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6 Reasons to Install a Home Standby Generator & Ditch the Portable Unit

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Standby Generators

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If you’re considering upgrading from a portable generator to a standby unit, you want to make sure the investment is worthwhile. After all, why pay so much more for a full home generator when you could continue muddling through with your little portable unit on the rare occasion you’re faced with an outage?

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8 Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2020 7:21:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Electrical Outlets, Electrical Safety

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Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,880 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year in 2012-2016, according to the NFPA. And let’s not forget about electrocution. 

Some folks focus so heavily on electrical safety tips for the inside of their home, they forget about the outside! Yet, your landscape can pose its own unique set of risks if not properly managed.

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5 Quick Adjustments to Lower Your Business’ Electric Bill

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in save money, lower energy bills, business electrician

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Another statement waiting to be paid… and that electricity bill sure is high.

But when it comes to powering your business, sometimes you just have to fork up the money, right? Wrong.

There’s been a steady trend over the last decade pushing towards more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly business practices, all of which could significantly improve your bottom line.

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Before, During & After a Florida Storm

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2020 12:30:00 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Generators, Commercial Electric, Residential Electric

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If you’re new to Florida, it’s important to understand how serious hurricane season should be taken in our southern state. Category 3 and above storms hit our region regularly, and repercussions can be catastrophic if proper precautions aren’t followed.

Here’s a quick list of some hurricane preparedness ideas to prepare before, during, and after the next SWFL storm:

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6 Signs Your Generator May Need Repair or Servicing

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2020 1:45:00 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Generators

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If your generator isn’t operating the way it did when it was first installed, there might be something wrong. 

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10 Ways to Stay Cool Without Power or AC

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators

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Here you are again— another storm, another power outage. 

In the dead Florida heat, it’s agonizing waiting for the electric company to get your neighborhood up and running again. You and your family are melting and need some quick ways to cool off!

While obviously not as good as an air conditioning unit, here are a few ways to keep yourself cool without your AC until the power comes back on:

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7 Tips for Maintaining & Servicing Your Portable Generator

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2020 12:45:00 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Generators

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Here you are again—rummaging through your garage for your portable generator. A hurricane will be bearing down in just a matter of hours, but just when you go to fire your backup power source up… nothing! The generator won’t start.

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What Type of Generator or Backup Power Supply Do You Need?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2020 2:57:00 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Standby Generators, Generators

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When it comes to generator shopping, it can be hard to know where to start. A long list of terms get tossed around, many of which overlap and can unintentionally confuse— electric generators, gas generators, standby generators, automatic power generators, back-up generators, etc.

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4 Big Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home Generator

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2020 9:15:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Generators, How Do Generators Work

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In the market for a new home generator? Sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Liquid propane or natural gas? Wattage? Standby or portable?

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3 Signs It’s Time for an Electrical Ballast Replacement

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2020 3:53:06 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Electrical Panels, Electrical Outlets, Electrical Safety

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Are your fluorescent bulbs on the fritz? If you’ve recently been hearing a strange, loud buzzing sound every time you flick on the lights, or are experiencing inconsistent lighting levels, there’s a chance the bulbs themselves aren’t to blame.

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