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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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Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Uncategorized
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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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Halloween is the only night to create a sense of fun by turning off all the lights in the house! Generators that keep lights on guarantee your family stays safe and sound every day of the year.  

Generators that keep lights on is a basic requirement when buying a new generator. Narrowing down options on new generators can take weeks of searching the internet for information, comparing brands, and visiting big chain stores that sell generators. But after all this effort, do you really know what you are getting? Have you factored in the value of your time to become a self taught generator “expert”?

What about hidden costs, such as pouring the concrete pad to support a permanent generator mounted outside. How about the cost of hiring a licensed electrician to wire and connect the generator at your home or office? What about delivery fees for discount generators that come by freight? And, how do you move that heavy generator once it lands in your driveway?

Why not take a different approach by making a list of systems you must have working in a power outage lasting several days. Generators that keep lights on, run household appliances, including the stove to cook hot meals and maintain temperatures in your fridge and freezer to avoid food spoilage. 

Halloween should be the only day of the year when sitting in a dark and scary house with your family and friends gathered by candlelight is fun. Generators that keep lights on is only one item out of many to consider. Let the experts at Northeast Generator, the people who’ve been in the business for 40 years selling, installing and maintaining generators help you make the right decision that’s simple, easy, and affordable. Give them a call to discuss all of your generator needs at (203) 336-3031.
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Portable Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized, Winter Weather Generators

How to Winterize a Generator

Do you own a portable generator or a standby generator? It’s important that you know how to winterize a generator by following a few simple guideline:

How to Winterize a Portable Generator:

  • Use a premium fuel stabilizer and run engine for 10 minutes to circulate.
  • Drain oil from crankcase; replace your oil filter and refill with new oil.
  • While engine is running, spray premium fogging oil until you see heavy smoke. Now, shut off generator.
  • Remove spark plug and apply fogging oil as thick layer over hole. 
  • Inspect all screws, nuts, fasteners and clamps to ensure they’re secure.
  • Inspect generator for any damaged parts and replace, if necessary. 
  • Store in safe, dry place for winter months.

How to Winterize a Standby Generator:

Battery:

  • Check your battery and be sure your battery is not low or dead. A low battery reading may become a bigger problem. When in doubt, replace the battery. 
  • Buy a cold weather kit with battery heater for temperatures below 40 degrees.

Diesel Fuel:

  • An engine block heater heats engine oil for optimal starting. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations’ if you have an electrical heater that maintains coolant temperature. 
  • If you have a diesel engine below 1 liter per cylinder, use glow plugs which take air into combustion chamber; or, air inlet heater that heats the air needed for cooling and combustion. 
  • To prevent condensation on control panels, use AC powered, anti-condensation control panel heater. 
  • A winter grade blend with additives prevents gelling (follow manufacturer’s recommendations at all times). Fuel line and storage tank heaters are two other ways to keep fuel at temperature. 

A good rule of thumb is always maintain your generator, both in summer and in winter to prevent an emergency situation when the power unexpectedly turns off. Northeast Generator’s friendly staff is always here to help with your questions on maintenance and replacement parts (203) 336-3031. 

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

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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Consumer Help, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Wondering About a Standby Generator Tax Deduction? If you bought a standby generator to support dialysis equipment, chairlift, or specialized wheelchair, it’s considered a medical-related expense that you should discuss with your tax accountant. However, if you’re still weighing the pros and cons of buying a standby generator, here are a few pros you may not have thought about:

First, it gives tremendous peace of mind. Realtors call this the “joy factor”. Backup power from an automatic transfer switch and power management system means that heaters, refrigerators, computers, sump pumps and lights keep running and your family and pets stay safe in emergencies. Second, any home improvement project that increase livability is worthwhile! A standby generator fits this category. Just look around your neighborhood. More and more people work from home, making a standby generator essential for business. Communications, computer programs, telephones, internet, and other vital equipment function without interruption. Customers and co-workers stay happy. Finally, what about financial protection? Your paycheck is at high risk if you struggle and try to live without power even for a few days. Think about the cost to replace all of the things you lose in a disaster? Food in the fridge and freezer thrown away and restocked. Downed trees to be cut and removed by landscapers. Water pumped out and repairs to roof or basement. Expense after expense. It’s a money drain possibly avoided by owning a standby generator as your back up power source in a disaster.

It’s always best to discuss options with a professional.  So, after you check in with your tax advisor, call Northeast Generator at (203) 336-3031 to discuss your needs. Although a tax deduction is always nice to find, buying a standby generator pays off in so many other ways…peace of mind, better livability, and financial protection in post-emergency clean up.
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