When making your hurricane preparedness plan this year, you may be considering adding a generator to your list.
Here in Southwest Florida, you don’t want to be caught without backup power come hurricane season. We all remember Hurricane Irma, September 2017’s catastrophic storm. After the storm, 99% of the population of Florida was without power. It took almost two weeks before the power companies reestablished power— and even towards the end of September, there were still more than 70,000 outages in the state.
With all of our hurricanes and storms, purchasing a generator is practically a requirement of being a Florida resident.
As a southwest Florida homeowner, if you don’t already have a backup generator, you’re most likely in the market for one. Most people can’t afford to go hours— sometimes days— without power, every time a storm hits.
Whether you use your portable generator at home, the office or for camping, the last thing you want is for it to fail when you need it the most. Unfortunately, in the real world, things happen. Filters break, fuel lines clog and pull cords tear.
Next thing you know, your small but mighty backup generator is having delays starting, is rattling or isn’t firing up at all!
The power’s out. Again.
You and your family are sitting in darkness, unable to charge your electronics, run your air conditioner (a must in southwest Florida in the summer!), use your stove, and, oh yes— your refrigerator full of food is about to spoil. You’ve had enough! It’s time to invest in a backup generator.
Summer is coming! In Southwest Florida, that means scorching heat, afternoon thunderstorms, and the inevitable blackout. What’s a Florida homeowner to do? Well first... don’t panic!
Does it seem like you’re constantly relamping your parking lot lights? Or maybe you’re looking for bulbs with better energy efficiency to lower your business electricity bills and have fewer maintenance woes.
Either way, you may be looking to get rid of your old lot lights— specifically, to replace your current lamps with high-performance LEDs.
This leaves you with two options: either completely replace your parking lot lighting units or retrofit your current fixtures with LED hardware.
When it comes to making money on rental properties, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
First, you want to invest in a long-lasting home or apartment that will require minimal maintenance for you as the landlord. Second, you want to invest in renovations that will increase your property’s value, promising higher resale value and allowing you to charge higher rent costs.
What kind of electrical panel do you have? If you’re like most homeowners, you aren’t even sure!
But we'll let you in on a little secret: if your home was built before 1990, you may have an outdated electrical panel.
Electrical panels are specifically designed with safety in mind. They prevent too much power from flowing to the same area at once and overheating or causing a fire. But many panels installed before 1990 were recalled for their potential safety hazards.