage and can prevent a burst pipe.
  2. Don’t forget about the dog - Non-perishable food items and extra water (a gallon per day per person) for people should be automatic when preparing for an upcoming storm, but don't forget about those furry friends. Have extra pet food and meds on hand.
  3. Take a good look at your windows – Especially on windy days, check for air leaks and make upgrades if necessary. This can be as simple as insulating with plastic for extra heat protection, or installing storm windows for an extra layer of home protection.
  4. Install a backup generator - When the power goes out, an automatic backup generator makes sure the lights and heat stay on. It immediately turns on when your power goes out and maintains a sense of normalcy when all else fails.
  5. Reverse your ceiling fan – Not just for summer anymore, reversing the direction of your ceiling fan pushes warm air downward. If your fan turns clockwise, you'll stay more comfortable during cold winter months.
  6. Winterize your sprinkler system - At the end of the fall, winterize your sprinkler system by turning off the water supply and ridding the pipes of excess water by blowing compressed air through the sprinkler lines.
  7. Insulate the attic – Reduce the risk for ice dams, which occur when snow on your roof melts and then freezes near the roof’s edge, by reducing the amount of heat escaping from your roof. The best way to eliminate the risk is to make sure your roof and insulation are in good shape.

It’s not just how you choose to prepare – it’s when you choose to prepare. The best time to prepare is now and having a plan to follow will ensure your family remains safe and your home remains stable.

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

Source: generac.com

Portable Generators: Survival Tips for When the Power Goes Out – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Power lines and major utilities are extremely vulnerable to hurricane and heavy wind damage. In fact, every year land falling hurricanes run the risk of leaving up to millions of people without power for extended lengths of time. Some of the worst storms, like Hurricane Sandy, have eliminated access to power in certain areas from hours up to weeks.

Outages are widespread, inconvenient, and can yield a costly impact on your home. Imagine the appliances that construct the backbone of your home: furnace, air conditioning, water pumps, water heater, refrigerator, oven – all unavailable for use. For how long is uncertain, but what is certain is you will fend for extended periods of time without access to these conveniences. Are you prepared?

Did you know? 

  • 47% of power loss in America is due to strong storms
  • The average cost of a single power outage occurrence to a homeowner is $1,058 per home
  • 7 of 10 homes with home standby power choose Generac

Generac knows power. Being the #1 selling brand of home standby power in the industry, Generac consistently innovates to provide the best solutions in emergency backup power for storm outages. Generac’s robust product line provides durable solutions to procuring power when the utilities cannot. In fact, Generac’s products often support major utility power locations, data centers, and even cell towers during storm power outages.

With so many businesses and households trusting in Generac’s expertise, rest easy knowing you can too!

So, you’ve decided to stay and ride out the storm. Your home is prepared to brace the unexpected. Your loved ones are safe and ready to hunker down. The heavy rains are pouring and fierce winds are tearing through your neighborhood. Then the power goes out. How do you plan to make the best of what could be a strenuous situation?

Anticipating No Power

There is something primitive to living through a power outage. No power means slowing life down by living in candlelight, self-entertaining, and having no access to modern conveniences like air conditioning, television or internet. Here are tips on withstanding no power.

Survival Tip #1 – Conservation:

It’s hot and muggy. There is no power or air conditioning. Yet the refrigerator and freezer are full of food that you don’t want to spoil. What do you do?

Keep It Closed. A refrigerator will stay cold for up to 4 hours without power; a freezer will last up to 48 hours. Keep the door closed, and let the unit insulate itself.

Keep It Cool. Consider putting dry ice or a block of ice within a refrigerator or freezer to extend the cold. Put only essentials into an accessible cooler with ice and use before the ice melts.

Keep It Simple. Meals should be kept simple. Keep in mind that cooking by candlelight will be a necessity. Plan some easy-to-make meals ahead of time and make sure you have the tools to prepare them.

Survival Tip #2 – Plan Entertainment:

Having no power means having more downtime. Staying occupied will keep everyone calm. Though your family may feel exasperated, you will have the answers:

  • Read a new book or magazine
  • Make your own word games
  • Buff up on your card game skills
  • Take up a new craft
  • Go living room camping
  • Start a new workout plan

Survival Tip #3 – Communication:

We all want to communicate with our loved ones during an emergency. But what happens when cell networks are down and battery power is limited? Remember to ration your resources.

Unplug. Remember to unplug major appliances and electronics prior to the power going out. It could save you a headache of repairs on devices affected by electrical surges.

Power Down. Limit phone usage to calls only. Turn off WiFi or set phone to airplane mode to extend usage. Power down your phone to maximize battery life.

Emergencies Only. Make calls only in emergencies and avoid tying up phone lines for emergency responders.

Survival Tip #4 – Safety:

Know these portable power safety tips before bringing one to your home.

  • Run all portable generators outside, in well-ventilated areas.
  • When running, keep portables away from open windows and open garages.
  • Keep a carbon monoxide detector in your home. It will alert you to any emissions that may creep their way into your home.
  • Have extra gas on hand.

Bonus Tip: An average generator can last about 9 to 11 hours at 50% load on a tank approximately 7½ gallon in size. Product ratings will vary with product models and load requirements. Just know to stock up and have extra gas on hand.

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

Source: generac.com

Luxuries of Portable Power with Residential Portable Generators - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When the novelty of living life with no power wears off, some find it is time to consider a portable power source. Portable generators can provide power to critical appliances, allowing you to power the essentials.

Portable power generators range in size and variety. However, the right portable generator can be used to power critical devices like your refrigerator, freezer, well pump, security system or microwave.

Portable generators are easily stored and maintenance is minimal. In fact, this versatile investment fulfills year-round needs, yet is highly impactful during a power outage lasting more than a couple of hours. Portable generators are a reliable option to power what you need, when you need it.

For more information on portable generators for your home, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

Smaller-Sized Standby Generators for Every Homeowner at an Entry-Level Price Point – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 18, 2016

Kohler Generators has a complete line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER unit at an entry-level price point. The line focuses on lower kW-output models – 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW – making standby power available to more consumers with smaller budgets.

All homeowners should have access to safe, reliable backup power – no matter their budgets. These units deliver Kohler quality and performance and address the needs of more homeowners.

The 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW standby units (8 RESV/8 RESVL, 10 RESV/10 RESVL, 12 RESV/12 RESVL) may be price positioned at the lower end of the KOHLER home standby offering, but they provide the same performance, reliability and craftsmanship consumers have come to expect from Kohler. Each unit delivers high-quality power by offering advanced voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion. This results in excellent power quality to protect delicate electronics and expensive appliances. In addition, Kohler’s exclusive Powerboost technology provides advanced startup power to handle heavy loads like a central air conditioning unit and can power up in as little as 10 seconds. Other standout features of the 8 kW, 10kW and 12 kW models include:

  • Units run on liquid propane (LP) or natural gas, and are powered by KOHLER OHV engineS
  • They offer quiet, “neighborhood-friendly” operation
  • The units require a smaller installation footprint because they are roughly half the size of their larger kW counterparts – ideal for compact lots
  • The generators feature a new enclosure made from steel, dipped in e-coat for extra corrosion protection and painted with a durable powder coat finish in KOHLER cashmere to blend into any backyard setting
  • They offer remote monitoring capabilities via smartphone, tablet or computer as standard equipment
  • All “L” models come with a new 100 Amp RXT Automatic Transfer Switch
  • All models come with a five-year or 2,000-hour limited warranty

This line of standby generators are designed for homeowners who wish to power a few essential systems or appliances in their home during a power outage. They can power multiple circuits in a home that connect to items like a refrigerator, sump pump, HVAC system, lighting and more. When power is lost to the home, a KOHLER standby generator automatically turns on – generally within 10 seconds – and runs on propane or natural gas. Homeowners do not need to be present to start or refuel the generator.

These smaller standby units fulfill the growing demand for more entry-level standby generators without sacrificing anything when it comes to performance and dependability.

For more information about Kohler’s 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW standby generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Be Prepared to WEATHER the Storm - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
By Jeff Stelmack

When the lights go out, there is no better feeling than the security provided when your standby generator starts up and restores power to your home or business. Owners purchase a generator for a variety of reasons, whether it is convenience, to back up a business, to run well pumps, or for life safety concerns. Whatever the reason, it is important that an owner feels confident that when the power fails, their generator will operate as intended. Much like a car, a standby generator requires maintenance, and upkeep to ensure it is working at peak performance when you need it the most.

Yearly maintenance agreements

More and more homeowners and businesses are installing generators and seeking companies to maintain them. When storms roll through and cause massive power outages, the demand for service on generators is extremely high. If you have had your generator maintained as part of a regular routine maintenance plan, the chances that it will work for you during an outage arehigh; if you have a problem, however, you will find that companies provide priority service to those customers who have existing maintenance agreements. It's not that companies don't want new business, but it is important to ensure the satisfaction of the loyal customer base a company has already established. Becoming part of that customer base before an extended power outage is the best way to ensure prompt service.

Keep your ears open

One of the easiest ways to identify potential problems with your generator before there is a power outage is by monitoring the weekly exercise. Most standby generators have a programmable exercise timer, where the generator starts and runs for 15 to 20 minutes per week. It is important to know your scheduled exercise time, and what the generator sounds like during normal operation. If you are not at home during the exercise time, you can also check the hour meter and make sure it has advanced each week. Our technicians are happy to provide operator training so you know what to look for. If you notice that the generator has not exercised, a service call can help return it to normal operation before the power goes out.

Look for qualified generator service companies

Servicing generators is a profession that is constantly evolving and proper training is needed to keep up with industry changes. South Shore Generator, for example, currently employs 14 full-time generator technicians, who are factory trained in residential, large industrial, marine, portable and mobile generator applications. Don't be afraid to ask which factories a company represents and which they are qualified to provide
warranty repairs for.

Don't forget about your automatic transfer switch

The automatic transfer switch, commonly referred to as the ATS, is often the brains of the operation when it comes to a standby generator system. The ATS is what senses when normal power fails, signals the generator to start, and transfers the facility load to generator power. It is important to have your service company conduct a simulated power outage during your maintenance, or after repairs, to ensure the ATS and generator are both working properly together.

Investing in a generator is the first step in providing security and peace of mind for your home or business. It is important to remember that once you purchase a generator, you can help make sure it is going to work for you when you need it the most. Proper maintenance, monitoring for weekly exercise and familiarizing yourself with the owner's manual are all important steps toward protecting your investment. Don't wait until you need service in an emergency to look for a service company — yearly maintenance agreements are a great way to move yourself to the top of the priority list.

Jeff Stelmack is Service Manager for South Shore Generator. He can be reached at 888-339-4248 or jstelmack@ssgen.com.

Source: Health & Wealth edition of Cape & Plymouth Magazine

Two Gaseous Mobile Generators for Special Events – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The compact generators offer reliable power options at greater cost savings

Kohler Power Systems has two compact gaseous-fueled generators to meet growing demand for cost-effective mobile power in new markets. The units can easily switch between optional on-board LP fuel tanks and external LP liquid, LP gas or natural gas fuel sources. The two models (50 kVA – 70 kVA) are part of the industry-leading mobile generator line.

The 50REZGT and 70REZGT are ideal for the event rental, construction, commercial and water utility markets. The compact gensets are engineered to provide reliable power in any situation from disaster recovery and special events to serving as primary power at construction sites and backup power at water utilities, commercial retail and healthcare facilities.

The two models can help reduce users’ fuel costs by 15 to 20 percent* compared to diesel fuel. The propane’s benefits extend beyond affordability.

Propane has become the alternative fuel of choice for an expanding range of residential and commercial applications because of its efficiency and lower emissions. Equipment like Kohler’s mobile generators will give professionals more opportunities to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable, American-made propane on the jobsite.

Better for the environment

The 50REZGT (50 kVA) features a 4.3-liter naturally aspirated engine while the 70REZGT (70 kVA) features a 5.7-liter engine. The two models feature optional on-board LP tanks, so users working in areas without a propane gas supply can use on-board fuel and then switch to an on-site supply when available. The on-board tank is built for a 24-hour run time, while connection to an external LP or natural gas supply offers extended usage.

In addition to being more cost effective than diesel, LP burns cleaner so these Kohler mobile generators produce fewer toxins and less smog-producing carbon monoxide. LP also flashes to vapor at atmospheric pressure, which reduces the risk of accidents from fuel spills. The gaseous-fueled generators also feature a three-way exhaust catalyst and an electronic isochronous governor. They can be customized with optional add-ons like cam-locks and a voltage selector switch.

Both the 50REZGT and 70REZGT are certified for prime power and standby applications by the Environmental Protection Agency, and certified by the California Air Resources Board, which sets strict air quality standards.

Easy maintenance

For the Kohler mobile generators, servicing is easier thanks to the company’s patent-pending enclosure, which is easily pulled off after removing some bolts, offering straightforward access to all parts without disconnecting any wires or additional parts. In addition, the mobile generators include a fluid containment system to collect any leaking engine fluids. All Kohler generators come with a standard three-year warranty managed through a service network of more than 10,000 dealers across the United States dedicated to meeting the needs of commercial and residential customers.

The 50REZGT and 70REZGT are available now. Designed with customization in mind, the line offers a choice of fuel, a wide range of engine sizes, and custom receptacle connectors, fuel tanks and paint or decal packages.

For more information, visit South Shore Generator.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Marine Generators for Commercial and Megayacht Marine Applications – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Kohler Power Systems, a manufacturer of diesel and gasoline marine generators from 4 to 150 kW for a wide range of pleasure and commercial craft applications, two models to talk about in its expanded offering of EPA Tier 3-compliant diesel marine generators – ranging from 125 to 150 kW for 60 Hz, and 100 to 125 kW for 50 Hz.

The models are specially designed for commercial and megayacht marine applications. Both models feature a high-pressure common rail fuel system offering optimum performance and fuel efficiency. They include a newly designed KOHLER Decision-Maker 3500 (DEC 3500) controller equipped with paralleling software, saving much of the space and cost of switchgear.

The KOHLER DEC 3500 offers a customer interface for easier data entry and retrieval. Advanced features include bus sensing, first on logic and synchronization. It can be operated in one of three paralleling modes: P-gen (Kohler-patented), droop, or V-bias/S-bias.

The generators feature:

  • Kohler’s newly designed Fast Response X (FRX) alternators with superior permanent magnet excitation
  • Isolated ground DC electrical system (standard)
  • Smaller footprint compared to previous Tier 2 KOHLER models

In addition to existing heat exchanger and keel-cooling options, Kohler released inline radiator models as part of the company’s commitment to offer fully integrated solution for the workboat market.

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

Source: kohlerpower.com


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