Is a Generator Worth the Cost?

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If your area experiences frequent power outages, you may be trying to decide if a generator would be beneficial for your home. If you’re thinking about buying a generator, check out some pros and cons of portable vs permanent generators below.

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5 Common Causes of Power Outages

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Power outages occur fairly often, but that doesn't make them any less frustrating. There are many different reasons for a power outage occurrence. Keep reading to check out the most common reasons the lights go out in your home.

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The Evolution of Fiber Optic Tech

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Fiber cable is a network communication cable that is made up of strands of glass fiber inside an insulating casing, which is designed for long distance, high performance data networking, and telecommunications.

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3 Tips for Protecting Your Technology During a Power Outage

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A power outage can be harmful to the technology and appliances located in your home. Though the lack of power does not damage electronic devices, the sudden absence of it and the hard shutdown of devices can cause irreparable damage and the inability to restart technology such as desktop computers, gaming systems, refrigerators, and other devices and appliances located inside the home. However, by following important preparations before, during, and after a power outage, you can better protect your technology from damage during a sudden outage or surge.

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4 Power Outage Safety Tips

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As most power outages occur with little to no warning, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared at all times. A power outage can be caused by both human and natural factors, including wildlife. Among the common factors include squirrels, storms, earthquakes, lightning, high power demand, deep digging, trees, and many more. In order to up your game for power outage preparation and safety, check out these tips below.

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Why Pest Control Companies Should Add Critter Guard Products to Their Arsenal

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With more and more people staying indoors in recent weeks, homeowners and renters alike are turning to home repair and decoration projects to help pass the time. However, these projects might be derailed when they discover the emergence of pests in and around their homes. Creatures like squirrels, mice, and other critters can make their way into homes by chewing through roofs. In the coming weeks, pest control companies will be busier than ever, making it vital that they keep the very best products within easy reach. Some of these products include Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems, which can be used to help deter and prevent squirrels and other critters from accessing roofs. Keep reading to check out why pest control companies should add our products to their arsenal.

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Protect Your Solar Panels with Critter Guard

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Squirrels and other critters can wreak havoc on many different types of electrical systems, including your home’s solar panels. Fortunately, our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems are designed to help prevent squirrels’ access to your roof, protecting your solar panels and your power.

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Staying Connected During COVID-19

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The internet has become an essential part of daily life for most Americans in recent years, but COVID-19 has made having consistent, reliable internet access even more crucial. The coming weeks and months may be the worst possible time for squirrels, birds, or other critters to cause power outages. Fortunately, our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can prevent the majority of connectivity problems caused by animals.

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4 Must-Have Home Pest Control Products

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Pests are an unfortunate fact of life for many homeowners. Even if you keep your home immaculate, the likelihood that you will have to deal with pests at some point is inevitable. Still, there are ways to deal with them quickly and efficiently when they do decide to show up. Check out these four must-have home pest control products that you should keep in your arsenal.

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Is Your Business Prepared for a Power Outage?

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Every year, thousands of businesses experience power outages. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 70% of businesses will experience a power outage in the next year. Power outages hinder operations and can be a serious financial burden. Due to the frequency of power outages, it is important businesses have proper procedures in place for the event of a power outage. Check out this general guideline to have ready in case your business experiences a power outage.

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Protect Your Power This Spring with Critter Guard

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Spring brings new beginnings and new life each year. While the spring season tends to bring rejuvenation, it can also bring some unwanted stress and headaches. One of these potential headaches is damage to overhead power lines. The spring season is known for bringing about more power outages due to both weather and wildlife. From powerful spring storms to newborn squirrels and other wildlife, your power lines can take a real beating during the spring months.

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Protect Your Home from Opossums with Critter Guard

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Opossums appear to be harmless. These nocturnal animals waddle around from place to place looking for insects, snails, and berries to eat. A mother opossum will carry a whole litter around on her back trying desperately to keep her little ones safe. They are very agile, solitary animals and world-class tree climbers.

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Improving the Safety of Utility Workers

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Repairing damaged power lines can be a dangerous job. Although the repairs utility workers make are essential, many types of damage are preventable. Taking steps to keep your neighborhood squirrels, snakes, and other critters from damaging your power lines in the first place is safer and more efficient than having them repaired.

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Protect Your Home from Critters with Humane Pest Control Products

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Rodents and other wildlife are often the cause of broken power lines and blackouts to your home or neighborhood. Your public utility company must then send out a crew to find the break, repair, and reconnect the lines. This can take hours, even days in bad weather.

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Best Ways to Ensure Power Outage Safety

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Power outages can be quite the inconvenience, especially when they strike at unexpected times. While there are many causes of power outages, the two most common causes are weather and animal interference. Depending on the extent of damage, a power outage can last for a few hours, days, or even a month. Keep reading to check out a few preparation tips to take in order to stay safe during power outages.

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Prevent Critters from Accessing Substations

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Stability in your commercial and residential electric service is of the utmost importance. Customers and homeowners often take electricity for granted, never questioning where the power lines that supply that all-important commodity lead. Understanding the elements of your local power grid is essential so that you can better protect power in your area. One of the most important components in your town or county's power grid is a substation.

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Keeping Triplex Overhead Cables Protected with Critter Guard

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The various types of cables found across substations and power lines are diversified. One of the most common but critical types of cable is the Triplex overhead cable that is essential to carrying power but often left vulnerable for damage. Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard products are designed to help keep these cables protected.

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3 Unexpected Costs of Power Outages to Homeowners

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When the power goes out, it can lead to some fairly expected costs. Your food can go bad (unless it's cold enough outside you can store it in the garage), your medicine can spoil, and if you happen to work at home you can lose out on days of productivity. However, there are other costs that come with power outages, costs you might not think about when you're putting candles and matches on the top shelf of the pantry just in case.

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Keep Squirrels Away from Your Electrical Wires

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Squirrels may look cute. They may even be entertaining as they chase each other through the trees. But those treetop antics can quickly lead squirrels to finding their way onto power lines and your roof, potentially damaging your home and your wiring. Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard products can help protect your home and power from squirrels and other wildlife.

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The Difference Between Power and Distribution Transformers

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Transformers are primarily used to change voltages to serve different functions within the electrical system. Two types of transformers include power transformers and distribution transformers. Several distinct characteristics separate power transformers from distribution transformers, with the main differences dependent on specific features like the type of network used, location of installation, and voltage capacity.

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