Power Outage Alerts

I received this helpful article via email from Cummins and would like to share it with our valuable customers.

It is important to keep up with power outages.  If you notice power outages in your area, it is only a matter of time before your power goes out.

If you want the security of not having to worry about power outages, you should call us for a free site assessment, 214-207-0506.

 

Power Outage Alerts

 
Driven by aging electrical grids, severe weather and simple human error, power outages are increasing both in number and severity.  Last year, more than 36 million people experienced power outages in the U.S.  It is no surprise that power outages are the biggest driver of demand for home standby generators, making it critical to know about severe weather before it occurs to best serve and market to your customers. 
 
We have listed below several sources for monitoring power outages, as well as threats for your local area.

Local Utility Company: The utility company in your area is a good resource for power outage information. Check your local utility company’s website to see if they offer severe weather alerts. We also suggest following their social media accounts; turn on post notifications for their accounts to ensure you receive the latest weather and outage alerts.  

PowerOutage.us: This online tracker pulls near real-time data from local utility companies across the country.  We recently added this tracker to our homegenerators.cummins.com website (here).  Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages.  It is important to track severe weather before it hits to ensure you’re prepared to connect with customers when the frustration of losing power is still fresh in their minds.

AccuWeather Alerts:AccuWeather will email daily forecasts, as well as severe weather watches and warnings directly to you.  These weather alerts provide you with a map detailing the area(s) likely to be affected, as well as details on the timing and impact of the weather.  Clickhereto sign up.

Eaton Power Outage Tracker: The Eaton Power Outage Tracker is a good source for historical power outage data across the U.S.  It also provides the causes and impacts for each power outage.  This tracker has not been updated this year, but allows you to see power outages since February 2008, so you can educate yourself on historical outages in your area.  Clickhereto use the Eaton Blackout Tracker.

The Weather Channel:Weather.comprovides information on lighting strikes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and other severe weather events.  Like AccuWeather, it also allows you to sign up for severe weather alerts and updated information on weather conditions.  Clickhereto learn more.

 

I hope you learned a lot about power outages.  In Dallas, we have lots of different storms that affect our electricity.  I hope you will consider getting a standby home generator so we can better protect your home and your family.  Call us today at, 214-207-0506.

 

True Story . . . I attended to a network meeting last week only to find the electricity was out at the restaurant where we regularly meet!

They said a transformer blew out, which happens more often than you would think. There was no rain or wind that morning, but it just popped and right at lunch time. It knocked out their electricity so they could not run their restaurant during some of their most busy times.

 

 

How much money can a restaurant lose without electricity?

First, let me give you some context of why I was meeting at Spring Creek. I meet with a business networking group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. It is a great way to connect to other business leaders and eat some good BBQ. I have noticed at least two other small groups of people meeting on those same Tuesdays.

In our group we had 12 people this week. Usually we see two other groups of 6 and 8 people. Then, we see people coming in and out all through our hour we are meeting.

Just estimating (because I noticed how many people are coming and going), the line fills up at 15 people and it fills up about 10 times while we are there for one hour. That adds up to 150 people. At $10 a lunch plate and $2 a drink, the average is $1800 per hour, not including groups, larger order take-outs or desserts. (I ran these numbers by a person who used to run a restaurant and he confirmed my estimates are spot on.)

This restaurant could have lost around $5000 over the course of lunch. And, if the electricity was out for supper, you can probably double that amount. In just one day they could have lost more money that it would have taken for them to install a permanent industrial generator for their restaurant.

Of course, that cost does not even account for any food they had to throw out due to loss of refrigeration. It also does not account for workers who they had to pay since they showed up for work. Yikes, a power outage at a business can cost a lot of money very quickly! My friend, who is a business owner decided to compare quotes for his electricity while the power was working as it should and saved a bunch of money. Usave got him his quote. read this to find out more.

Backup generators keep a business up and running during a power outages preventing losses in revenue and productivity.

If you have a business, I want you to seriously consider the cost of power going out for just a few hours. What if we have a big storm and it goes out for a few days?! I would love to chat with you about a permanent solution to help keep your business with power and keep your business making money. Call us at 214-207-0506.

melting summer temperatures

100 Degrees Weather Spells for one Hot Summer in Dallas, Tx

We are barely out of May and the weather reports are already showing multi-day one hundred degrees weather.  Our average here in Dallas, TX is not to hit the one hundred degree mark until July 1st, so we are already a month head of our already hot averages.

 

Besides ice cream, beach trips and shorts, we will be using a lot of electricity to keep cool . . . a lot more than you may realize.  The extreme electricity usage will make our summer even hotter since officials are already talking about rolling black outs.

 

 




Why do we have rolling black outs


The short answer is usage.  We are using more electricity and not building more power plants.  Think about all the additional electronics you have in your house versus just ten years ago.  Plus, here in the Dallas area, there are a lot more people moving to the area with no more power production.

 

With more people, more electronics per person, and even electric cars becoming more prevalent, it all adds up to a significant amount of electrical usage.  When you combine these conditions, it is like a rolling snowball of energy usage.  It gets bigger and bigger until something has to crash.  Rolling black outs is a way to avoid the crash with small outages rather than big large scale disasters.

 

Electricity production has increased slightly, but we have closed three large coal power plants: Big Brown, Sandow and Monticello. That knocked out enough energy to power about two million homes.  Closing coal plants is a national trend to help alleviate pollution, but it does nothing to make up for additional power needs.  Other Texas projects like wind farms, are coming out but not enough to make up for three plant closures. (1)


 


Rolling black outs are a HIGH possibility in 2018


Texas’ grid operator is warning that there could be a risk of summer blackouts as the state’s power use is expected to reach new record levels. Texas faces looming hot weather, a growing population and electric generation margins — the difference between the power being generated and what’s being used by customers — that will tighten to the lowest they’ve been in years. (2)

 

The senior director also chimed in: “There is a possibility that we may have what are called rotating outages (in 2018),” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT’s senior director of system operations. “Since we have more resources, that risk is probably reduced a little bit. But really, the focus for ERCOT is to make sure that we can quickly respond.” (3)

 

The way they will ‘respond quickly’ to high usage is to implement rolling black outs. You may not be affected at that moment, but once these black outs start, it is only a matter of time.

 

 

What happens to your electronics in a rolling black out



 

Many people may not realize that computers and cell phones can be greatly affected by a rolling black out. When the power goes off, it will cut out power to electronic devices.  It is crucial that you unplug and turn off any electrical device immediately even if they are on batter power.  Of course, you can leave your phone on, but make sure it is not plugged in to the wall or USB charger.

 

When the power comes back on there is sometimes a surge of energy.  Surge protectors may stop the surge, but some powered devices can still be affected in times of Black Outs because of the way the energy is amped up.

 

Plus, it is suggested that you replace power surge protectors every two years. (4)  If you are like most people, you probably don’t even remember when you bought them and they may not be doing you much good.

 

 

What to do in a rolling black out



 

First of all, be calm and patient.  Depending on the demand, it could be out for only 15 minutes or longer if there are critical issues with the heat and power consumption.  It could go off for hours if the energy usage has to be directed to emergency care facilities like hospitals or our growing senior facilities.



 

In summer electricity black outs you want to do the following:

  • Take care of any children, elderly and pets to make sure they stay cool.
  • Turn off all electronics AND you’re A/C. (You may want to leave a light on to know when it comes back on.)
  • Use flashlights rather than candles to avoid more heat and possible fires.
  • One quick tip: Do not open your fridge. If you need something, quickly open and shut it to conserve the food inside.  If the electricity is off more than a couple of hours, you can begin to see food wastage.

 

 

You can AVOID a rolling BLACK OUT.

 



Many people see using generators as a great source of electricity.  They go to the home supply store and pick up a gas generator.  Those are good in general, but be aware of the carbon dioxide and poisonous air that is put out by a gasoline operated unit.  These are not meant to be used indoors and they will not be much help in operating cooling systems like air conditioning.  The best use of these is for single plug and short interval emergency usage.



 

If you want a more reliable, safer generator for your whole house consider a standby home generator.  With a reliable standby generator, it comes on almost immediately if there is any change in the incoming electrical currents.  Power is usually on within seconds of power going out.



 

If our electrical providers use rolling black outs as they have indicated, you don’t have to wait for them to restore electricity since yours will be on automatically with a whole house generator.  When the electrical system restores electricity, your standby generator will sense the change and shift back to the system.  You may not even notice the change.



 

Even when the heavy summer Texas thunderstorms hit, you are still covered all year round.  A standby generator will keep your power on even if the whole city electricity goes off.  If lighting crashes a power line and knocks out the whole nighborhood, you will still have electricity to keep you cool and your family safe.  If a squirrel or car hits a power line and knocks out your block, you will still have electricity.



 

Call us today if you would like to get a standby home generator for your house.  We offer a free site evaluation where we can talk to you about your options.  Ryan Rendleman is a professional installer who will share with you the best, most cost effective way to protect your house in times of electrical outages.  He should know since he has one in his house, too.



Call Ryan today at 214-207-0506



 


Sources:


1: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/04/28/will-texans-get-burned-forecast-says-hotter-summer-less-available-electricity


2: https://www.expressnews.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Texas-grid-operator-warns-of-possible-rotating-12723906.php


3: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/04/30/texas-summer-electricity-outlook-improving-still-state-goal


4: https://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-periodically-replace-your-surge-protecto-1693447062


 

Wine During a Power Outage

Wine enthusiasts know how important it is to keep your wine at just the right temperature.

If your wine changes temperature for a short time, it will probably be ok.   However, during a power outage, your wine could see drastic changes in temperature in a short span of time.  That will not help your wine maintain its perfectly balanced flavor nor benefit your sensitive taste pallet that you have worked so hard to develop. So what can you do?

 

How to keep wine at a consistent temperature

When the power goes out, your wine will stay where it is and in that condition for a short time.  If the power goes out for days, or in extreme weather, you may have something to worry about if you have spent time collecting just the right collection of wine for your sophisticated taste.

 

The ambient temperature should keep for a few hours, but if the electricity is off for longer, your wine will begin to age and change temperatures.  In the heat of summer or the dead cold of winter is when power outages are most likely to occur.  However, power outages can occur at random intervals due to things as common as a squirrel.

 

If you own a wine cabinet, you may be able to add a block of ice or wrap your wine with cool towels and keep it in a cool space.  It can remain at that temperature of a couple of days provided you have a well-insulated cooling compartment.  You will need to re-ice and clean up any excessive water to keep your wine at peak condition. (source)

When the electricity goes out, it is best to protect any sensitive valuable.  You can make a contingency plan in case of a power outage, or you can plan to protect your valuable asset with an insurance policy, or even better, prevent the loss by having a standby power generator.  It is important to note that 25% of insurance claims for loss of wine come from power outages. (source)

Whole house standby power generators can turn your electricity back on automatically within 20 seconds.  That is not nearly enough time to affect your wine and should keep your valuables in perfect condition.  Then, when it is time to open the bottle to enjoy it, it will be exactly what you expect: perfect smell, perfect taste, perfect feel on your well-developed taste pallete.

If you want to protect your wine and your home, we would love to come by an give you a site assessment for a home generator.  We will maintain your generator, so no matter what mother nature throws at you to knock out power, you will have your wine collection kept in tip top shape.

Verdegy is here to help you protect your family and your valuables no matter what kind of bottle they come in.  Give us a call at 214-207-0506.

Pets During Power Outages

What you need to know about your dog or cat when the power goes out.

You may not think your dog or cat will be affected by a power outage.  After all, they can see better in the dark than we can, so everything should be fine, right?  Not exactly.  Read about how a power outage can affect your valued family member.

Pets are affected by power outages, too

First and foremost, animals pick up their cues from their owners.  Your little canine or feline may become jumpy or reactive when the power goes out because you or a family member is agitated.  If you are nervous about power outages, it’s safe to say your pet will be nervous as well.

I read a story where a pet owner’s dog was picking up alarms from other parts of the block.  The dog would jump on her head anytime a fire alarm would beep (story source).  Remember, dogs and cats can hear frequencies that you and I would never hear.  There is no telling what sounds carry when the electricity goes off in any particular area.

Caring for pets during power outages.

Temperature

 

Keep in mind that you respond to temperature changes and your pets will too.  They have become accustomed to the temperatures you set and drastic changes can affect them greatly.  If it is getting cold in your house, use a blanket or something to keep them warm as well.

Water

 

If electricity is off in your area, you will need to have water from another source.  Don’t forget about your pet as well.  You want to keep water where they can access it and make sure it is not freezing over in the winter or evaporating in the summer.

Environment

 

First, and this is vitally important, if a power line is down in your area, keep your pets in doors.  They may not know how to react and touching a downed power line could cause death.

Also, you want to make sure you keep a very similar routine for your pet.  If you typically walk them, take them out or do any other daily or weekly activity with your pet, continue to do so.  Uprooting their routines could cause undo stress.

Here are some other tips for your pets during power outages.

 

You may never have to worry again about power outages.

 

If you would like to make sure your dog or cat does not have any issues during a power outage, just avoid power outages.  While you may not be able to avoid the power going out, you can make sure it comes back on in as little as 20 seconds with a whole house power generator.  These generators are quiet and can power your entire house keep your furry family and the rest of your family safe and secure during power failures.

Verdegy is here to help you protect your family no matter how furry they may be.  Give us a call at 214-207-0506.

 

How Do Power Outages Happen?

Have you ever wondered what can knock out our power?

We all expect to plug in our devices or turn on our light switch and they just magically work.  That is not always true and if you haven’t experienced a power outage yet, you will!

If you look at the graphic here, you will see that there are three main sections of the electrical grid and those are pretty much interconnected.  If something major hit any one of these sections, it could knock out anything in the entire region.  Yes, our electrical grid is that fragile.

 

Squirrels and Cyber Criminals can knock out power

The power grid we all rely on is a pretty shaky system.  It can take something as simple as a squirrel to knock out electricity for many blocks at one time. Some say there have been more power outages made by squirrels than cyber-attacks (Business Insider), but that won’t continue to be true.  We have seen an increase of cyber-attacks in the current year. We can only expect that to continue to increase.

 

North Korea Can Knock Out Power

With the tensions of North Korea and their statements that they will attack our grid, it could knock out power for millions.  One electromagnetic pulse and our grid, as well as most of our electronics, come to a stand still. ( InHomelandSecurity)

It may not be now, it may not be this year, but we do not have any way to combat the outside influences on our fragile electrical grid system.  Anyone who would want to cripple our country or any city would just simply need to attack our electric system either with hacking, as in cyber-attackes, or EMPs.  It is sad to think that both of those possibilities exist.

 

Weather Can Knock Out Power

Who has not been made aware of the hurricanes we have seen this year?  The area around Houston and Florida had lots of power outages.  Even Puerto Rico had power knocked out and NBC News stated it could be months till they get their power on.  As of the writing of this article, Puerto Rico is over 8 days without electricity. (CNN)

It doesn’t have to be something as menacing as a hurricane.  Thunderstorms, hail and all that fun weather we get here in the DFW area knocks out neighborhoods regularly. Heck, it can be as simple as a sun flare. Just look at what happened on April 2017.  There were wide power outages due to the sun’s solar flares.  It impacted San Francisco and New York. (see source)

 

What can we do about the unstable electrical grid?

The key is PREPARATION.  We must all prepare for the inevitable without going overboard and disrupting our lives.  There are two ways to prepare.  One, prepare to wait out times without electricity. Two, prepare to have an electrical alternative.

The problem with preparing to wait for electricity to come back on is that you never know how long it can be off.  How do you prepare for a week without electricity?  How about if it lasts a month?

Depending on how much damage happens or how severe the threat, the grid can go out for a long time.  For most people, living a week without electricity will be unbearable.

Think about small children and elderly.  If it is in the dead of winter or the peak of summer, they could be in serious danger.  Sad thing is those are the times most likely to have a power outage due to the serious load on the electrical grid.

 

Preparing Alternative Electricity Solutions

Many people have started installing solar panels and wind turbines.  Those are some great systems and they help our electrical needs by saving fossil fuels.  However, the technology we have it not reliable.  They may produce some electricity, but storing it is a whole other aspect.  We don’t have time in this article to go through the reasons, but they are not reliable unless you know how to build, maintain and fix them yourself…including an integrated long-term battery system.

 

One of the best solutions is a home standby generator. 

With the advances in technology, it will not only turn on within seconds of a power outage, but it will sustain your current level of energy needs which you will not find in wind or solar power.

I know a lot of people have the idea in their head of the old ‘pull string’ gas generators.  You had to prime them, pull the string and hope the engine would kick on.  Then, you couldn’t have it indoors because the fumes could kill you.  They were loud and easy to steal.

 

Today’s home standby generators are quiet and mounted to your current electrical panel.  The install is simple for a trained technician.  There is security in knowing that whether it is squirrels, sun spots or cyber-attacks, you have the power you need at a moment’s notice.

One True Solution to Avoid Power Outages

Vedegy has partnered with Cummins Generators.  They are one of the most reliable and durable generators in the world.  We can help you assess your electrical needs and even lay out a plan for you and your loved ones.  We offer full service, hand on installation.  Plus, we a have a maintenance plan to keep your generator working for years and years to come.

You’d be surprised at the return on investment.  Not only will it increase the value of your home when you sell it, it will also save money from things like ruined food that happens during a power outage.

Give us a call at 214-207-0506 if you are in the DFW area.  We will come by and give you a free assessment based on your house and your needs.

Verdegy was featured on Good Morning Texas to show how Home Generators can help Dallas Residents

Ryan talked about the power of Cummins Home Generators for anyone in Dallas and why it is important to have back up power in the DFW area.

It aired last month, but they had the wrong graphics.  Here is the updated video.

 

Make sure to tell your friends about this great generator.  If you need one, or know anyone who does, please have them give Ryan a call at 214-207-0506


Of course, if you want to watch this program directly on Good Morning Texas, just follow this link.

 

Cummins Home Generators on Good Morning Texas

We were asked to do a special on Good Morning Texas to talk about why homeowners in Dallas would want a home generator.

On Monday June 6th it aired.  We thought you might want to see it so we are including it right here.

 

Make sure to tell your friends about this great generator.  If you need one, or know anyone who does, please have them give Ryan a call at 214-207-0506


Of course, if you want to watch this program directly on Good Morning Texas, just follow this link.

 

Emergency Sirens Hacked in Dallas.

At nearly quarter to midnight on Friday, all 156 of Dallas’ emergency alarm systems went off. They’re designed to warn citizens of the Texas city about severe storms, tornados and other dangerous weather. But there was no sign of any storms coming on the weekend. It soon emerged that hackers had set off all 156 of the outdoor warning sirens.

If the city’s emergency alarm systems were hacked, what’s to prevent the hackers from going after the power grid in the DFW area.

We are dealing with antiquated systems that are not encrypted well enough to prevent these sort of security breaches. With all international tension in the world and a global internet that connects everyone, anything could happen.

Note: The city of Dallas doesn’t know if it was hacked locally or by someone half way across the world.

How can you protect yourself the power grid going down unexpectedly for who know how long?

Get a backup generator!  Everyone should have one.  Your power will be restored to your home within seconds of an outage.  That keeps you and your family safe, comfortable and connected. It’s an unpredictable world we live in and we need to all be prepared.

I would love to help you get the right generator.  I install and maintain the best generators in Dallas and I will personally make sure you have what you need when you need it.  I’m Ryan, Owner of Verdegy Energy and Generators.  Give me a call and let’s get your home and family protected 214-207-0506.

Why a Natural Gas Backup Generator Works for Your Dallas Home

Home backup generators provide a peace of mind during a power outage. They can power up your house for days after a power outbreak by allowing your refrigerators, heating and air-conditioning systems, washing machines, televisions, computers, etc. to function in a normal manner. Furthermore, it is a good investment as it will provide you with an excellent return by mitigating the financial losses associated with power outages.

Home standby generators can run on gasoline, natural gas, or propane. Backup generators are generally costly and that’s why you need to consider the fuel sources before purchasing one. This is mostly dependent upon the location of your residence. If your home is situated on the grid, then it is a better choice to buy a natural gas home generator as you are already utilizing natural gas for the purposes of heating.

There are many benefits of investing in a natural gas generator for your Dallas home.home standby generator

·        Readily Available

Unlike oil, propane, or gasoline, natural gas is a dependable source of fuel for domestic purposes and it is always available, even if there is a natural disaster like a hurricane. The gas is supplied through a pipeline and there is no need of scheduling a gas supply.

·        It is a Clean Fuel

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, but it is the cleanest and the most energy efficient fossil fuels available. Compared to other fossil fuels like gasoline, oil, and diesel, it has no pungent odor and produces less harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur. Furthermore, natural gas generators do not produce ash, carbon, or soot, unlike gasoline generators.

·        Low Cost

Due to an increasing demand, the price of natural gas is much lower than that of gasoline, oil, or diesel. Hence, it is cheaper to run and maintain a natural gas backup generator than a gasoline or an oil powered generator.

·        It is Much Safer

Natural gas is non-toxic in nature; even if you inhale a small amount, no major health risks are associated with it. On the other hand, gasoline, oil, and diesel can prove to be harmful if inhaled and can pose a serious threat to your health. Gas generators have low emissions and there is no soot or ash produced as a by-product.

However as a safety precaution, when a gas generator is installed, the dealer adds an odorant to the gas since it is odorless. If there is a leak, the gas can be detected through the odorant and the necessary measures can be undertaken.

·        No Storage Costs

Natural gas doesn’t need to be stored like oil, diesel, or gasoline. It is supplied to the generator directly through the pipeline. Hence, no extra costs are associated with storing natural gas. Additionally, natural gas does not go bad like gasoline if it is stored in a cylinder.