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5 Lessons From a Hurricane

5 Lessons From a Hurricane

We knew Hurricane Arthur was headed our way, but the forecast called for it to weaken to a post-tropical depression by the time it hit Atlantic Canada. It was supposed to be pretty much a ‘rain event’ here in South-western New Brunswick. But Arthur hit us with surprising strength – carving a path of toppled […]

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Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

I was pleased to be invited to write a guest post for Buildipedia.com. The widespread power outages from the Eastern US derecho in June were still fresh in my mind, so I thought some tips for choosing and maintaining a home generator would be useful. You can read the article:  "Home Generators 101" at Buildipedia.com. […]

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Keeping Warm During a Power Outage

Keeping Warm During a Power Outage

Extreme winter weather events almost always cause power outages at some point. It may be just a few isolated locations or it can affect a large area, plunging millions of people into the cold and dark – possibly for several days. And the frequency and impact of extreme weather is expected to get worse in […]

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Clean Emergency Generator Power

Clean Emergency Generator Power

Living in the path of the remnants of Hurricane Irene when she reaches Atlantic Canada, is a good reminder for me to fire up the generator for a bit of exercise, since it hasn’t been used for a few months. This is a good routine procedure with any generator, just to keep it in peak […]

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Can Portable Generators Damage Home Appliances?

Can Portable Generators Damage Home Appliances?

We recently decided it’s time to install a backup power generator for our rural home/office. Choosing a portable generator should be pretty easy shouldn’t it? Determine what you need emergency power for – and choose a generator powerful enough to do the job, right? Uh…no actually. Many of today’s home HVAC systems and appliances have […]

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