Protecting Your Transformer and Electrical System

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A local electrical system is extremely important, for it helps to ensure all members of a community have access to power throughout the day. While electricity helps to provide us with plenty of comfort in our daily lives, it is also extremely valuable and necessary for medical services and proper emergency response. One of the most important components of any public electrical system is the transformer. A transformer typically sits at the top of a power pole and is typically responsible for stepping the high voltages used for transmission down to the lower voltages used by homes and businesses.  Keeping the transformer safe and operational is critical. While most transformers are very reliable, one of the biggest hazards they all face is the risk of being damaged by squirrels and other animals. Fortunately, it is possible to protect an electrical system from critters with our various systems.

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Prepare Your Emergency Preparedness Kit for Power Outages and Other Disasters

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Emergency situations like tornadoes, floods or snowstorms can cause power outages. Even squirrels and rodents tampering with utility lines can cause power failures. When these happen, you want to be prepared for yourself and your family. Here are some tips for getting through an outage.

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Power Substation Costs: Invest in Protection!

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Power substations are the backbone of a community’s power source. Without them, there would be no facilitator for energy, no voltage, no transmission, just no energy. Something so vital to our daily lives deserves the best, high quality equipment to keep it running smoothly by protecting it from damage from critters. How much equipment are we protecting? These are some important parts for a substation to run properly to feed your home and business power.

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Important Inspection Observations for Utility Companies

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We need our energy. Our day to day lives have made it so that without electricity, we'll hardly be able to get by. As a result, power companies must be meticulous and thorough regarding their inspections of utility poles, power lines, and substations to protect both the public and maintenance workers from harm. Consider these items inspectors should look out for when assessing the functionality of substations. 

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Three Tips to Keep Your Team Safe Around Overhead Electrical Lines

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Overhead electrical lines can carry up to 700,000 volts, but it only takes a couple hundred volts for overhead lines to be deadly. According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (ELCOSH), electrocutions are the fourth leading cause of death among construction workers in the US, and an average of 143 construction workers are killed each year by contact with electricity. Overhead electrical line safety needs to be made a priority for any home or business owner. Take caution with these three tips to keep your team and loved ones safe when dealing with overhead electrical lines.

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Green Ways to Use Energy

Green Ways to Use Energy

Going green is more than just a trend, and it seems to be an inevitable part of a growing, changing energy landscape. Solar panels and energy-efficient bulbs are two of the most common green ways to use energy, but there are other less popular alternatives that will do good the planet.

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Homeowner Safety Tips: Living With Power Lines on or Near Your Property

While it is totally up to you whether you buy a house with high-frequency power lines nearby, there aren't many homeowners who would choose to live without electricity. The wires and cables that heat and cool homes and keep residents "connected" may not be aesthetically beautiful, but they are necessary.

Basically, because the utilities that make life easier must be brought to your house either underground or overhead,

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Costliness of Power Outages to You as a Home Owner

Costliness of Power Outages to You as a Home Owner

We've all experienced a power outage at one time or another. Maybe it was during that thunderstorm, where you had to light some candles and break out the board games. Or that one winter where there was so much snow and ice that it took your provider two days to get the power back on. Surprisingly, outages also occur frequently when critters make their way onto and do damage to power lines, utility poles, and electrical substations. Whenever a power outage happens, though, homeowners run the risk of losses, and not just missing their favorite shows on TV or missing a day or two of work, but actual costs.

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5 Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home

5 Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home

Solar power has come a long way since its discovery, and it seems like every year the technology to harness it grows more efficient. The number of rooftop solar panels is still growing among homeowners, and as the costs of installation drop, the rate of adoption goes up. If you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, you could surely benefit in one way or another.

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3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

We've all had to deal with power outages before, and they can range from the mildly irritating to the disastrous. However, the better prepared you are for outages, the less impact they'll have on you. Consider the following equipment and precautionary steps to keep your home safe and your day as smooth as possible.

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Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Thousands of homes lose electrical power every year due to squirrels, birds, and other small animals. Thousands more risk unwanted visitors to their homes due to roof access from existing service lines. While losing power on a warm day is mostly annoying for losing air conditioning, it is downright dangerous in cold weather from losing heat. Utility companies can face outages due to extreme weather in many forms and are generally ready for such phenomena, but a bird or small animal follows no predictable pattern for which the companies can prepare. When you frequently lose power or you have unwanted residents in your attic, though resolution and power restoration is imperative, it is smarter to prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

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Home Maintenance to Stop Roof Access by Pests

Home Maintenance to Stop Roof Access by Pests

Pests of all kinds can cause an abundance of problems to roofs, including scratches, waste build-up, gnaw-marks, and other damage. Keeping rodents, birds, and insects away from a rooftop is best. Take these simple maintenance steps to aid in keeping your roof pest-free.

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Protect Your Solar Power Investment

Protect Your Solar Power Investment

You have gone solar. Congratulations! It's a really good choice that provides you with greater energy independence and substantial savings. It also makes a real difference in the quality of the air we all breathe. Those panels also represent a substantial investment. Though they save you a lot over time, you have spent a good bit on them, and they have greatly increased the value of your home. The last thing you want is to have to replace them because of critter damage. In fact, you could spend months wondering why your power production has gone down before discovering the damage. 

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Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Damage to electrical equipment caused by squirrels is expensive. Preventing squirrels from accessing transformers, substations and pole mounted switches can reduce the amount of money being spent on having equipment repaired and replaced. 

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Prepare for the Unexpected: Power Outages

Prepare for the Unexpected Power Outages

As a homeowner, be proud of the beautiful home you've established but also be prepared for whatever is thrown at you. While you never predict squirrels and rodents to invade the comfort of your home, you might be more aware of the possibility of a power outage, whether temporary or longer-lasting.

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Preventing Critter Access to Your Home

Preventing Critter Access to Your Home

There are two times during the year when critters are likely to find a way into your home, get comfortable, and claim a part of it as their own; Fall when the weather gets cool and Spring when it gets warm again as they pop out of hiding from the cold season. Once squirrels and critters are inside your home and hunkered down for the winter, they can reproduce like crazy. Preventing access to your home is the best defense against a full out infestation.

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Affordable Pest Prevention

Affordable Pest Prevention

Critter Guard’s power utility products offer quality and affordable pest control solutions to both homeowners and utility companies. Our Line Guard and Pole Guard are innovative animal mitigation systems that focus on a "no access" approach to prevent squirrel- and rodent-perpetrated power outages. Critter Guard has a defensive, preventive focus with the use of barriers and rollers to safely deter squirrels from getting access to power lines and utilities. How do they work?

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A Lasting, Robust System to Protect Your Utility Lines and Poles

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If critters have been destroying the utility poles and power lines in your area, and a non-intrusive solution is needed to protect the structures, Critter Guard’s products are the ideal solution. Critter Guard offers utilities our Line Guard and Pole Guard products, providing high performance from our patented design, quality resins, and efficient manufacturing process. These defensive guards prevent squirrels from climbing up poles to cause problems, and stop rodents from damaging the reachable overhead electrical lines. Not only are Critter Guard guards highly effective, but they are built with durable, well-engineered materials to last for years to come.

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Squirrels in the Attic: Harmless Nuisance or Dangerous Vermin

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Despite the trouble they cause, a lot of people still see squirrels as cute, fluffy animals. People even leave food out for squirrels and watch them eat with their cute little paws. On the other hand, others seem to get raging mad, sometimes wielding pellet guns at squirrels who steal from bird feeders or create messes around the house. Whether you think they're cute or a menace, squirrel activity inside your home can be a problem. Squirrels build little nests outside, but eventually, they begin looking for warmer places inside to cozy up, and your attic will seem like a comfy, toasty option.

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Prevent Squirrel Damage to Substations

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Curiosity killed the cat. Unfortunately, it kills the squirrel too when it makes contact with high voltage conductors inside a substation. That is usually what happens after it climbs up power lines and makes its way inside. Often, that is the cause of a power outage in people’s home.

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