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Consumer Help, Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Uncategorized

Two Tornadoes Confirmed on Cape Cod. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down Tuesday on Cape Cod. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain without power after the storm.

The weather service said both tornadoes had estimated wind gusts as high as 110 mph, which is on the high end of the Enhanced Fujita Scale’s EF-1 ranking.

Living anywhere in New England is becoming a challenge. From tornadoes, to hurricanes, to winter blizzards. Is anyone safe? And if that answer is no, what can you do? There’s only one simple answer…other than moving to another part of the country plus this doesn’t necessarily bring 100% guarantee you’re safe from other disasters like earthquakes!

PREPARE! That’s what you can do. The National Weather Service can’t prevent roofs or shingles from peeling off of buildings, or trees being uprooted. But after you’ve secured life and family, damage is repairable more easily if you own a generator.

Think about this recent storm on Cape Cod. The National Weather Service confirmed numerous twisted and snapped trees, downed wires, road closures and damaged buildings in the storm’s wake. Days later, people are still without power and unable to return to their daily routine due to road closures.

The National Weather Service gives free advice to prepare for disasters like tornadoes, including:
  • Check the Forecast. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Sign Up for Severe Storm Warnings. Communities have outdoor sirens but some depend on media and smart phones to communicate with residents.
  • Create and Practice a Family Communications Plan.
  • Designate an emergency room such as a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

Northeast Generator wants to help people before disaster strikes. Be safe and give us a call to learn more about your generator options (203) 336-3031.
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What’s the best generator for your boat?

Are you confused about a generator for your boat? Are your concerns about having enough power or too much noise and fuel consumption? You’re not alone…at Northeast Generator we hear questions like these every day!


What’s the right size generator for your boat?
#1 – Small boat: Like all pieces of boating equipment, size and type of generator for your boat depends on how it’s being used. If you want to take it to a beach to keep drinks cold in a fridge or to run a sound system, a portable gasoline unit weighing 50 pounds is ideal. These small units are usually quiet and can be carried for safety, such as when your boat needs a battery charge during an emergency.

#2 – Medium boat: If power tools are part of your boat’s repair and maintenance plan…such as running a welding machine on a metal boat, a generator for your boat with output of at least 5kW will be necessary.

#3 – Large boat: A generator for your boat that has 12.5kW will produce equal power as in a small land-based home or condo. It will also enable normal electrical equipment to be operated all at once. Bigger boats with air conditioning and electric stoves, ovens, and refrigeration might require 15-20kW.

And…what about wattage? If you’re thinking about adding a new generator to your boat, first figure out its intended maximum electrical load. A good rule of thumb is electric heaters, refrigerators and freezers usually require 1,500 watts but when run all at the same time, a generator unit with 4.5kW is needed. Don’t forget about the microwave, electric cook top, water heater and any other type of electronics when assessing the correct size generator for your boat.

Northeast Generator is happy to help people in the boating world make the right selection before buying. Please give us a call anytime with your questions (203) 336-3031.
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Strong winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic! 

June 1, 2018: it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic. This day begins a period of dramatic and dangerous weather that can strike unexpectedly and without warning. Plan ahead and avoid risk from the most life-threatening storms on Earth.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. This helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts. A battery, or hand-crank portable radio should be purchased and kept for emergencies only.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding (pictures on an iphone or a flash drive can be used as back up).
  • Stock up on supplies! A typical rule of thumb is a 3-day supply of easy to prepare meals and water (1 gallon per person per day). And, don’t forget items like diapers, first-aid kits, batteries, and medicine to get you through.
  • Fill your car with gas, and have enough cash in case of evacuation.
  • Flashlights, or battery-operated camping lanterns are essentials. Never use candles.
  • Keep refrigerator & freezer closed for as long as possible. If power goes out, check for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If authorities tell you to evacuate, be safe and follow directions.

Power outages leave you vulnerable to dangerous and life-threatening conditions brought on by Mother Nature. Now that it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic, it’s a perfect time to invest in a home generator for safety and peace of mind. The Consumer Reports article below gives a quick and easy overview about generator options, but when you have questions the folks at Northeast Generator are happy to help (203) 336-3031.  
https://www.consumerreports.org/generators/how-to-prepare-for-prolonged-power-outage/

 

 

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Is burying electrical lines really the answer to our blackouts?  A Wall Street Journal article, “Outages Rattle the Suburbs” published Monday, March 19, 2018, debates this hot topic.

People are on edge after four nor’easters in a row caused blackouts throughout our cities and towns. Are we blaming this vulnerability on our trees? While undergrounding can enhance the scenic beauty of our natural landscape, what’s the cost to residents? Years of annoying road closures, disruptions, and escalating utility bills? According to a report published by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, “The estimated cost for constructing underground transmission lines ranges from 4 to 14 times more expensive than overhead lines of the same voltage and same distance.”

heavy snow and ice will continue to pound our weakened power lines while sensible solutions continue to be urgently needed.

Generators are today’s solution for homes, offices, fire stations, hospitals, schools and government buildings. Generators are a proven, reliable back up power source in emergencies. And, when properly and professionally designed, installed, and maintained, generators greatly enhance our quality of life. Not to mention peace of mind.
Just think how many times a day you:
  • charge your phone
  • flip on a light
  • close the garage door
  • activate your building’s security system
Simple tasks, all taken for granted until the power shuts off! 

Instead of looking at buying a generator, you’re at the store, buying bread and milk again!
Honestly, you can do so much more to prepare for a disaster. Call the professionals at Northeast Generator and receive an estimate for installing and servicing a generator for your residential or commercial property at (203) 336-3031. Don’t go through another big storm feeling helpless. Get the process started today.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-suburban-new-yorkers-are-likely-to-face-more-power-outages-1521378000?shareToken=st4ddcc57c38f84b7a836c962695faf34b&reflink=article_email_share
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The Daily Voice talks with Mark Holzner, owner of Northeast Generator-one of the largest distributors of backup generators in Connecticut, who said sales have doubled over the past few months after Hurricane Irene.

Read the full article online: http://www.townvibe.com/Ridgefield/November-December-2012/Super-Power/

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Westfair Communications Business Journal talks about how Northeast Generator Company of Bridgeport services and installs permanent generator units as well as renting portable units. Northeast Generator has seen a significant uptick in residential generator installation following Tropical Storm Irene, said Joel Yencho, the company’s general manager.

Read more online: https://westfaironline.com/49904/region-sees-full-scale-mobilization-in-sandys-wake/

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CT Post mentions that Craig Peitrowicz, an employee of Northeast Generator in Bridgeport, looks at the gym floor destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy in the Westport Weston Family YMCA in Westport after Hurricane Sandy hit Westport Businesses.

Read the full article online: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Hard-hit-Westport-businesses-work-to-restore-4047089.php
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