The Generac Promise

The Generac Promise

The #1 selling brand of home standby generators. A Home Standby generator provides the automatic backup power you need to protect your home and family during a power outage.

USA Engineered and Built
Generac invented the home standby generator category in 1977, and we still engineer and build them right here in Wisconsin.  With over a million square feet of vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution space we are able to meet the needs of our customers.


Customer Care
Power outages do not always occur during normal working hours – that is why we have implemented a 24/7-365 customer care call center right here in Wisconsin.  That means we are standing by 24/7, every minute of every day to answer your calls. 1-888-GENERAC (1-888-436-3722)


Five Year Limited Warranty
We are proud of our innovative product design, high quality and first-class reliability so that is why we stand behind them with a strong 5-year limited warranty.



Mobile Link

We promise to listen to our customer’s needs and continue to innovate with new solutions, like our new Mobile Link™ cellular monitoring system ,so you’ll always know the status of your generator, no matter where you are.


The # 1 Home Standby Generator Just Got Better

The # 1 Home Standby Generator Just Got Better

Reliable. Dependable. We promise.  USA Engineered and Built

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Tropical Storm Karen Takes Aim on Gulf Coast – Florida Panhandle

The storm track and cone with coastline watches of TS Karen

Tropical Storm Karen Heads for the Florida Panhandle

Tropical storm Karen formed out of an area of showers and thunderstorms in the southern Gulf of Mexico today. The system was already producing gale force winds and bringing rain to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula. A hurricane hunter aircraft extensively explored the area yesterday and found the system more organized than expected, but it was not yet a tropical cyclone.

Update: Friday, 10:00 am CDT. Karen has weakened slightly, but will likely regain some strength as it brushes by Louisiana and then makes landfall on Sunday morning near Pensacola, Florida. Expect strong tropical force winds from 60 to 70 MPH and rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches. Be aware of flash flooding, especially in low lying areas.

Karen has a northern track and will probably make landfall on the Florida Panhandle near Pensacola sometime on Saturday. There remains some probability for further strengthening and with sustained winds already exceeding 65 MPH, it is possible the storm could become a category one hurricane before it makes landfall.

After landfall, the current track of the storm takes it on northeasterly direction up through Alabama, Georgia and into South Carolina, but may affect Tennessee and Kentucky as well. It will lose strength overland, but is expected to retain tropical storm force winds and heavy rain as far north as Virginia.

Warnings and Watches

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the Gulf Coast from Indian Pass, Florida, to Grand Isle, Louisiana. A tropical storm watch is in effect for New Orleans and the coastline to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A watch means that conditions are likely for a storm to occur in a given area and are given as a storm approaches. Warnings are issued approximately 36 hours in advance of landfall and indicate that a storm will arrive within that timeframe.

In addition to high winds, watch-area residents should prepare for power outages, inland flooding, storm surge and pay attention to local news for information about evacuations. Tornadoes are also possible just before, during, and after a tropical storm or hurricane makes landfall. Expect heavy rain and flash flooding.

Power Outages

Hurricanes can cause extensive damage to the power grid and residents may find themselves without power for extended periods of time. The best defense against a power outage is a standby generator that operates on natural gas or propane. They are permanently installed systems that work with an automatic transfer switch to supply power automatically in the event of an outage and can operate for extended periods. Since they rely on natural gas or LP supplies, they don’t need continuous refueling.

Portable generators are another option, but require a steady supply of fuel―usually gasoline or diesel, but some models use propane or natural gas. Most can connect to a home through a manual transfer switch, or supply appliances directly using extension cords. Stock supplies of fuel well in advance of the storm. You may not be able to buy fuel once the storm makes landfall.


Pay attention to local news and if your area is evacuated, do not wait. Leave as soon as possible and follow the evacuation routes. The sooner you leave, the less trouble you will have and the less traffic you will encounter.

Follow local guidelines for preparing your home against high winds and flooding. If you are staying put to ride out the storm, make sure that your portable generator placement won’t endanger your life, or the lives of your neighbors.

Remember that your property is not worth risking your life for. Hurricanes are dangerous storms and flooding and storm surge are more dangerous than high winds.

Map by Google Maps.

Storm Track by the National Hurricane Center

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Five Reasons to Own a Standby Generator for Home Use

As our reliance on electrical power grows, our lives are increasingly impacted by a loss of power, whatever the reason. Interruptions range from events that affect only a few homes, to entire regions, and causes include violent weather events, automobile accidents, and human error.

Standby generators provide electrical power when the supply from the electric utility is interrupted. Unlike portable units, a standby generator starts and runs without operator intervention in the event of a power emergency. They work with an automatic transfer switch which selects between utility power and generator power.



A power outage without a backup generator can mean countless dollars in groceries going to waste.

It only takes a few hours for the temperature inside a refrigerator or freezer to begin rising, even if the door is kept closed. Once the temperature of a refrigerator reaches 40 degrees, the rate at which food becomes unsafe to eat increases dramatically. And each time the door is opened, the temperature rises again.

Food begins to thaw at 32 degrees and it may take as little as 12 hours for some freezers to reach the thaw point. A standby generator can keep food from thawing and spoiling even during extended outages that last days or even weeks.

Heating and Cooling

funraceThe systems that cool and heat homes do more than provide comfort and safety for people. Heat prevents pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes often burst, and when they do the resulting flood is devastating. The pipe that leads into a home can supply hundreds of gallons of water per hour. If you’re not home to shut it off, or to call a plumber to shut it off at the street, the ensuing flood can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

Summer heat and humidity can take its toll quickly on people, and keeping the air conditioner operational during a power outage may mean the difference between camping out in a hotel or staying home and sleeping in comfort.

Medical Equipment

Emergency room

Modern hospital simply couldn’t save lives and function the way that they do without the support of electrical backup systems.

The use of home medical equipment has increased dramatically in the past two decades. Oxygen concentrators, wheelchair lifts, equipment for paraplegics and quadriplegics, ventilators and CPAP machines, and even home dialysis equipment all rely on electrical power. Many of these devices run off an uninterruptible power supply, but those require batteries that only last a short time.

Standby generators that supply utility-grade power can keep home medical equipment operating. Those using the equipment are able to stay home instead of packing up their equipment and seeking shelter elsewhere.

Safety Systems


Lisa Dunn works to salvage what she can from her newly-remodeled, now flooded, basement of her Greenwood home in Seattle on Monday, December 3, 2007. (Staff Photo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer/Mike Kane)

Home alarm systems provide security and safety that many homeowners rely on to protect their families and property. When the power goes out, the battery that powers a security system may last less than a day, leaving the home vulnerable. This is especially true after a widespread disaster such as a hurricane or other weather event when the power may be out for days or even weeks.

Sump pumps keep basements dry by removing water. Power outages frequently occurs during storms when the pump is needed the most. In some areas, flooding can begin just minutes after the power goes out. Even a battery-backup pump will only last a few hours during a heavy storm. With a standby generator operating automatically, even when you are not home, the pump keeps running and the basement stays dry.


TVThe last thing anyone needs is a power outage. Without electricity, none of the day-to-day conveniences of everyday life are available. Cooking becomes more difficult, the computer and TV don’t work, kids can’t play their games. When night arrives the candles come out.

A generator can keep the power on while utility crews work on restoring the flow of electricity to neighborhoods, towns, and cities. When utility power is restored, the transfer switch automatically reconnects the home to the utility supply and the generator shuts down, whether you’re home, at work, or on vacation. There are models to meet every need, from units for small homes and cottages to models for large luxury homes.

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Briggs & Stratton Providing Reliable Power for over 100 years

Briggs & Stratton has been providing reliable engine power for over 100 years. So, it’s no wonder why professionals and homeowners worldwide, put their faith in Briggs & Stratton to provide power when it’s needed most.

A leading designer and manufacturer of automatic standby generators, Briggs & Stratton’s full product line of generators provides homeowners with flexible placement, options and world class support from over +2600 authorized standby generator dealers.

Briggs and Stratton home standby generators have the best value warranty in the industry, offering a 4-year limited warranty2 including both parts AND labor on 15kW1,16kW1 and 20kW1 models, making it easy to trust the proven power experts at Briggs & Stratton.

Backed by 3,000 hardworking Americans and headquartered in Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton values community investment, environmental stewardship and business excellence.

Protect your home and family from power outages with a Briggs & Stratton Standby generator.


1This generator is rated in accordance with UL 2200 and CSA 22.2 No. 100-04.

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Humberto: First Hurricane of the 2013 Season

Clouds and storm track of Hurricane Humberto

Hurricane Humberto Near the Cape Verde Islands

Hurricane Humberto is the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It nearly broke a record for being the latest “first-hurricane-of-the-season” to form in the Atlantic Basin, missing the mark by just three hours.

Higher than usual water temperatures prompted an usually active hurricane season forecast for 2013. Although prior to Humberto there were seven named storms, Humberto is the first that intensified into a hurricane with sustained winds greater than 74 MPH. On average, three tropical cyclones of hurricane strength have formed by the end of August.

Tropical Depressions have sustained winds of less than 39 MPH and are poorly organized. Tropical Storms have winds of 39 to 74 MPH with organized rotation around a central location. Hurricanes are very organized with a defined eye and organized rotation around it.

About 5:00am on September 11, 2013, The National Hurricane Center declared that Humberto had intensified from a tropical storm into a hurricane with sustained winds of 75 MPH. Humberto continues to intensify with sustained winds now reaching 80 MPH.


Storm Systems Including Hurricane Humberto and TS Gabrielle

Storm Systems Including Hurricane Humberto and TS Gabrielle
Image via The National Hurricane Center

Currently, Humberto poses little threat to land beyond some heavy rain in the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa. The storm will track mainly north for the next 48 hours, then veer to the west. As it meets dryer air and cooler ocean temperatures, Humberto will subside back to tropical storm status and gain speed. Forecasters at the NHC predict winds will have subsided to just 40 MPH by Monday, September 16.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gabrielle has reformed as it approached Bermuda with winds of 45 MPH. It will continue to track north without gaining significant strength until it declines into a post-tropical cyclone and brings heavy rain and 45 MPH winds to the Canadian Maritimes.

Another system to watch is currently over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and headed for the Southern Gulf of Mexico and Bay of Campeche. Forecasters give this system a 70 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next five days.

Storm Preparedness

Any storm can leave residents in large areas without power, and the outages can last days or even weeks while crews struggle to repair the local electrical distribution system. Power outages leave homes without heating or cooling, sump pumps stop working, and food spoils in refrigerators and freezers, not to mention the lack of conveniences.

Store at least seven gallons of water per person for a weeks supply of drinking. Additional stores are needed for washing and cooking. Keep enough nonperishable food for at least week for everyone in the home. Other supplies include batteries for flashlights, fully fueled vehicles, and enough fuel for portable generators to last a week.

A home standby generator for backup electrical power can eliminate worries about flooded basements, spoiled food, or frozen pipes or unbearable heat. The generators operate with an automatic transfer switch and many models connect directly to the home’s natural or propane gas supply for an uninterrupted supply of fuel.

Portable generators are less convenient and require frequent refueling, but they can keep the lights on and the food cold if properly connected through a manual transfer switch.

Be Ready

Although most tropical cyclones allow forecasters to give some warning before they strike land, storm forecasting is an inexact science. Good storm forecasts are possible 36 to 48 hours before landfall, but beyond that, forecasts are still experimental.

Advance preparation is important. Learn evacuation routes before a storm threatens. If you live on the coast in the path of a hurricane, be prepared to evacuate. Remember that high winds are only part of the danger. Storm surge and inland flooding account for more damage and deaths than hurricane force winds. Monitor local news and forecasts, and be ready to evacuate if the word is given.

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Kubota Diesel for Standby and Prime Power

Kubota GL Lowboy II Series

The Kubota GL Lowboy II Series of Diesel Standby Generators

The new diesel Kubota GL Series generators comes to Norwall Power Systems. Generators are available for shipment direct from the factory in one to two days. The GL11000 and GL7000 are 120/240-volt single-phase generators capable of supplying either standby or prime power. They ship with a two-year, 2000-hour limited consumer warranty. The Lowboy II design saves space, and the efficient, vertical diesel engine saves the environment by passing the US EPA Tier 4 emission standards.

Diesel Power

The Kubota GL generators are powered by four-cycle, liquid-cooled, vertical diesel engines. The GL11000 uses a three cylinder, 16 horsepower diesel, while the GL 7000 incorporates a two-cylinder, 8 horsepower diesel. Both models have a 7.4 gallon fuel tank for 10 hours (GL11000) and 16 hours (GL11000) of half-load operation. The engines operate at a steady 3600 RPM to keep the AC frequency at 60 hertz.

Fuel consumption is directly dependent on the constantly changing electrical load. As the load changes, so does the fuel consumption.

The vertical engine design reduces engine wear and oil consumption. Low oil pressure and high coolant temperature shutdown are incorporated into the engine design.

Recommended fuel is standard no. 2 diesel.

Compact Lowboy Design

Kubota GL with Panels Removed

Compact Lowboy Design Compares to air-cooled generators

Kubota designed the GL series for efficient use of space and power. Both the cooling fan and the power generating unit (alternator) are direct driven, reducing losses through coupling mechanisms and drive belts, and eliminating the cost of drive belt maintenance. The GL1100 is comparable in size to air-cooled generators at 50 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 28 inches high. The GL7000 takes up even less space at just 42 inches wide, with the same depth and height as its big brother.

The compact design allows for a wide variety of uses and increases installation placement options.

Noise is slightly lower than most central air conditioners at 66dB to 68dB and was reduced through the use of a large capacity muffler, lowering the fan speed fan, using a longer air intake hose, and placement of the air intake port.

Electrical Output

The GL11000 is rated at 11 kilowatts of power as a standby unit, and 10 kilowatts when used for prime power. The GL7000 puts out 7000 watts of standby power, or 6000 watts of prime power.

Prime power is defined as the main supply of electrical supplyusually provided by an electric utility. Standby power is emergency backup power provided by a generator. In prime power applications, the Kubota GL11000 and GL7000 act as the main source of electric power.

The power generating unit, or alternator, incorporates a skewed stator and dampening coil. The skewed design reduces distortion while the dampening coil helps keep the output constant as current draw increases, even under short circuit conditions.

Electrical connections are made using the easy-to-access terminals or through the circuit breaker protected receptacles.

The GL11000 includes four receptacles: one standard 20-amp 120-volt GFCI and three locking receptaclesone 30-amp 120 volt; one 30-amp 240-volt; and one 50-amp 120/240 volt.

The GL7000 also has three locking receptaclesa 30-amp 120-volt, a 30-amp 240-volt, and a 30-amp 120/240-voltin addition to the 20-amp GFCI.

With different power connection options, an efficient and environmentally friendly diesel, and compact design, the Kubota GL series of generators has a wide variety of applications and is easily incorporated into any number of prime and standby power generation systems.

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2013 Mid-Atlantic Hurricane Season Update

August 31st-September 1 marks the middle of the hurricane season. So far in 2013, there have been six named storms in the Atlantic Basin and Caribbean Sea, but none have attained hurricane strength. Predictions for this year’s season were for an above average to hyperactive season with approximately 15 named storms, of which 8 would be hurricanes and three of those major hurricanes.

Tropical Cyclones are potentially devastating storms that impact lives and property wherever they make landfall. Tropical storms and hurricanes are tropical cyclones with circular rotation around a central eye. Tropical storm winds range from 39 to 74 miles per hour, and hurricanes from 75 to 150 miles per hour, but the most dangerous threat is inland flooding.

Tropical storms are often ignored as potentially dangerous and don’t receive the wide media attention given to hurricanes, but with the potential for tornadoes, power outages, extreme rain, and flooding, a tropical storm can cause serious damage and pose life-threatening risks. This year’s hurricane season has been blamed for at least 18 deaths, left tens of thousands without electrical power, and caused serious property damage.

Preparation for a storm of any kind should include food and water supplies, learning evacuation routes, and performing maintenance on standby and portable generators, along with maintaining stores of fuel supplies.


Andrea formed quickly in early June in the Caribbean Sea and peaked with winds that reached 65 miles per hour. It dropped 12 inches of rain on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and killed three people. Later it crossed into Florida, causing scattered power outages and flooding. Andrea spawned five tornadoes which caused at least one serious injury.

A well-defined tropical wave in the Southeastern Caribbean Sea was noted on June 15, just one week after Andrea formed. It moved across the Central-America Isthmus and emerged over the southern Gulf of Mexico where it intensified into Tropical Storm Barry. Barry moved inland again on June 20 near Veracruz, Mexico with winds up to 45 MPH. The storm left 27,000 people without power, caused fires with lightning, and injured at least two people.


Two storms formed off the Cape Verde Islands west of Africa and were carried by the equatorial stream of air across the Atlantic. Chantal formed on July 5 as a tropical wave with little chance of forming a cyclone, but on July 8 had a well defined center of circulation and was upgraded to a tropical storm. By July 10, wind shear was destroying the storms center. Downgraded again to a topical wave, it caused the evacuation of thousands in Hispaniola and was blamed for the death of at least one person in the Dominican Republic.

Dorian formed as a depression on July 24, managed to gain enough energy to organize and then spluttered it’s way across the Atlantic as a depression until it reformed into a tropical storm off the coast of Florida. It lasted only 12 hours and degenerated into an area of low pressure.


The record books will show August 2013 as the first August since 2002 without hurricane development. There were two tropical storms this month, Erin and Fernand. Erin formed off the Cape Verde Islands on the 13th as a depression and became a tropical storm on the 15th. It lost strength for a time, then regenerated into a tropical storm on the 17th, only to degrade into a tropical depression on the 18th.

Graphic showing three potential storms in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea

Three Potential Tropical Cyclone Systems in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea

Fernand formed over the Yucatan Peninsula as a Tropical Wave on the 23rd and moved into the Bay of Campeche where an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft determined it was a tropical storm. Fernand was short-lived and made landfall again just north of Veracruz where it degraded into a low pressure area with heavy thunderstorms. Fernand caused 14 deaths over its relatively short life span.

As of this writing, there are three storm systems with the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. With three months left in this hurricane season, have you prepared for the next storm?

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Generac Protector Series: Diesel Powered Standby Generators

New at Norwall Power Systems are Generac’s Protector Series Standby Generators with capacities from 15 to 50 kilowatts. These liquid-cooled generators feature the reliability of a liquid-cooled generator along with the power and efficiency provided by a diesel engine. With standard and optional ‘Code Ready’ features and accessories, the Protector Series is easily fitted to comply with local codes and ordinances and are designed for use in residential and light-commercial applications, and is a UL/CUL 2200-listed generator.

Five Standby Choices

Norwall now includes five Protector Series Standby Generators in its lineup, all powered by four-cylinder diesel engines. Minimum half-load run time on a single tank of fuel ranges from 24 to 38 hours, depending on the actual load and output capacity of the generator.

The Generac Protector with integrated base tank.

Liquid Cooled Diesel Powered for Reliability and Efficiency

  • RD01523 – 15 kilowatts
  • RD02023 – 20 kilowatts
  • RD03024 – 30 kilowatts
  • RD04834 – 48 kilowatts
  • RD05034 – 50 kilowatts.

All models except the RD04834 are available as both single-phase and three-phase generators. Single-phase generators operate at 120/240 volts. Three-phase voltage options include 120/208 volts and 120/240 volts for the 15 and 20 kilowatt models. The 30 and 50 kilowatt models also have a 277/480-volt three-phase option. Most residential customers will require single-phase current while some commercial operations need a three-phase option.

Note: The 48 kilowatt RD04834 is only available as a single-phase generator.

All the models in The Protector Series work with Generac’s automatic transfer switches (purchase separately) and are permanently installed and connected systems that operate automatically in the event of a power outage.

Diesel Power

The diesel engines that power Protector Generators are four-stroke, four-cylinder engines with OHV design, cast-iron cylinder heads, and aluminum pistons. They are liquid cooled with a coolant pump, radiator, and fan, similar to the cooling system in automobiles and trucks.

Great for Homes and businesses located in areas without access to liquid propane or natural gas

Great for Homes and businesses located in areas without access to liquid propane or natural gas

The 2.28 liter engines on the 15 and 20 kilowatt models have naturally aspirated air and fuel intakes. A turbocharger is added to the 2.4 liter engine used on the 30 kilowatt model, while the 3.4 liter engine on 48 and 50 kilowatt models include an after cooler in addition to the turbocharger.

Turbochargers and after coolers add power and efficiency by increasing the density of the fuel-air mixture delivered to the engine.

Engine design also includes automatic shutdown from low oil pressure, high engine or high oil temperature, and over-crank / over-speed conditions.

Evolution Controller

At the heart of the standby generator is the Evolution Controller, a microprocessor based control system that governs virtually all aspects of the standby generator system and allows it to function independently and without human intervention. It monitors the incoming utility line, starts and runs the generator during an outage and shuts it down when power is restored. It is also responsible for a weekly exercise period, monitoring the generator system for faults, and reminding the owner when maintenance is required.

A two-line multilingual display allows navigation through a menu system using a membrane keypad and offers status alerts, exercise programming, extensive fault reporting, and maintenance scheduling. The keypad is back-lit by colored LEDs which provide generator status at a glance. They keypad, display, and main circuit breaker are visible through a window in the generator enclosure.

Mobile Link is an optional, text-message based system that uses the existing cellular system to communicate with a web-based controller dashboard. The dashboard is accessible with smart phones, tablets, and computers from inside the house or anywhere you find an Internet connection. Status alerts are also sent as text messages to your cell phone―You’ll know immediately if there is a power outage and that your generator is functioning properly.

Code Ready

Concerns about meeting special requirements in local building codes and ordinances are no longer an issue.

The double-walled, externally-vented and filled fuel tank meets UL/CUL-142 regulations. Leaks are contained within the outer tank, preventing environmental contamination. Leak detection shuts down the generator and issues an alarm.

Optional code-ready accessories allow quick and easy customization of the generator with off-the-shelf accessories designed to make code compliance a snap. Accessories for code compliance include low fuel alarms, locking tank caps, fuel spill and recovery systems, tank risers and fill tubes, and more.

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Kohler Offers End User Rebates and Referral Incentives

Kohler Power Systems is offering rebate incentives to new purchasers and existing owners of their standby generators. The Kohler air-cooled standby generators offered by Norwall Power Systems qualify for the program and combine with Norwall’s already low pricing for even greater savings. All 20RESAL, 20RESA, 14RESAL, and 8.5RES model generator packages qualify for the program.

New Customers Save 150 Dollars

Kohler's standby generator rebate program - Download

Get 150 Dollars off on the purchase of a new Kohler Standby Generator

If you’re shopping for a new standby generator, now is the time to buy. From August 1 to September 30, buyers of new Kohler standby generators are eligible to receive a 150 dollar rebate. Purchase a qualified generator package during the rebate period, fill out the rebate form, and include a copy of your invoice or receipt. Email or mail the form to Kohler by October 15, 2013 to receive a 150 dollar check in the mail.

Refer Friends and Family

Kohler's 75 dollar rebate program

Refer friends and family and you both receive a 75 dollar rebate

If you already own a Kohler standby generator system, you can still cash in on the savings. Refer a friend or family member and when they buy a Kohler standby system, you’ll receive a 75 dollar rebate and so will they. This offer is good on generators purchased between June 24 and December 31, 2013. Both parties must fill out the rebate form. The original purchaser (the one who refers a friend) includes a copy of their receipt from any date, and the referred friend or family member includes their receipt copy which must be dated within the rebate period. All rebates must be postmarked or emailed by January 15, 2014.

Security and Peace of Mind

A standby generator package from Kohler Power Systems protects your family and your property from both long- and short-term power outages by supplying refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners, and sump pumps with electrical power along with the rest of your home. Standby generators connect to your home with an automatic transfer switch which isolates the generator from the utility company.

Automatic Home Standby Generator

Kohler Automatic Home Standby Generator

When a power outage occurs, the systems detects the outage immediately and starts the generator. Within moments (usually about ten seconds), the generator begins supplying power to your home to keep you and your family safe and comfortable.

Trying to deal with fuel storage concerns and a supply of fuel becomes a thing of the past. Kohler standby generators operate off your home’s existing natural gas or LP gas supply. No need to run out in the middle of a storm to hook up a portable generator or add fuel in the middle of the night. Standby generators run for days with little attention and can supply power during extended outages that last weeks.

Kohler Standby Generators

Kohler manufacturers their standby generators to act as a backup for commercial utility power. These generators deliver backup electricity suitable for sensitive electronics and most other residential loads with electrical power that meets or exceeds electric utility standards.

Norwall Power Systems offers Kohler standby generators from 8.5 to 20 kilowatts, suitable for most residential homes with backup power. Kohler backs up their standby generators with a 5-year, 2000-hour limited consumer warranty for long lasting peace of mind and the confidence that your standby generator system will be ready when the next power outage leaves your neighborhood in the dark.

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Dorian Splutters Across the Atlantic – Flossie Hits Hawaii

Two months into the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the remnants of Tropical Storm Dorian is about 200 miles north of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, traveling west-northwest at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Dorian quickly formed into a small, but moderately strong, tropical storm off the Cape Verde islands in the Eastern Atlantic last week.

2013 Hurricane Season Two Month Update

As it made its way west by northwest, Dorian encountered cooler water and dryer air. Without warm, moist air to fuel it, Dorian degenerated into a tropical wave and is now an area of disorganized thunderstorms with a small chance of regenerating into a tropical cyclone. Whatever is left of it should reach southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, late Wednesday or early Thursday with thunderstorms and heavy rain.

In the Central Pacific, Tropical Storm Flossie has been on course to impact Hawaii and began affecting the big island and Maui today. It is expected to cross all the islands over the next 48 hours with torrential rains and high winds gusting to 65 MPH. Waves are expected to reach 18 feet at some locations and hazardous conditions across the state will make travel difficult. Also possible are mudslides, tornadoes, and waterspouts.

2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Get Ready - Get a Plan: National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Get Ready – Get a Plan: National Hurricane Preparedness Week

In contrast to 2012, which tied for the third most active hurricane season on record, the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been relatively quiet with just four storms and no hurricanes. 2012 was the most active season before July.

Tropical Storm Andrea came almost as a surprise. It formed in the Caribbean Sea on June 5 and was given little chance of strengthening, but grew very quickly into a tropical storm that hit Florida with peak winds of 65 miles per hour on June 7 before losing strength as it moved across land. As it organized, Andrea dropped 12 inches of rain in Mexico, flooded portions of Cuba where a tornado destroyed three homes. In Florida, it spawned five more tornadoes, caused localized flooding, and downed trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Barry started as a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on June 15. As it neared Belize, it was upgraded to a tropical storm on June 19. It hit Veracruz Mexico on June 20 with 48 MPH winds and heavy rain. Lightning killed two people and another person was lost in the flooding.

On July 5, the National Hurricane Center noted another tropical wave 550 miles off the Cape Verde Islands. It intensified to tropical storm strength on July 8 and was named Chantal. It dissipated by July 10, but still caused flooding in Hispaniola and the Dominican Republic.

Being Prepared

Despite a slow start to the 2013 hurricane season, there are still four months left until the season ends on November 30, and there are no guarantees that storms will not form after November.

People living on or near coastlines subject to tropical storms and hurricanes should stay informed of weather conditions that may affect their area. It is better to be prepared and not have to act, than to be unprepared to act when necessary. Know local evacuation routes and have a plan in place that includes where you will evacuate to, if evacuation becomes necessary.

Perform routine maintenance on standby and portable generators. Both portables and standby generators require maintenance at least once or twice a week during continuous use. Stock up on oil and maintenance kits that will keep your generator running through an extended power outage. Keep enough maintenance supplies on hand to last at least two weeks, and a four week supply is even better.

Now is a good time for portable generator owners to begin rotating fuel supplies. Once a week, empty a five gallon container of gasoline into your vehicle’s tank before visiting the pump, and then refill the container on your next visit to the gas station.

Check non-perishable food and bottled water (one gallon per day, per person) supplies. Enough food and water to last a week is the minimum. After Hurricane Sandy, some homes were still without power a month later.

So far, the 2013 hurricane season hasn’t been very active, but that’s no reason to expect it will stay that way. If you’re not prepared, now is the time to get ready.

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