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, 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.

Cummins Unveils its Latest 500 kVA Generator Sets at African event

Cummins demonstrated its 500 kVA generator sets to delegates from across the sector
Cummins demonstrated its 500 kVA generator sets to delegates from across the sector.

Cummins’ East Africa joint venture has launched generator sets powered by the QSX15G8 engine to customers in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cummins Car & General, the Kenyan joint venture between Cummins and its established distributor in the country, has demonstrated 500 kVA generator sets powered by QSX15G8 engines to selected consultants, contractors and customers. The event in Nairobi drew an attendance of more than 90, including representatives from electrical, mechanical and plumbing consultants, contractors, customers from defence forces, banks, parastatal representatives, oil industry players, dealers and staff.

Car & General Group CEO Vijay Gidoomal (left) celebrates the launch with Colonel Olwende of Kenya Defence Forces
Car & General Group CEO Vijay Gidoomal (left) celebrates the launch with Colonel Olwende of Kenya Defence Forces

The 500 kVA generator sets, which are manufactured in China, feature a number of advantages including reduced noise levels, efficient fuel consumption, automatic synchronizing, and remote monitoring which allows customers to keep an eye on the performance of the generator from a different location.

This was a first-time event, designed to keep customers informed of new product developments and changes within Cummins, including improved specifications, and reinforcing the Cummins reputation for quality and availability. “Events like this help us to grow market share when we meet new and existing customers on a one on one basis,” commented Surajit Choudhury, Cummins C&G’s General Manager.

Three major topics covered during the event were the East Africa Joint Venture, the history of Cummins, and production at the plant in China. The presentations were by Cummins C&G General Manager Surajit Choudhury, Regional Sales Director B.S. Balaji, and Regional Sales Leader Usama Yousaf respectively.

Car & General is the full-line distributor business for Cummins in 11 countries:  Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, South Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea and Burundi. 

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.

Building a Disaster-Proof Smart Home

The Smart Home

When thinking about the logistics of building a smart home, it’s important to keep in mind all areas of your home and how they impact your everyday life. Is your home up-to-date with technology?

Do you know what you need to keep your family safe year-round? Being strategic when upgrading your home will make living easier after the renovations are complete. 

There is no better time than now to upgrade your home. Picking out the right tools and services for your smart homes can protect you and your family from pending storms and natural disasters that can knock out power for days, even weeks. 

In his newest blog post, Eric Murrell, founder of the smart home and technology blog “At Home in the Future,” shares key tips on what to keep in mind when building your smart home. Learn more on Eric's blog: Building a Disaster Proof Smart Home. 


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Eric Murrell

Eric Murrell is the founder of the smart home and technology blog “At Home in the Future” and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He’s a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. In Nashville,  he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods. 

Chile Hosts Cummins Power Systems Latin America Conference For The First Time

Conference presentations addressed the future of the region
Conference presentations addressed the future of the region

A conference in Santiago, Chile has deepened distributor relationships and helped Cummins Power Systems spread the word throughout 16 Latin American countries.


Cummins Power Systems Latin America held a distributors conference for the first time in Chile. The event, held May 21-24 in Santiago, was attended by more than 80 representatives from 20 distributors in 16 Latin American countries. 

The theme for four days of presentations, workshops and debates was entitled "Embracing the Future." Past and Future of Power Generation, Power Generation Growth in Latin America, Distributed Generation, Controls and Systems, Marketing, Aftermarket and Digital, Prime, Standby, Data Center and Order Management were just some of the presentations given by leaders of Power Systems global and Latin America.

The event also featured presentations of successful projects in distributors’ countries, and a Next Steps Workshop where participants were divided by regions (Brazil, Mexico, BUPA, NSA, WSA and Central America) to discuss future ideas and needs in Latin America. The conference closed with a dinner party at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the city of Santiago de Chile, not to mention a visit to the winery Cousiño Macul where participants could learn about the production of Chilean wines – and sample them.

Distributor representatives came in from across Latin America

Distributor representatives came in from across Latin America

Distributor response was overwhelmingly positive. Juliana Passos, director of Brazilian distributor DCCO, said the conference exceeded her expectations and encouraged participants to think “out of the box” and experiment with new practices in search of continuous improvement. Eduardo Castrillon, General Manager of Colombian distributor Tecnodiesel, said the conference was positive and productive.

For Andreas Wiener, director of Indusur, distributor from Ecuador, the experience of sharing time with Cummins was a motivator. It allowed distributors to understand global energy market trends and be more familiar with Power Systems products and brands, he said, adding: “This has given us a path to greater alignment with Cummins.”

Fabio Balesteros, Power Systems Latin America’s Aftermarket Solutions manager, concluded: “For me, the event was a milestone in Cummins history. For the first time we gathered all Latin America Distributors and leading Power Systems leaders, discussing not only how we are today, but also debating the company’s strategies for the future.” 

Fabiana Menezes

Fabiana is the Corporate Communications Specialist for Cummins Power Systems Latin America. She graduated in Journalism and has pursued a career in Corporate Communications with ten years' experience at multinational companies from different sectors. She joined the company in February, 2018. 

Cummins Customers, Distributors and Employees from Brazil Attend Fly-In Power Seminar

Group members attend the Fly-In Power Seminar in Minneapolis
Group members attend the Fly-In Power Seminar in Minneapolis

The diverse mix of 20 customers, managers and distributors from Brazil who attended the 2018 Fly-In Power Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota, incidentally set an unexpected record. 


Cummins Power Systems brought together a group of 20 individuals from Brazil for the company's 2018 Fly-In Power Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the end of April. The group comprised a balance of members, including representatives of distributors, customers from across a variety of segments, and members of the Power Systems Latin America team.

Fly-In Power Seminars provide technical knowledge and learning tools relevant to the power generation industry by country. The training is conducted by Cummins engineers and experts and aims to improve participants’ professional development and connect them to the latest information and technologies that contribute to more reliable and economical energy projects and systems.

The program included a tour of the Cummins Power Systems Plant, a walk-through of various production lines, live demonstrations of Cummins power systems – including paralleling, simulation and remote monitoring – and a visit to the acoustic center in Shoreview. 

This year’s Fly-In was a chance to show Brazilian customers how Cummins values team work globally, according to Kyn Barbosa, Application Engineer for Power Systems Latin America.

“It was a great opportunity to get to know more about Cummins, to get closer to other areas and, especially, to understand how we can better help our customers through our work”, she said.

Cummins Brazil 2018 Fly-In
A group of 20 individuals from Brazil - including customers, distributors and Cummins employees - attended Cummins' 2018 Fly-In Power Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

For the first time, the majority of the group for this year’s Fly-In were women, who outnumbered the men by 11 to nine. Luciana Giles, Cummins Latin America’s Director of Marketing and Communications, commented: “It was a privilege to have the presentations and the presence of so many female engineers. The gender diversity we have in our organization contributes to a superior outcome and brings different visions to the business." 

For Patrícia Freitas, Equinix Infrastructure buyer, the Fly-In experience has contributed to her work and allowed her to appreciate the quality of Cummins products.

“It was surprising from start to finish," Freitas said. "It was amazing to see the factory, equipment assembly line and acoustic testing center, and interact with the fantastic Cummins team and with the other participants from different companies. It was great to know how important it is to have Cummins on our list of partners. Thank you for the opportunity." 

Fabiana Menezes

Fabiana is the Corporate Communications Specialist for Cummins Power Systems Latin America. She graduated in Journalism and has pursued a career in Corporate Communications with ten years' experience at multinational companies from different sectors. She joined the company in February, 2018. 

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