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#snOMG 2017 – Why You Need A Generator

The first “snow storm” of the year left many without power – some for short periods, others for a day or more. This is just a reminder why you should consider having a whole home generator installed.
 
Our homes are a busy place; a permanently installed whole home generator will keep that rhythm going by providing dependable protection during a power outage. Whole home generators can provide worry-free emergency power to support your homes electrical needs for days, possibly even weeks. Whole home generators are a clean and quiet, automatic backup power, just what your family needs to be safe and comfortable!
 

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My KOHLER Whole Home Generator

 
Do I really need a KOHLER whole home generator?
YES! A whole home generator will keep your home running smoothly when an unexpected outage hits. Generators provide worry-free emergency power to your homes electrical needs. ARC Electric Company proudly supplies and installs KOHLER whole home generators.
 
As homeowners we typically don’t think of needing a generator until a storm hits and knocks power out. Be prepared for the next storm, call our office today to schedule a FREE estimate for your generator needs – (704) 821-7005!
 
Why do I need a whole-house generator?
When the power to your home fails a whole home generator with an automatic transfer switch will kick in automatically providing you with continuous power to essential appliances.
Considered that no electricity in your home means:
* Food spoils in the refrigerator
* Basements can flood because sump pumps stop working
* Water may stop flowing if you are on a well pump; worse still, sewage may back-up into the house if you have a septic pump
* The heat shuts off even if you use natural gas, propane, or oil – no electricity means those devices won’t work either
* Telephones land lines fail and you can’t charge your cell phones
* Medical needs – Do you care for someone who may need electricity for health reasons or is weakened and can not handle extremes of temperature?

 
What size generator will I need?
The answer is “that depends”. Smaller electrical loads need smaller generators and bigger loads require bigger generators. We will be glad to help you decide what electrical loads are important to you.
 
How big is a whole home generator?
Generators are actually quite small. Air cooled units (up to 20 kW) take a 3’ x 5’ mounting area and are normally 2’ wide, 4’ long and about 2.5’ tall.

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Kohler Generators – Answering Mother Nature’s Mood Swings

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Kohler Generator…
Answering Mother Nature’s Mood Swings!

 
*Kohler has a Ph.D. in power.
In just 10 seconds, KOHLER generators can automatically power your AC, heat, sump pump and major appliances like your fridge and oven – all at the same time.
 
*They build them to outlast the outage.
Inside every KOHLER generator is a commercial-grade engine built to withstand extreme workloads over many years.
 
*They back them with a premium warranty.
You get KOHLER’s 5-year, 2,000-hour protection, PLUS a corrosion-proof enclosure that’s built to last.
 
*KOHLER Generators are trusted everywhere.
Hospitals, nuclear power plants and even the National Weather Service trust hard-working, long-lasting KOHLER generators.
 
*They eat, sleep and breathe quality.
KOHLER generators are meticulously quality-tested, start to finish. Once the design passes inspection, they are ready for production. Before they leave the factory, they are put through the paces one more time. The result is total reliability.
 
*KOHLER is over 90! And only getting better with age.
They built their first generator in 1920. Since then they’ve had one simple goal: build the best generators in the world.

 
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Lessons on an Emergency Pantry

Brad Strudstrup is a writer for KOHLER Generators blog website and I came across a few of his post from 2012 – I thought I would share with our ARC Electric Company customers. I recently shared a post from him on 48 hours without Power. This is his follow up post on planning an emergency pantry. Great tips. I went home after the first blog and scoured my pantry to see if we could make it 48 hours – my family relies heavily on stocking meat in winter and veggies in the summer. So we will be changing some things around to be more prepared. But Brad’s below post can be seen here and is great information.
 
What did our 48-hour rehearsal teach us about how to prepare for a real emergency, especially an extended one?
 
Lesson 1 – Water. Even with a fairly thin pantry, we weren’t going to starve. But there’s no question that having enough drinking water was a major problem. So stock up. You can buy large jugs of water at the grocery store or fill your own. All that water needs to be properly stored (dark, cool) and rotated (at least every six months) to keep your supply fresh.
 
Second, you’ll need even more water for cooking and hygiene. As we ran out of fresh water, I started to eye the hot water tank as a water source. If you happen to have rain barrels or a swimming pool, that would be a great source for toilet-flushing water.
 
Lesson 2 – An Alternate Stove. If we had a couple bags of charcoal (or propane tanks) or a camp stove or hot plate with plenty of extra fuel, we would have eaten better. Much better. We had boxes of pasta, bottles of tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic and plenty of spices; we could have had a wonderful dinner. We could have heated up our ready-to-eat (RTE) meals. Had a hot cup of coffee. Now that’s living!
 
Lesson 3 – More Ready-to-Eat Meals! We would have loved a week’s worth of ready-to-eat meals in vacuum pouches, cups or bowls. But RTE meals are fairly expensive, so buy when they’re on sale.
 
Lesson 4 – A Full Pantry. If you don’t have an alternative stove or plenty of RTEs, a well-stocked pantry will be the heart of your emergency planning. Think in terms of food groups.
 
Protein? Think: canned chicken, fish and beans, energy bars, peanut butter and nuts.
 
Dairy and Beverages? Think: powered or boxed milk or milk substitutes, instant breakfast shakes, boxed juices.
 
Vegetables and Fruits? Think: canned corn, carrots, peas and tomatoes. Canned peaches, pears, pineapple or ready-to-eat fruit cups. Applesauce!
 
Boxed and Packaged Foods? Think: pasta, rice, cereals. And bread substitutes like shelf-stable tortillas and taco shells.
 
Treats? Think: boxes of dried fruits, puddings, chocolate bars, jams and jellies, honey, sugar. Chips and pretzels for snacks.
 
Don’t Forget! Coffee and tea. Condiments like salsa, ketchup, mustard and a shaker of Parmesan cheese. Olive oil, salt and pepper, spices and seasonings.
 
Your preparations will need modification if you’re planning meals for an infant or anyone with dietary concerns or food allergies.
 
Lesson 5 – Disposable Dinnerware and Hygiene Products. Having paper plates, cups and plastic utensils would have been extremely helpful. Consider about how you’re going to clean up and maintain a high level of hygiene. Do you have enough napkins, paper towels and cleaning supplies? Garbage bags? Extra toilet paper and hand sanitizer?
 
Although this experience was challenging, it has taught me two important lessons: 1) a manual can opener is a great invention; and 2) we should all seriously consider a home generator! After all, with a backup generator, we’d have a different story to tell, because life and meals would be no different than any other day.”

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48 Hours without Power: So, What is for Dinner?

Brad Strudstrup is a writer for KOHLER Generators blog website and I came across a few of his post from 2012 – I thought I would share with our ARC Electric Company customers. If you had a power outage and did not have a backup generator – what would you eat or drink? His blog really puts a lot into perspective so I wanted to share. You can see his post here.
 
September 16, 2012 was “Dine in the Dark Day,” and our partners at FLASH and the Great Hurricane Blowout inspired me to try it. In fact, I simulated a power outage for 48 hours. Follow along as I describe our dining-in-the-dark experience.
 
If your power went out right now, what would you have for dinner? What if the outage lasted a week? Do you have 21 meals ready to go in your pantry? I didn’t.
 
Let’s hope you already have an emergency plan (where to meet, for example), and an emergency kit so you’re all set when it comes to flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, and other recommended items. But what are you going to eat?
 
While having a well-stocked pantry of non-perishable foods is the best defense, most of us don’t actively prepare an emergency pantry for an extended outage. To find out what we should be stocking up on, my wife and I decided to do an impromptu “emergency rehearsal” by shutting off our power for 48 hours. No, we didn’t run to the store first to stock up – we just shut down the power. Here’s our 48-hour diary.
 
Dinner on Saturday.An easy candle-lit dinner: chicken breasts in the fridge and just enough charcoal for one cookout, plus leftover rice and two peaches (our last fresh fruit along with three very ripe bananas). Cookies and our last bit of cheese for dessert. That was the end of the perishables: even with the door closed, the fridge will only keep perishables safely for about four hours. It was very evident that we didn’t have much water; just one jug of drinking water and another (half-empty) of distilled water for ironing. That was it. We stacked the plates and silverware in the sink, and washed our hands with disposable wipes.
 
Breakfast on Sunday.Cereal topped with a box of milk substitute (my wife is lactose intolerant), plus prunes, raisins and those bananas. We could have really used a nutrition shake or energy bar for protein. We also had our last slices of bread with peanut butter and honey.
 
Lunch on Sunday. Lunch was canned tuna (me) and canned chicken (my wife) on fancy party crackers. More peanut butter. Even with rationing and very limited brushing of teeth, we’ll run out of drinking water by tomorrow morning. Snacks were chips and a can of roasted almonds.
 
Dinner on Sunday. Vacuum packs of ready-to-eat (RTE) Indian food and rice. Canned soup would have been nice. We would have enjoyed our dinner more if we could have heated it up in a pot of water on the grill, camp stove or hotplate, but the meals were pretty good, even cold. No more RTEs in the pantry, though.
 
Breakfast on Monday. We’re only three meals into the outage and the pantry is quite bare! Breakfast is cereal and our last box of milk substitute, plus applesauce. Snacks: chips and a jar of olives.
 
Lunch on Monday. Canned black beans and an opened box of taco shells. We’re eyeing a bag of old marshmallows. Bonus: we find two packages of cheese crackers from a recent flight. This is getting sad.
 
The takeaway? We barely had 48 hours of food, and just 36 hours of water. What did we learn about what should be in our emergency pantry? That’s our next story!

 
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Generator Financing…

Inside Picture of Kohler Generator ARC Electric CompanyDid you ARC Electric Company offers financing for their generators? You can get 0% financing for 12 months. It’s quick and easy and once approved we can install your generator within a few days. Call us today to schedule your free estimate for a whole home generator!
 
 

KOHLER …Now that is a generator!

In case you didn’t know this blog is written by Whitney. So hi!!!
 
My husband is a HVAC Service Technician for a company near our home and we stay in touch via texts during the day. Yesterday I received a text with this picture and his caption “Now that is a generator”. I got to looking harder at the picture and it is a KOHLER Commercial Generator….a honkin’ KOHLER Commercial Grade Stand By Generator. Not sure where this was taken, just neat to see one in action. The picture looks deceiving but this sucker is quite large!
 
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Snowy Weather – Power Outages…Stay Prepared!

 
The meteorologists are calling for more snowy weather and that typically means power outages. With a stand by home generator you won’t have to worry about a power outage. Call us today for your free quote! (704)821-7005

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