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Portable Battery-Operated Generators for a Cleaner Option – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 26, 2016

Portable power has been the domain of gas generators for decades, but battery-powered generators are starting to pop up, offering a cleaner option for DIYers, campers, and tailgaters.

A gas generator can keep chugging along as long as you have fuel, which makes it a better solution if you are without power for an extended period of time. But battery-powered generators have a whole host of cool tricks up their sleeves: indoor use, silent operation, easy 120V AC charging, clean power, and zero emissions.

Kohler has been in the generator business for over 80 years, and has just introduced its first battery-powered, indoor/outdoor generator solution, the enCube generator. The enCube delivers 1400 watts of continuous power and 1200 watt hours, that's enough to power your corded tools or keep your batteries charged. It has built-in GFCI, which prevents overloading and overheating the generator or your tools. There are onboard USB ports to charge smartphones, 12V DC ports for medium-sized gadgets, and multiple 120V AC outlets for larger electronics and appliances.

You can charge this unit from any standard 120V AC wall outlet or any solar panel, which makes it useful for travelers and all day tailgaters. Multiple units can be run parallel for even more runtime.

When it comes to emergency preparedness, it's still tough to recommend anything other than gas-powered backups, but for the casual user who needs portable power for camping or tailgating, these new battery-powered generators just might be worth it.

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

Source: Popular Mechanics

Winter Preparations Should Include a "Power Plan" with Back-up Generators – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 19, 2016

Americans are encouraged to observe National Preparedness Month by making sure their home is ready to face both natural and manmade disasters. Emergencies are unexpected, and power outages caused by severe weather have become more common over the past decade. Yet, it is becoming increasingly easier to prepare for the unknown when homeowners understand the importance of creating or reviewing their emergency preparedness and continuity plans.

Generac power generators provide generator solutions for home standby and emergency preparedness power. As part of the month-long effort by FEMA, Generac is championing the effort asking homeowners to create a plan that promotes self-reliance for up to three days. This plan should anticipate going without water service, power, or access to a grocery store. Homeowners can start preparing by visiting Generac's weather preparation page and taking the following steps:

  • Be aware of the types of emergencies that could happen in the area.
  • Make a family plan for what to do in an emergency and whom to contact.
  • Build an emergency supply kit that includes flashlights and fresh batteries as well as weather radio to stay on top of storms and announcements from local authorities.
  • Spread the word by sharing tips and practices on social media. Inspire friends and family to do the same.
  • Develop a backup "power plan" that includes a portable or home standby generator.

A backup power source is recommended to keep critical appliances running. Lights stay on. Sump pumps, heat and air sources continue to operate. Smartphones stay charged. Even television, radio and computers continue to deliver emergency updates. A sense of normalcy is restored when items in the refrigerator are kept cold, water is still running, and the house is not left in the dark.

Portable and automatic home standby generators offer peace of mind in addition to a source of power. It's not just how one chooses to prepare, it's when one choose to prepare. The best time to prepare is now, and having a plan to follow will ensure that families remain safe and homes remain stable.

Homeowners can contact a South Shore Generator to get ahead of the storm and create a plan to keep the power running.


Prepare Your Home for Winter – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 12, 2016

Many homeowners overlook one of the most important things to prepare for when the winter season rolls around—snow storms. Experts believe homeowners are unprepared for winter storms, putting their families and their home in danger. Make sure you take the following into consideration and ensure your home is both warm and safe.

Major Dangers Associated with Winter Storms

Homeowners can face major dangers when winter weather rolls around, including damage from the weight of ice, snow and sleet. In the cases of major snowstorms, families can even be trapped in their homes due to blocked or frozen entryways. Cracked or burst water pipes connected to anything from steam and hot water heating, or a fire-protection system, can be extremely costly. Even after the storm, melting snow can cause major flooding.

Tips to Winterize and Protect Your Home

Though the list of winter weather dangers runs long, there are 10 easy steps that can ease or prevent these issues, all while creating a safer home environment during emergencies.

  1. Install weather stripping.
  2. Have your furnace/heating system serviced at the beginning of each season to ensure it runs properly, and have the filters changed.
  3. Move furniture away from vents.
  4. Add rock salt and sand to emergency kits to help melt ice on walkways.
  5. Install roof-heating cables to prevent ice dams on roofs and gutters.
  6. Insulate pipes.
  7. Place a cover over attic stairs.
  8. Insulate outlets with gasket covers.
  9. Invest in an automatic home standby generator, such as those from Generac, that automatically provide power for heat and electricity when there is a power outage. They turn on as soon as the power goes out and stay on until utility power is restored.
  10. If you have extra money in your budget, go for attic insulation, which can save as much as 30 percent on heating costs.

Basic winterizing for a home can be done for less than $200, but by investing in installations like attic insulation and a Generac home standby generator, you get the best level of protection from winter storms. For more information contact South Shore Generator.


Standby Generators for Larger Homes and Small Businesses - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The KOHLER 24RCL s a 24 kW standby generator which is designed to meet the growing demands for power that larger homes and small businesses require. This stationary generator provides industrial-grade power in a compact design that’s ideal for residential and light-commercial applications.

As homes expand in size and constant connectivity is increasingly emphasized, as well as businesses becoming more technologically advanced, the demand for reliable power continues to grow. The 24RCL model features an industrial-grade engine that can power everything in a large home or small business, including major mechanicals to sophisticated electronics. It provides high-quality, reliable backup power to keep homes and businesses functioning when power is lost during extended periods.

The 24RCL is designed for whole house power, meaning all major systems and appliances – including HVAC, lights, refrigerators, sump pumps and security systems – will keep running during an outage. It can also protect sophisticated and sensitive electronics like smartphones, entertainment systems and computers. Besides larger homes, the 24RCL generator can be specified for light commercial applications, such as retail shops and small professional offices.

In addition to providing high-quality clean power, the 24RCL offers “neighborhood-friendly” operation. Its patented, three-fan, automotive-style cooling system contributes to quiet operation and reduced sound levels. The system runs at 61 decibels during normal operation and 55 decibels during weekly exercise, which is no louder than a typical conversation. S

imilar to other KOHLER standby generators, the 24RCL automatically turns on within seconds of a power outage. Its runs on self-feeding fuels like liquid propane (LP) or natural gas, so there’s no need for refueling. Other features of the KOHLER 24RCL include:

  • 1,800 rpm, 2.2L inline-4 cylinder engine
  • 60 Hz single-phase and 60 Hz three-phrase (208, 240 and 480V), running on natural gas or LP
  • Corrosion-resistant, neutral-colored aluminum enclosure
  • KOHLER brushless, rotating field alternator with broad range reconnectability
  • RDC2 controller
  • Compatible with LCM, RXT, RDT RSB, ATS’s and OnCue Plus® Generator Management System (GM81385-KP2-QS) and Programmable Interface Module (PIM)
  • UL/CSA certifications
  • Five-year warranty

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



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