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Prepare Your Generator for Power Outages

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Power outages are never fun. Owning a generator is a great way to avoid discomfort and stress in power outages. Having a backup power source will keep your home at a comfortable temperature and prevent food in your refrigerator from spoiling. You won't have to fumble around in the dark with flashlights. If you have a home alarm or security system, a generator can keep it operating, so that you stay safe even during a blackout. If you have medical equipment, a generator is definitely critical. Be sure to maintain and care for your generator, so it will be available and in working condition in case emergency strikes.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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