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Your Emergency Plan for a Winter Power Outage

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There are many reasons why you might experience a power outage in the winter, from heavily iced lines to frantic squirrels and rodents running about looking to stay warm. Either way, you must know what to do and be prepared to handle a power failure! An outage any time of the year isn't nearly as dangerous as it is during the winter. While you might experience the loss of some refrigerated or frozen foods any other time of year, the wintertime presents you with another problem: staying warm.

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Predicting Power Outages Using a "Squirrel" Method?

electrical line truss in evening

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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Protect Different Types of Building Insulation

wall insulation around window frame

Insulation is used in building homes and commercial spaces to maintain comfort and protect building material integrity. They are key to building structures, but they are susceptible to damage, like from critters and rodents. Insulation is found in the ceiling of your attic, the attic floor, and in the walls of the structure. Additionally, insulation may be used on fixtures, like extra pipe wrap insulation may be used around water pipes and heating ducts. Insulation must resist heat flow, which is measured with an R-value. The higher the R-value, the higher the resistance, making a more effective insulation.

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Dangers of Power Lines

lightning across dark blue sky above home, tree, fence, and power lines

While many power lines now sit below ground, those above still pose significant risks. Not only are power lines susceptible to critters, like squirrels, causing outages that leave you powerless, but they are also dangerous. While Critter Guard systems can prevent power outages that impact your home or business, awareness and caution will help you avoid the dangers of power lines.

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Adopting a Smart Grid

cityscape at night with network node connection graphics in sky

The demand for clean energy is increasing every day as the appetite for electricity from various households and establishments swells. Replacing the conventional electrical grid with a smart grid is critical towards the long-term provision of clean energy, for the latter allows automatic devices, consumers, and operators to monitor consumption in real-time and better understand their need for energy.

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