How to Prepare for Hurricane Ian

<strong>How to Prepare for Hurricane Ian</strong>
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The hurricane season has peaked in Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean. In recent weeks, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were both severely affected by Hurricane Fiona, causing structural damage and power outage in several areas. This week, however, weather turbulence is heading to Florida. According to various sources, Ian is now a category three hurricane with winds reaching up to 125 mph as it crosses over northern Cuba. While there isn’t an exact method to prevent a storm, there are ways to mitigate potential damages and prioritize your safety. Consider the following tips if you live in an area that the models’ project could potentially get affected by Hurricane Ian: 

  • Stockpile nonperishable food and water — Have one gallon of water per person per day (a three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply for home). Consider freezing bottles of water to repurpose later. Plan to have a manual can opener and enough food for the entire family. 
  • Make or purchase ice and coolers — If you have enough warning, make or purchase ice so you can pack some of your perishable food in coolers to preserve it. (A refrigerator will only maintain its internal temperature for about four hours, a freezer for about 48 hours.)
  • Buy flashlights and extra batteries — A device that can provide light other than your cell phone is ideal during a blackout. Flashlights can be used for safety if you need to move around at night but use them sparingly. Make sure you have enough for every family member.
  • Keep mobile phones charged and gas tanks full — Your phones and your vehicles are your lifelines to the outside world. If you have an EV, make sure it’s fully charged.
  • Practice manually opening garage doors — If you need to drive somewhere, you first need to be able to get your car out of the garage.
  • Plan for medications that require refrigeration — You may need to store them in a cooler like your refrigerated food until the power returns.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups — Place them in central locations on every floor so that you are immediately alerted if any carbon monoxide gets into the home.
  • Invest in a whole-home standby generator — It is ideal to have a whole-house generator readily available in anticipation of a hurricane. Homeowners must know a generator installation is not a do-it-yourself (DIY) project—several factors to consider, such as wiring, adhering to local zones, and safety measures. More importantly, a backup generator will keep your most essential amenities running if the power goes out, reducing the need to vacate unless state officials advise otherwise. 

As we monitor and navigate the potential outcomes of Hurricane Ian, we wish everyone to stay safe and remind our customers not to hesitate to reach out to us. Our expertly trained technicians at Complete Power Resources leverage their experience to ensure each generator is installed correctly. For more safety hurricane tips, visit the national hurricane center: https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

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The Power of CPR — The Local Winter Garden

This story will appear in the August 2022 issue of the Local Winter Garden Magazine.

Complete Power Resources has it what it takes to keep Winter Garden running through the stormy season.

The Power of CPR — The Local Winter Garden

Power outages have become as Floridian as oranges and vacations, but they’re not nearly as much fun. And not surprisingly, natural disasters account for many of those power interruptions—can you say “hurricanes”? Every year, hurricane season in Florida comes with its share of crossed fingers, prayers, and panicked rushes to purchase and install generators. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 80% of major power outages are due to severe storms, affecting 15 million households yearly. Other causes of power outages may arise due to local utility companies’ maintenance and other random events. We at Complete Power Resources want to change that. We provide our customers with suitable backup power systems to prevent interruptions during power outages. Complete Power Resources is a Thermo King of the Southeast subdivision specializing in sales, service, and installation of residential and commercial standby generator systems. We are located right here in Winter Garden and are an authorized dealer for all the major national generator brands.

Peace of mind

Hurricane season runs from the start of June through the end of November. ’Tis the season, as they say, and this season, why not go ahead and do what you’ve thought about year after year? Install a generator in your home or business before the storm clouds gather so the lights stay on, the oven continues cooking, your medical equipment and C-PAP machines function, and your heat or AC keeps running for optimum comfort.

Light commercial & healthcare benefit

In healthcare, one aspect that remains constant is a facility’s capacity to provide clients with a comfortable and reliable environment that keeps power-reliant tools running. Those criteria tie back to having electricity 24/7, which is non-negotiable for some facilities, depending on the niche. Our light commercial fleet has best-in-class standby generators to keep small doctors’ offices, labs, and boutique pharmacies equipped with backup power systems to fight against potential blackouts.

Professional installation

Don’t wait for the big box stores to come to your rescue. They may only have one or two brands to choose from—Complete Power Resources has them all. Those stores may even say they can provide installation. But likely, that will be hit or miss with whichever subcontractors are available at the time. At Complete Power Resources, our technicians are factory-authorized and certified to install and service every brand we sell. That’s all they do. We handle the permits with the designated county, prepare the foundations, install the systems, test them, and train our customers from start to finish.

Service packages that save you money

To keep our systems in peak form year-round, most of our customers opt for a service plan that’s a hassle-free way to be sure your generator turns on when the power goes out. Our certified technicians perform a variety of safety and reliability checks at regular intervals on:

• Fuel and Oil Levels

• Fuel and Oil Age

• Unit Wiring

• Physical Inspection of Unit

• And Unit Environment Inspection

Your backup power system will perform its self-tests, but routine maintenance on your system just once a year will help ensure that it works when you need it.

Special options

Another advantage to working with Complete Power Resources is the choice of options we can bring to your installation to add to your experience. We guide our customers to choose power solutions that suit their preferences, such as quiet packages (Did you know liquid-cooled generators run much quieter?), friendly financing through a partnership with Synchrony Bank, and Load Management Systems that save you money by prioritizing when to power high-wattage items like your AC, oven, and dryer.

Briggs and Stratton

Complete Power Resources is fortunate enough to have fostered a strong working relationship with a leading manufacturer in the country, Briggs and Stratton. We are proud to be able to feature a company with more than 110 years invested in developing power technology and innovation. Its engines are commercial grade and built for long lifetimes and dependable efficiency. Every Briggs and Stratton generator has the industry’s best warranty for added peace of mind.

Getting started

Complete Power Resources has one more advantage, and it is, in a word, availability. We’re all too familiar with the supply chain interruptions in today’s climate; Complete Power Resources has enough generators in stock to get you up and running in a matter of weeks. For example, current stock numbers show 70+ Briggs and Stratton generators in our inventory. The wait at other outlets is clocking in at 30 to 40 weeks to get units ordered and installed. Our average wait time at Complete Power Resources is considerably less! We’ll arrange for a Complete Power Resources professional to come to your home, assess which system fits your lifestyle and budget, and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, we’ll provide you with yourFREE quote, an installation schedule,  and a price that will turn you — and your home — on the next time the power goes out.

Empowered by CPR

Mark Litwin gives his family peace-of-mind with a new generator.

The Power of CPR — The Local Winter Garden

We have some crazy weather here in Florida and after going through several hurricanes, we determined that a standby generator was something we had to have for peace of mind and the safety of our family. So, we contacted Complete Power Resources. I made an appointment, and they came to our home to see what we’d need. I wanted to learn everything I could about the whole process, and they were patient and responsive. I’d call with a question—they’d get right back to me. I called them one night at 11 p.m., and they got back to me 10 minutes later! They were so friendly and human. No pressure at all. They answered all my questions, looked at all we had to power up—appliances, pool, A/C, all that—showed us the different brands and told us what we’d need. We ordered a 20kW Briggs and Stratton, mainly because of their longer 10-year warranty.

A month later, we had it installed. No, we haven’t needed to use it yet. We did have a power surge a while ago, and our generator kicked right on like it was supposed to! Just put yourself back in the mindset of watching the weather maps, listening to the news, and waiting on another hurricane: There are people lining up for gas, raiding the grocery stores, scrambling for emergency supplies. Everyone’s afraid they’ll lose power and dreading it. Not me. Not now. Thanks to Complete Power Resources, I won’t have to think about all that. I’m not going to be that guy anymore, and for my money, that is one awesome feeling.

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How to Handle A Power Outage

How to Handle A Power Outage
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There is never a convenient time to experience a power outage, but like all emergencies — a blackout may strike at the most unexpected time. If you find yourself without power, here are a few tips on how you can manage:

Track Mobile Power Inventory

Make sure to have batteries or an alternative power source available to meet your electronic needs and charge your portable items such as charger or power bank. Have a flashlight available for every household member, and gauge whether your cellphone has enough charge to last until you have access to electricity again. 

Medical Supplies

It’s important to have instructions handy for medicine that must be refrigerated or kept at a set temperature. The best way to know is to talk to your medical provider about a medical outage plan; it provides insights and helps one understand the specific guidelines for medicine critical to one’s life. 

Managing Appliances

During a power outage, temporary lighting methods such as a fireplace or gas oven are often used to heat or as an alternative for lighting causing levels of carbon monoxide to rise. As a result, it’s crucial to avoid poisoning by installing detectors at all levels of your home to keep track of carbon monoxide. A rule of thumb is never to use a gas stovetop or oven to power your home. In addition, it’s essential to note power may come back on sporadically during an electricity outage, so it’s in your benefit to turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. 

Generator Install

Lastly, the best way to combat a power outage is to install a home standby generator, which will automatically turn on seconds after the power goes out. Installing a home generator at your home or business brings immense value, peace of mind for starters, and living life without any interruptions.

To find more information on the standby generator that will best suit your needs, contact us today for a home generator assessment.

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How to Avoid Utility Scams

How to Avoid Utility Scams

At Complete Power Resources, we commit to providing our customers with the proper tools to protect against power outages by installing a standby generator for their homes or businesses. We also make strides to inform them of potential hazards that could affect their physical and financial well-being. Scams existed long before the pandemic, unfortunately. However, an increased effort to target vulnerable electric, water, and natural gas customers is in effect all over the country. Lockdowns were adopted to protect our health and prevent the virus from spreading. The byproduct of spending more time at home with family and loved ones is a rise in online and over-the-phone utility scams. 

Fraudsters are notorious for coming up with scamming tactics to trick you into giving them your personal information. According to the Federal Trade Commission, imposter scams are often the most commonly reported scam year-over-year. It’s a scam where impersonators call on small businesses and households, threatening to end service due to late or delinquent payments. These fraudulent calls often occur during peak heating (winter) or air conditioning (summer) seasons to create urgency prompting customers to take immediate action. 

Power outages may occur during peak usage in either winter or summer months, which is an opportune time for fraudsters to call your home or business to apologize for your electricity getting turned off. They may even offer to turn it back in exchange for your personal information. It is essential to know your electricity provider would never call to request your personal information over the phone. 

Payments applications and cryptocurrencies have gotten very popular during the pandemic. While the technology may seem exciting, fraudsters are leveraging the hype to request payments in the form of bitcoin through payment apps like Cash App, Zelle, or Venmo. Your utility company will never ask you to wire funds or use a peer-to-peer payment system to obtain funds. 

Fraudsters often use a popular scamming tactic known as phishing, which is the process of posing as the legitimate utility company with fake email addresses, logos, trademarks, website links, and other branding materials to obtain customers’ personal information via email. You should be aware that no utility company would ever ask for sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passwords, or financial information through an email. 

We advise you to take the following steps to avoid falling victim to a scam if you receive a phone call, email, or payment request from an apparent utility company:

  • Verify — Take the time to double-check your most recent bill and ask for employee information if you receive a phone call, email, or payment request from a suspected utility company. Report any phone numbers or emails that may appear suspicious.
  • Don’t act on impulse — Fraudsters will urge you to take action! If you are given an ultimatum or asked to take immediate action, such as purchasing a gift card, take some time to think about what the scammer is asking you to do. If it appears out of the ordinary, call your utility company, or talk to a trusted person before making any payments. 
  • Protect your information — You should never disclose your personal information (Social Security number, date of birth) and financial information (bank account, credit, or debit card numbers) to anyone who contacts you first, whether by phone, email, or an app. Most utility companies follow standard practices to determine the authorized user and the information required for account access. 

The pandemic has amplified the possibilities of what was once deemed unrealistic. Scammers don’t have a distinct identity, so it is crucial to know the common tactics and gear against them. 

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Tips for using a portable generator

  1. Refer to the generator user’s manual for proper use instructions
  2. Make sure to buy the correct oil type for your generator. This will either be listed in the generator user’s manual or on the generator’s body. Refer to the size of your generator to see how much oil you will need on hand. Remember, it never hurts to have a spare quart or two.
  3. Purchase fuel

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Landscaping and Standby Generators

Landscaping and Generators

It’s a known fact that standby generators are not pretty to look at. This can be a particularly touchy subject for homeowner’s associations who have strict requirements regarding the appearance of your landscaping. Fear not, read our guide to discover how to add curb appeal to your generator.

Planning

The first step to any landscaping project is the planning phase. Start by checking your HOA documents (if applicable) to see any landscape requirements or restrictions that apply to your neighborhood. Consider your current landscaping and create a layout that will blend with or enhance surrounding features. Plan for clearance and choose appropriate plants that will not interfere with the operation of your generator or make access to the generator impossible. It may help to sketch out your plans to get an idea of how your landscaping choices will look visually.

Generator Clearance

It is important to note that standby generators require a certain amount of clearance in order to operate safely. The rule of thumb when planning landscaping to go along with your generator is to maintain 18” of clearance from the side of your house and 36” clearance on either side. Maintaining the appropriate amount of clearance will ensure that your generator can operate safely and can be accessed by a maintenance professional. 

Flower beds and rock gardens

Flower beds and rock gardens can act as an extension to your current landscaping and are easy to create. Make your generator a part of your garden by installing it inside a flower bed or rock garden to add a nice aesthetic, providing a clean, manicured appearance. Choose your favorite pebble or mulch and add edging to create a clean, minimalistic design. This can be done in many different ways to incorporate your color scheme and design choices. 

Standby generator in rock garden / flower bed

Shrubbery

For individuals who would like to hide their generator from view, consider shrubbery. Shrubs can hide your generator while still providing access for maintenance on the condition that they are properly maintained. Choose from shrubs that complement your existing landscape, and you may forget your generator is even there until your experience a power outage! A few recommended shrubs are:

  • Evergreens
  • Azaleas – Phoenicia and Imperial Queen
  • Camellia
  • Alba Plena
  • Glen 40
  • Nuccio’s Bella Rossa
Standby generator with bushes

Fencing

There are a variety of fencing options to hide your generator. You can choose from a standard privacy fence, a green fence made of climbing plants, or a DIY art piece such as up-cycled shutters. Fences are a great option for hiding generators and utilities in general. Choosing a fence color that matches the color scheme of your house will make it look like an addition to the existing structure.

Conclusion

There are many ways to hide a standby generator or incorporate it into your existing landscape. So, do not be deterred from getting a standby generator solely based on appearance! From plants to structures, you too can have a standby generator that is an asset to your property and never an eye-sore.

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Hurricane Prep List: What to Pack

Hurricane season can be very scary, but it can be even scarier if you do not have the appropriate supplies! Here is a quick list of basic supplies you should have in your hurricane prep kit. Hurricane season runs from June 1st – November 30th every year. Make sure that you and your family are prepared.

At a minimum, you should have these basic supplies:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
  • Extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phone with charger.
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
  • Extra fuel for generator and car.

Note: It is not safe to fill open containers, such as buckets, with gasoline. Gasoline and propane fumes can be harmful when breathing in. For your safety, use designated fuel safe containers.

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Generator Purchasing Guide

So It’s Time to Buy a Generator

Imagine this. You are sitting at home when suddenly a power line is struck by lightning and all of your lights go out! Now, we have all experienced instances where we have been without power. Sometimes, it lasts for a few hours, and sometimes, it lasts much longer. Depending on your situation and experiences with power outages, you may be considering purchasing a generator. Generators are a wonderful solution to power outages, but before you hit that buy button, it’s important to do some research.

Whole-house vs. Portable

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself when considering what option is best.

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Are you usually home when a power outage occurs?

If the answer is yes, a portable generator is a cheaper solution to emergency power. All you have to do is pour gasoline into the machine and plug it into the device that requires power. Just remember, you will need to go back outside to refill the gasoline every few hours. It typically takes 38 gallons to run an average sized portable for 2 days.

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If the answer is no, a portable generator is not for you! If no one is home to operate the machine and make sure that no issues arise, a whole-house generator is the way to go. Whole-house generators do not require human operation to power on. As soon as your power goes out, it will kick on. This is ideal for families who leave during natural disasters like hurricanes or for people who travel often. A whole-house generator will ensure that your food stays fresh and that your house remains at an optimal temperature even when you are away.

What is your budget?

It is important to set a budget for your purchase before diving in. There can be a significant price range between your two options. Pricing for a portable generator typically ranges from $500-2,500 plus the cost of fuel, whereas the pricing for a whole house standby ranges from $5,000-14,000.

Another thing to consider when setting your budget is the cost of installation. Standby generators require permits, electrician work, and manual labor. This entire process averages two months. The cost of installation can easily add a few thousand dollars on top of the cost of the generator.

Lastly, consider your fuel source. In addition to installation, whole-house generators require a connection to natural gas or liquid propane. This can be done by installing a natural gas or liquid propane tank on your property or by connecting to city provided supplies. If you already have natural gas or liquid propane on your property, installation will be less expensive. $2,000-5,000 should be budgeted for fuel expenses if you do not have a fuel source already available.

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Please note that a lot of buyers become frustrated when receiving a whole-home generator quote. Many major companies provide the price of a unit without mentioning the additional costs involved with installation. Altogether, the average cost of purchasing and installing a whole-home generator typically ranges between $8,500-17,500 depending on its size.

How much power do you need?

Think about your power needs. Are you looking to power essential items or your whole home? If you are looking to provide power to essential items like your refrigerator or work laptop, a portable generator is the cheapest option to achieve this goal. If you want to be able to run your air conditioner or heat your jacuzzi, consider a whole-house generator. Portables are great for the little things. They are an easy, cheap backup power solution if you are only powering a few items, but the average sized portable generator does not have the capacity to power your entire home.

How much risk are you willing to take?

With the use of any machine comes risk. Just like your car, generators release hazardous gasses. Since a portable can be placed anywhere, you have to keep a close eye on it. Never place a portable inside your home, as hazardous gasses and fires can cause significant harm to people and property. Always place a generator in a well-ventilated area outside of your house.

Whole-house generators are more controlled and are built with automatic shutoff switches with your safety in mind. Every county has their own rules on how and who can install one. There are distance requirements that dictate where they can be installed, and special permitting is always required. This aids in safe operation and reduces the risk of house fires or dangerous gasses from entering your living space.

Making a decision

Making a decision

Now that you have answered all of these questions, you should have a better idea of what kind of generator is going to work for your lifestyle and household. For more information on specific options or to set up a consultation for a whole-house generator, contact Complete Power Resources today. As an authorized Cummins, Kohler, Briggs & Stratton and Generac dealer, Complete Power Resources can recommend best fit options for your needs.

Portable Generators Standby Generators (Whole-House)
$500-2,500 (Avg) $8,500-17,000 (Avg)
Can power a few essential items Can power your whole house
Requires manual labor to turn on and use Turns on automatically
Requires monitoring while in use Automatic shutoff switch equipped and city regulations in place to increase safety. No monitoring required while in use
Fuel must be manually filled (38 gallons/ 2 days) Connected to a LP/NG tank or fuel line

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Cummins Kohler Generac

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Generator Horror Stories- Rat Attack

Rat Attack

Jerry woke up early Friday morning, grabbed his toolbox, and drove out to the Gibson’s house. It seems they lost power and their generator was not working. Prepared to investigate, Jerry removed the cover on the generator, and something immediately caught his eye. He discovered that a rat had chewed through the wiring! Jerry informed the Gibson’s of the problem and they were shocked! How could a rat have possibly caused so much damage?

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Small animals can wreck havoc on your generator. Rats, raccoons, mice, and other critters can chew through wiring and create nests inside. If your generator is not working like expected here is an acronym to keep it in top shape.

Routine Exercise
Oil Change
Debris Removal
Examine for Animals
New Filters
Test Fuel Connection
Schedule Maintenance

To schedule maintenance through Complete Power Resources, click here.

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Florida Hurricane Supply Tax Holiday 2018

It’s Tax Free!

Tropical Storm Alberto arrived a week early in the same fashion as Hurricane Irma. With hurricane season approaching quickly, Florida is providing a Tax Free Holiday for Hurricane supplies. From generators to batteries, the Holiday is expected to save Floridians as much as $4.5 Million. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, and the current number of predicted storms is high. We encourage Floridians to take advantage of these savings. Check out the list of approved tax free items below or at floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.Tax Free Holiday 2018

Portable generators priced $750 and less are tax free. Easy to use, they can provide power to cooking sources, lights, and so much more. Complete Power Resources currently has portable generators in stock. Do not forget to inquire about yours between June 1-7 to enjoy the benefits of the Tax Free Holiday. For more details on Portable Generators check out our offered brands below or contact a representative at 407-293-7158.

GeneracGenerac Power Generators

KohlerKohler Power Generators

CumminsCummins Power GeneratorsBriggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton Power Generators

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