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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What happens to aquariums when the power goes out?
Power outages can drastically affect your delicate aquarium environment. Are you prepared?
If power is only out for a short time, you may be OK if you have a large enough tank, the right environment and minimal fish. However, what happens if the power goes out for longer than an hour or two?
It is a harsh reality that aquariums need electricity to function. Power runs things like the lights, air pumps, powerheads, skimmers, feeders, etc. All of these things work together to create a healthy environment for your fish. When those things do not have power, your fish will suffer. We all want healthy, happy fish and in order to attain that, we need to have proper power.
Many tanks can last for an hour, but larger or well stocked aquariums can have considerable problems after just one hour. With oxygen levels and temperature changes your fish will be in stress quite quickly. Not to mention the buildup of toxins and harmful bacteria that can happen.
Some say adding a portable generator will help, but you can not expect to be at the house each time a power outage happens. That is why having a standby home generator can be very beneficial for protection your fish.
What happens to your aquarium when power goes out?
There are two major changes that can drastically affect your fish.
- Oxygen levels decrease
- Temperature changes
Either of these events by themselves can hurt your fish, but together they can be detrimental to the fragile system you have created in your aquarium. Fish thrive in consistent and stable environments. Without additional measures, your entire ecosystem can become dangerous to your fish in a matter of a couple of hours.
For temperature changes, you can add warm water or ice as needed, but these must be done very carefully. Little changes and constant monitoring are crucial.
Here’s a helpful tip from Rank My Tank: To minimize heat loss, cover your tank with a blanket to trap in as much heat as possible. Make sure you unplug your lighting system before you cover the tank with a blanket because certain lighting systems might pose a fire hazard if they come back on while the tank is covered. (source)
For oxygen, plants can help, but when the power is out so are the lights that are powering the plant (no pun intended). Plants need light in order to function properly and they will quickly stop producing in a darkened environment.
What about my salt water aquarium in a power outage? Isn’t it safer?
Saltwater aquariums may actually have a few more issues to worry about because of their particular environment. I am not an expert, so let me defer to The Spruce:
“There are certain functions in a saltwater aquarium which are essential for its survival: gas exchange and water movement. Even the most sensitive corals in a reef tank can survive for days without intense light, but the viability of fish, invertebrates, corals and beneficial bacteria deteriorates rapidly without a reasonable supply of oxygen.
This being the case, in the event of a power failure, the primary objective (both short and long term) for the aquarist is to supply oxygen to the tank and move water (even periodically) about in the tank. This is bare bones survival and some of your tank’s filtration systems (wet/dry trickle, canister filter) will not be functioning. The nitrifying bacteria which resides in the tank (on the live rock, tanks walls, etc.) will live and continue to process ammonia, nitrites and nitrates if O2 is supplied at least periodically. (source)
How to prepare for a power outage:
First step is making sure your tank will not leak with a helpful simple test:
One of the first things every aquarium owner should do after setting up their tank and before adding any fish is to simulate a power outage. By turning off all of the power for several minutes, you can check your plumbing to make sure you do not have any water siphoning back that could drain your tank. When you start your tank back up, you can make sure that the pumps and other equipment will function properly. If your equipment does not perform adequately, now is the time to make changes, before you add your fish. (source)
You also want to make sure to unplug your filter. Filters contain agents you don’t want coming back into your water and you don’t want to have a water leakage. “Another reason to unplug your filters is because harmful toxins can buildup in your filter if your power is off for a long period of time. These toxins include ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.” (source)
Second, do not feed your fish during a power outage.
Feeding your fish can produce waste. That waste will make a great impact on the quality of your water, especially since the water circulation will not be active. You may not know this, but most fish can go 3-5 days without food so there is no reason to worry about not feeding them for a couple of days.
Third, find a legitimate power source for power outages
If your power is out for more than a couple of hours you want to restore the environment for your fish as quickly as possible. You may have enough time to run to your local home improvement store to find a power generator . . .that is if they power goes out at a convenient time.
Many power outages happen in inconvenient times. Having a solution at hand will be your best option. You can pre-purchase a solution rather is a power generator or a battery pack. Either way, you will need to be present to start these items up and make sure they are maintained properly.
The BEST solution is to have a power source you don’t have to think about. You have worked hard to create just the right aquarium for your home and the perfect environment for your fish. Having a home standby generator gives you peace of mind that if the power goes out, in a matter of seconds it is automatically restored without you having to think about it.
At Verdegy, we have committed to the highest quality of Cummins generators. Usually in 10-20 seconds these whole house stand by generators will start your electricity back up as if nothing ever happened. Imaging the time and money you will save when you don’t have to worry about your aquarium when the power goes out.
There are much more we can talk about when power goes out, but we want to offer you a free consultation. If you live in the DFW area, we will come out and assess your needs to make sure you are prepares when power outages happen. In North Texas, it is not a matter of if your power goes out, but when. Give us a call at 214-207-0506 and let us help you keep your aqarium healthy and your fish happy.
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.
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.
Of course, if you want to watch this program directly on Good Morning Texas, just follow this link.
We live in an unreliable world with unreliable electric power grids that can break down anytime, causing inconveniences for almost everybody. Despite the advancements in technology, there are still power outages which can be either unexpected or expected. That depends on the situation. Extreme weather changes are major contributors to power outages.
If you are living in Dallas which is prone to thunderstorms and hailstorms, you might as well have a backup home generator, so that you are provided with an uninterrupted supply of power in emergency circumstances. But not just any generator, a Cummins home generator.
But why Cummins? Cummins home generators are durable, sturdy, rugged, and dependable; they give the best electrical and mechanical performance. Cummins has always been synonymous with power, strength, quality, and durability.
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.
Home generators offered by Cummins are the best for residential applications and if you are wondering here are a few reasons why
The great thing about Cummins generators is the fact that provide you with a performance that is unrivalled by any other generator. For example, in terms of electrical performance, Cummins generators can swiftly transfer an electric load within 10 seconds during a power outage. Furthermore, the alternator is brushless for stronger performance.
Cummins home generators have a sleek and compact design; this allows them to be lightweight as compared to its competitors. The design is reliable, versatile, and efficient.
Highest Quality Components
Cummins manufactures generators using strict quality control methods and guidelines. All components are produced with the highest quality of standards and assembled together painstakingly using meticulous processes.
If you are worried about waking up your neighbors, don’t be. With Cummins innovative design, your residential backup generator will be as quiet as a mouse. This is due to the double enclosure that has been enveloped around the main generator which shields away the noise produced. The enclosure has a design that attenuates sound.
Cummins residential generators are extremely rugged and tough; the enclosure around them can withstand wind speeds of up to 150 mph and they will operate normally even when the temperature falls to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cummins residential generators provide outstanding fuel economy due to their innovative, smart, and compact design. They can be run on propane, natural gas, lean-burn gas, and diesel.
Thanks to the advanced technology incorporated by Cummins, their home generators can perform a self-diagnosis to monitor its own functions and performance.
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.
· 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.
Many people consider emergency backup solutions like a home standby generator as a luxury; however, it is something crucial and even a necessity especially if you live in an area prone to frequent power outbreaks like here in Dallas. With all of our Texas thunderstorms, there can be a power outage for days when a severe storm hits and it becomes extremely difficult to perform even the most basic house chores.
On top of that, you can incur hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars in damage. You might need to replace the food that has gone bad or you may need to temporarily shift yourself and your family into a hotel or a motel. There are many benefits of buying a home emergency generator.
· Uninterrupted Supply
The basic function of a backup generator is to provide a steady supply of electrical power. Hence, a good house standby generator utilizes an automatic sensing switch that detects the loss of power and instantly switches on the generator. The supply is seamless and uninterrupted.
· Peace of Mind
With an emergency backup solution, you don’t have to worry about spending the night in total darkness nor worry about the food in your refrigerator. You can run your air-conditioning or heating system, washing machine/dryer, lights, television, computer, cell phone charger, etc.
· An Excellent Return on Your Investment
Although the initial cost of purchasing and installing a house backup generator is high, it proves to be cost-effective in the long run. In cases of extreme power outages, a backup generator will prevent your food from getting spoiled, thereby allowing you to save hundreds of dollars.
· They Are Easily Managed
Most home backup generators conduct self-diagnosis and provide an updated status about its state, such as oil change time, low fuel indicators, etc. Some of them can be controlled through the internet. These generators are designed to run for days after a power outage.
· Different Sizes Available
Home emergency generators are available in different power ratings which can run an entire house or just the vital section. For example, 7 to 12 kilowatt units can power up to 16 loads, while 20 to 48 kilowatt units can power the entire house.
· Automatic Isolation
The best thing about an emergency backup solution is that it isolates your house from the utility lines when the power fails. The sudden loss of power can cause voltage spikes, surges, and brownouts which can damage your appliances.
Similarly when the power returns, the backup generator will not transfer the power back to the utility till the voltage is stabilized. This is because low voltages, surges, and severe voltage fluctuation can damage your electrical appliances.
· Permanent Installation
A house backup generator is installed on a concrete pad outside your home and it is often permanent. There are no extension cords or cables that need to be run from the generator to your house. In the event of a natural disaster, you don’t have to come up with a backup plan for your energy needs and the generator operates smoothly and safely.