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Predicting Power Outages Using a "Squirrel" Method?

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Squirrels: those cute, little furry critters! Some say they're adorable, but they can wreak havoc on power grids by damaging and chewing through electrical wires. These creatures, along with many other potential causes of power outages, were the points of focus in a three-year study done at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Researchers designed an algorithm to predict causes of major long-term blackouts and possible catastrophic shutdowns of utility companies. The name of this study? "Squirrel"!

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Nutty Squirrels and Rodents Threatening Your Power Supply

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Rodents on the Grid

In the heart of the city, on your hike in the woods, or in your very own backyard, squirrels are seemingly ubiquitous. These small critters are well-adapted to numerous locales across the country and the world. Did you know they are also the cause of a whopping 10-20% of power outages annually? Critter Guard offers humane protection from these 100% preventable events.

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Home Insurance Coverage for Pest Damage

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When looking at home insurance options, most homeowners want to know that they cover the basics. They want policies to cover them in the event of a fire, a flood, vandalism or burglary, high wind damages, and more. You can usually find an insurance company and customize a policy that covers those things. However, there is one disaster that almost no home insurance policy will cover, and it is also one of the most common things to cause damage that home and business owners often neglect to consider. You should search for coverage for pest damage, though many insurance companies don't cover it. Instead, look to preventative measures with Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems.

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Dictating Factors of Costs of Power Outages

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Power interruptions have cost implications to both consumers and power utility companies. Hence, companies in the energy industry need to establish and know the actual cost of power outages, for blackouts affect their operations and reputation as well. Additionally, companies should know how to protect themselves from equipment damage with Critter Guard systems to keep up operations. Power outages are a nuisance and affect many parties. Here are the factors to consider to truly understand the impacts of power failures.

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