Standby Generators are "Right Now" Insurance

Editor's Note: Rhonda Morgan is an Associate Broker for Keller Williams Realty | The Morgan Home Team. She has partnered with Cummins to write this blog post.

Today’s society has become so dependent on electricity. Most of us can’t imagine functioning without it.

Who would have thought that a down internet connection could be hazardous to your health and state of mind?  Imagine a holiday weekend with a house full of guests and one of the worst but typical thunderstorms hits the city.  Immediately people begin using phones as flashlights. Candles were good for about 3 hours then thoughts of calamity and chaos ensued.

The palpitations were real when I realized I had less than 15% life on my battery and my guests didn’t have much more. The thought of not being able to stay connected via social media or play Candy Crush and Words with Friends was unfathomable. Since my home is all electric, I was unable to prepare the amazing breakfast I planned and worried that my groceries would go to waste if the power wasn’t restored quickly!

No matter where you live there is some potential weather or human disaster that can affect the foundation of modernity, electricity!

So, you don’t live in a “hurricane region” and don’t really see the immediate value in having a standby generator… until you need one. A standby generator is like insurance. You really don’t see the value it brings until you become ill or get into a fender bender. At that point, you realize it was money well spent.  Standby generators are “Right Now” insurance!

It’s not unusual for homes in states where hurricanes are the norm to have a standby generator. However, with the effects of global warming studies show that hurricanes are stronger and longer lasting. Therefore, the damage is more severe and power outages can be extensive.

I have been a realtor in one of the most expansive markets in the country, Atlanta, Georgia, for 16 years, and I have seen the impact of having a standby generator on buyers and sellers.  I can almost see the sigh of relief people have when they know one is installed.  It immediately increases the perceived cachet of a home.  They know if they have their older parents within the home, they have a plan.  They know if they have a newborn in the home, they can provide what they need.  They know access to emergency services and broadcasts will be right at their fingertips.

Unlike insurance, purchasing a Cummins Standby Generator is a one-time investment.

According to Ryan Paul, a licensed appraiser in Georgia, a generator that will come on automatically as soon as there’s an outage and can keep an entire house running could yield returns comparable to a kitchen or bath remodel.

When you think about adding value to your home that will be universal and received positively by all, think about a Cummins Standby Generator. When you need it, you will need one “Right Now!” Connected directly to your home’s electrical and natural gas lines, a standby generator turns on automatically when power is lost (even when you’re not home!) and off when power returns. No trips to the gas station and no running out of gas. You can also program the generator to power whichever functions in your home are most important to you, whether that’s several appliances and lights or your entire home.

To see if a standby generator is right for your family, visit http://homegenerators.cummins.com, where you can find details about the products, how they work and how you can prepare. There’s also a sizing calculator where you can estimate your power needs.

About the Author: As a curator of all things real estate, Rhonda Morgan is devoted to making the selling/buying process as fun and seamless as possible. As a licensed Real Estate Broker for the last 16 years, Rhonda serves as a team leader that specializes in all aspects of Residential and Commercial Real Estate in the Atlanta Market. Her business is built on Dedication, Communication, Determination and Trust while embodying the ability to cater and adapt to all of her client’s Real Estate needs. 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Boron Mine Provided With Reliable Power Source from Cummins

Turkey is the world’s largest producer of boron minerals, possessing 73% of known deposits. Boron is used in the production of ceramics and glass, including fiberglass, along with agricultural and cleaning solutions among other applications.

A 2,500 kVA power system from Cummins is a reliable emergency source of power for a boron mine facility in Turkey’s northwestern region. Cummins Turkey provided a single Cummins C2500 D5A generator set with a silencer and compensator to the Eti Maden plant, located in Balıkesir. 

The Power Generation team at Cummins Turkey provided expert sales and project management to implement the right solution to meet the customer’s needs while Cummins authorized dealer AET supported in the commissioning and maintenance of the system with their certified technical representatives.

Cummins’ work in the Turkish mining industry has earned a strong reputation. Last year, Cummins Turkey installed three units of the 95-liter QSK95 Series generator sets to support operations at Çöpler Gold Mine in the northeastern part of the country, the first QSK95 installation in the country. Cummins Turkey was also selected as the standby power provider for TÜMAD’s gold and silver mine in the northwest area.

For more information about mining power solutions, visit cummins.com.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

How a Home Generator Can Help Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Image of generator set outside of home

Retractable glass walls. High ceilings. Quartzite countertops. Butler’s pantry. Spa bathroom. Smart home systems. 4-car garage. Barn, carriage house or in-law apartment. Home standby generators. All are luxury features found in high-end homes according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal

Inventory of luxury homes currently exceeds demand. To attract more buyers at high-end price points, sellers must invest in the right upgrades with innovative features. A home standby generator can help protect those home upgrades featured in The Wall Street Journal’s list of upgrades to sell your home for top dollar in the event of a power outage, but it also offers innovative features of its own such as quiet operation and low carbon footprint. A home standby generator turns on the moment an outage strikes to maintain power to appliances, smart home devices, security systems or even your entire home. 

According to our resident real estate expert Angel Piontek, Associate Broker and Vice President of Marketing at Coldwell Banker Elite in Fredericksburg, VA, homeowners who install a home generator will recoup half of their investment within the first year of ownership, making investing in a home standby generator a no-brainer. Additionally home standby generators also allow you to be a good neighbor during an outage, save money, and protect your home and family during the cold winter months

To find out if a home generator is right for you, visit homegenerators.cummins.com

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins Power Systems Celebrates Significant Production Milestone and Reflects on Partnership with the Department of Defense

Cummins Power Systems offers innovative products that power the unique needs of our customers across the globe. Since the first contract was awarded in 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been one of these customers who relies on Cummins technology to support combat operations tactical power requirements using the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Systems (AMMPS). The team behind the product recently celebrated production of the 25,000th unit built in the Fridley, Minnesota (USA) plant, a significant milestone for this critical technology. 

For the past 12 years, Cummins has been the prime contractor for the DoD and the producer of AMMPS generators. In August of 2018, a new $491 million contract was signed to continue AMMPS production through 2023. This volume necessitates two shifts on the Fridley line for the next four years. Colonel Adrian Marsh, who leads the AMMPS procurement office, PM-E2S2, and is responsible for all Tactical Electric Power within the DoD, explained, “Everything the soldiers do depends on Cummins AMMPS generators. AMMPS powers all equipment required for us to complete our mission. In addition, Cummins generators provide electrical power so our soldiers can call home and speak with their families, watch television to stay connected with home, and stay cool with air-conditioned facilities.”   

Colonel Marsh journeyed to Fridley to help celebrate the significant 25,000th production milestone, and was joined by over 100 plant and office employees who have been integral in the production of AMMPS. The celebration was an opportunity to reflect on the current and past partnership between Cummins and the United States Army. Gino Butera, Vice-President of Cummins Power Systems, reflected on the strength of this relationship, stating, “Cummins and the U.S. Army have been partners for over 75 years. Cummins supplied the Allied Forces during WWII with over 70,000 generator sets. Cummins also produced the first Military Standard Generator for the U.S. Army and partnered with the Army on the second generation Tactical Quiet Generators (TQGs) and today the third generation of standard generator sets, AMMPS.” 

Darren Wildman, America’s Operations Leader for Power Systems summed up the sentiment shared by all who work on this program by stating, “It’s been an honor to be of service to those who serve us unselfishly every day.”

Congratulations, and thank you to all employees who have contributed to this milestone. 

Colonel Adrian Marsh of the Department of Defense engages with Cummins employees who have worked on the AMMPS units.
Colonel Adrian Marsh of the Department of Defense engages with Cummins employees who have worked on the AMMPS units.
Cummins employees celebrate the 25,000th AMMPS unit produced in the Fridley, Minnesota plant.
Cummins employees celebrate the 25,000th AMMPS unit produced in the Fridley, Minnesota plant.

 

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Doreen Swanson, P.M.P.

Doreen is a veteran Program Manager and Account Lead who has successfully led the internal cross functional team through the development and testing of the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources (AMMPS) 5kW – 60kW generator sets. Doreen has over 25 years of experience in engineering, program management and account management, 21 of which have been with Cummins Inc.

Power Train Returns to Oman with Continuous Professional Development Accreditation

Specifically designed for electrical, mechanical and consulting engineers who design and specify generator installations, 102 attendees convened in Muscat, Oman for Power Train.
Specifically designed for electrical, mechanical and consulting engineers who design and specify generator installations, 102 attendees convened in Muscat, Oman for Power Train.

After two successful Power Train events in 2010 and 2012, Cummins distributor Universal Engineering Services LLC once again hosted the event in 2018 with over 100 industry professionals completing the training.

As a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited course, Power Train offers attendees CPD certification upon completion.

The two-day Generator Set Application and Installation Fundamentals course was held 5-6 December 2018 at the Grand Millennium in Muscat, Oman. The course is specifically designed for electrical, mechanical and consulting engineers who design and specify generator installations. The 102 attendees included representatives from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Health, Royal Oman Police, Royal Court Affairs, Tanweer (RAECO) and the Public Authority of Civil Aviation. Thirty engineers from various reputed consultancies also completed the training.

Now fully CPD accredited, this demonstrates the exceptional quality of training delivered by Cummins and UES to equip industry professionals with the knowledge and resources to lead in their respective fields.

“The focus is on complete integration,” said Rajgopal Shetty, UES Sales Manager. “As it has always been, this was purely a technical training event, and the knowledge base applies to all make of generators.”

For more information on Power Train and other professional development opportunities, visit cummins.com.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing. Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities. Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

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