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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.


Back-up Power is the Answer to Winter Storms – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 23, 2017
A 20 KW Kohler Generator

When it comes to storm prep, most people think about stocking up on food and water, picking up flashlights, or purchasing a battery-operated weather radio. One of the most overlooked items when it comes to being prepared at home is a generator.

Kohler offers a wide range of standby generators for every size home and budget. You can select a smaller size generator (8kW) to power a few key systems in your home like your lights and refrigerator, or a larger size generator (30kW) to power everything in the home.

There are several options for homeowners to consider. Most people are familiar with portable generators. In addition to portables, there are automatic standby generators. Standby generators automatically supply power to your home when utility power is lost. An automatic transfer switch monitors utility power; switches power to the generator when power is lost. They permanently attach to your home similar to a central air conditioning unit and run on natural gas or propane.

Depending on the size, a standby generator can power everything in your home, including: air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, sump pumps and even delicate electronics. You don’t have to be home to operate…they turn on automatically and you can monitor remotely.

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

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Portable Generators Keep Your Home Functioning During Cold Weather Emergencies – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Kohler Portable Generator

With much of the country bracing for blistering cold temperatures and continued winter storms, now is the time for homeowners to ensure they are prepared for power loss this winter.

Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home and family. In addition to these helpful power outage hacks, it's also important to consider the ultimate backup plan for your home – a standby generator. Generator manufacturers like Kohler produce a variety of home standby generator models, as well as portable and commercial options depending on your needs. To learn more about backup power options, sizing and costs, visit South Shore Generator.

A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, leading-edge products and comprehensive support. The company provides complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications.

For more information on finding the right portable generator to keep your home running all winter long, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.


Happy New Year from South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 06, 2017
Happy New Year from South Shore Generator!

Happy New Year 2017 South Shore Generator!

A fresh new year has arrived once again. It’s the time to be thankful for everything we have and for everything we have achieved in the past year. But it is also time to start new, start strong, and accomplish everything we want to do this year.

It is also time for us to say “Thank You” for our success last year. If you are an existing associate, we have enjoyed working with you. If we are just embarking on a new relationship with you in 2017, we look forward to the opportunity. We are excited for what we all can achieve in 2017.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie

Happy New Year from South Shore Generator!

Portable Generators Make Your Home Safe And Winter Storm-Ready – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 06, 2017
Generac Residential Standby Generator

Weather drives the majority of power outages around Massachusetts and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Without proper preparation, winter storms can also have a significant impact on the family and the house itself. Generac Power Systems is making it easier to prepare for winter storms with a list of insightful readiness tips to help homeowners make their home safe and storm-ready.

Focus First On Emergency Power

Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather. Power loss can have a negative and cascading effect on the home that amplifies existing health and safety risks.

  1. Invest in a Generac Guardian series home standby generator to keep critical home systems running automatically in the event of a power outage. It is important to consult an expert when making your decision, such as an authorized Generac dealer, who is familiar with local electrical and building codes as well as product options to meet the homeowner's unique backup power needs.
  2. Consider a Generac portable generator if a permanent home standby generator is not an option. Next to a home standby generator, a portable generator is the best way to keep critical home systems and appliances up and running during a power outage.

Perform Outside Maintenance

Ice buildup is one of the most frequently occurring and potentially paralyzing winter storm hazards. The weight of ice can bring down power lines and tree limbs, causing widespread power outages. In fact, according to, only a ½ in. of ice can add 500 lb. to the weight of a tree branch, and a 2009 ice storm resulted in power outages affecting 1.3 million people. Additionally, roof and water damage can be costly but can be avoided by properly preparing the exterior of your home for harsh winter weather.

Powering Through The Storm

Preparing the home in advance for extreme winter weather is central to creating a safe and comfortable environment to ride it out. Generac Power Systems offers the broadest range of home backup generators that turn on automatically when utility power goes out, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages. For more information and detailed winter weather-related safety tips, visit South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.



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