Posts Categorised: Commercial Generator
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.
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
Businesses, whether they are startups, small or medium-sized or large corporations, need to be able to deliver efficient and effective results and solutions on time to their customers. That’s because customers are the real reason behind any business’s success; if they aren’t able to do so for any reason, they will lose customers and eventually, sales will reduce.
Power outages are becoming increasingly common due to a variety of factors that have made the electric grid unreliable. In the city of Dallas, thunderstorms and hailstorms are the major reason for blackouts. Therefore, just like homes require a backup power supply system, businesses and commercial properties need to incorporate one too in their premises.
Sudden loss of power can cause disruptions in the day-to-day business operations, resulting in loss of time, productivity, and hence, customers. Furthermore, businesses can lose important data like accounts, finance, etc. Let’s take a look at how a commercial generator can be beneficial for your business establishment.
The Operation is Seamless
The customer is the heart of your business; hence, it is of utmost importance that you are able to produce and deliver high quality solutions on time to ensure customer satisfaction and retention, and to boost your revenue. But what if the power goes out in the middle of the day and it doesn’t come back on for about 2 hours?
Not only will you lose precious time, you will lose your reputation and credibility and you might even end up losing your customer. On the flipside, if you have an industrial power generator for your industry or business, you can continue with your daily operations normally and avoid an embarrassing situation. Generators are able to provide a constant electrical supply for your machinery, equipment, computers, etc.
Protection Against Voltage Surges, Spikes, Etc.
Due to weather anomalies such as thunderstorms or hurricanes, severe form of voltage surges, spikes, brownouts, etc. can develop in power lines which can damage vital equipment. For a business, equipment like scanners, fax machines, photocopiers, computers, cloud devices, network devices, routers, switches, servers, industrial machinery, etc. are crucial.
If such machinery and equipment get damaged, it will need replacement or repairs, thus increasing your running costs unnecessarily. Industrial generators can protect such equipment against voltage fluctuations, spikes, brownouts, surges, etc. thereby, mitigating unnecessary expenses.
Receive Peace of Mind
Running a business is no easy task; the constant pressure of ensuring everything runs smooth and steady coupled with the added stress of losing vital data during power outages can take a toll on your health. By investing in a commercial generator, you will have peace of mind knowing that your data is safe and secure and in case of a power outage, your business will still be able to deliver results on time.
When you are running a company in Dallas, you know that meeting crucial project deadlines is a vital factor of determining the generation of revenue. In any business, productivity and profits are influenced by the amount of time it takes to get the work done. However, during unfortunate circumstances such as a power breakdown, precious time is lost which causes a subsequent loss in revenue and productivity. Additionally, power outages are harmful to the equipment and machinery used in an industry.
In such cases, it is better to invest in a commercial backup generator like a Cummins industrial generator to provide your industry with an uninterrupted supply of electrical power. Cummins generators are sturdy, dependable, and rugged; they offer the best mechanical and electrical performance. Cummins has always been synonymous with strength, power, durability, and quality.
Founded in the year 1910, Cummins manufactured its first diesel generator in 1919. During the Second World War, they provided allied forces with heavy duty engines and also supplied power to the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
Commercial generators offered by Cummins are the best for industrial and commercial applications and if you are wondering why, here are a few reasons.
In terms of electrical performance, Cummins industrial generators are revolutionary. Not only do they provide high performance, but they can seamlessly transfer an electrical load in a matter of a few seconds; 10 seconds to be exact.
Cummins decided to take their existing high range commercial and industrial generators and redesign them to be more efficient, versatile, and reliable.
Cummins manufactures its home and industrial generators using strict guidelines and quality control methods. Their commercial generators are assembled and developed utilizing the highest of quality components which are innovate as well. The process of assembly is painstaking, thorough, and meticulous.
Cummins industrial generators possess an excellent fuel economy due to their sleek and smart design. Additionally, they are built to occupy less space and they provide constant and seamless functionalities. Their generators run on propane, diesel, natural gas, and lean-burn gas.
This is mostly because Cummins improves its production quality by implementing enhanced training techniques and methods. This results in better, more reliable, and quieter generators all over the world. The good thing about Cummins is that they have a single source for accountability, service, and support.
Complete Set of Equipment
Industrial generators come with different equipment and as such, Cummins commercial generators come with switchgear paralleling, automatic transfer switches, low-range and high-range generation sets, networking hardware and software, and digital controls for monitoring and control.
Plethora of Applications
Cummins industrial generators have many different commercial and industrial applications such as factories, offices, telecom, hospitals, mining, hotels, retirement facilities, and sports facilities. They come in different power capacities, ranging from 10 kilowatts to 2700 kilowatts.
Cummins commercial generators feature a host of advanced functions like utility peaking plants, peak shaving, peak lopping, distributed generation, and power management facilities, especially for industrial and commercial complexes. Moreover, they have lower emissions and are made according to NFPA rules and regulations.
Your Dallas Commercial Generator Questions ANSWERED!
We get lots of questions from business owners about Commercial generators. How does it look? Will installation affect my business? What is the ROI?
We created a video to help answer all of your questions:
By the way, someone asked what a commercial generator looks like at a business location, so below is a photo of one of our installs.
We make every effort to help your new commercial generator blend in with your business. For instance, in our most recent installation, we created a wall and covered it with materials to match the building.
I’m Ryan Rendleman of Verdegy. If you have any questions, just let me know.
Call 214-207-0506 for a free estimate for your Dallas commercial generator.