Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

When a power outage strikes while you’re at home, you could face up to 81 minutes of silence, inconvenience and disconnection from the digital world.1

People choose to fill this time in a variety of ways – in fact, respondents in a 2016 survey conducted by Cummins revealed they would pass the time by napping, playing games, reading, connecting with someone special, or simply enjoying the quiet. 

But what happens if you’re away from home? You may not even be aware your home has lost power, sending vital appliances and security systems offline. Food may spoil in the refrigerator, irrigation systems will stop watering the lawn, automatic timers will stop turning on and off the lights that are making your home look occupied.

There are numerous tips available online to determine if you experienced a power outage during your time away from home. If you travel frequently, your best bet is a home standby generator that powers on automatically, the moment an outage strikes. 

Getting ready to head out of town? In her first blog post for Cummins, Donna Hull share tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Donna writes about active travel for Baby Boomers on her award-winning blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomers Guide to Travel. Her favorite travel experiences include hiking in U.S. National Parks and exploring the world on small ship luxury cruises. She knows a thing or two about preparing your home for vacation.

Vacation is a time to relax and recharge. Ease your mind while you’re away and use Donna’s tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Then take a trip over to homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about home standby generators, from the in-home assessment through to installation.

Read More: My Itchy Travel Feet - "17 Tips for Preparing Your Home for an Extended Vacation

1. Average outage duration as reported by Eaton’s 2017 Annual Power Outage Report

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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 Quality Stands Tall For High-Rise Shopping Mall and Apartment Complex in Lahore

A 7 MW Cummins power system forms the standby power supply for the Goldcrest Mall & Residency in Lahore, Pakistan.
A 7 MW Cummins power system forms the standby power supply for the Goldcrest Mall & Residency in Lahore, Pakistan.

When a real estate firm developing a 1.3 million ft2 high-rise in Pakistan's vibrant city of Lahore required a reliable power supply backup, it turned to Cummins for its brand reputation synonymous with quality and holistic support from local authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems Pvt Ltd (OES).

A 7 MW Cummins power system forms the standby power supply for the mixed-use complex known as Goldcrest Mall & Residency, which has two floors of shopping, two floors of entertainment and 10 floors of contemporary residential apartments. With property high in demand, DHA Lahore and Giga Group through their joint venture Mazyood Giga DHA Lahore Emerald Ltd. teamed up on this development to cater to Pakistan’s elite. Lahore is known as Pakistan’s education capital and is also the center of the entertainment industry.

With continuous follow-up from start to finish and the highest-quality product at the best price, Cummins delivered a standby power system consisting of three generator sets (1 X C900D5, 3 X C1675D5 and 1 X C2250D5). Advanced control systems and less fuel consumption save the customer both time and money.

Cummins was also selected as the standby power supplier for the DHA Business Hub, the first of its kind in Lahore.

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.

Vodafone’s Office in Turkey Supplied with Pair of Cummins Generator Sets Operating in Parallel

As space was limited due to the building design, the two containerized Cummins C2250 D5 units were installed with one placed on top of the other outside the building of Vodafone’s Ankara, Turkey office.
As space was limited due to the building design, the two containerized Cummins C2250 D5 units were installed with one placed on top of the other outside the building of Vodafone’s Ankara, Turkey office.

Turkey’s capital city of Ankara is also home to the local headquarters of Vodafone. With more than 500 million customers worldwide, Vodafone is one of the largest telecommunication service providers in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and is also one of the top providers in Turkey. Headquartered in London, Vodafone has local offices in Ankara along with Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.

Cummins Turkey provided two Cummins C2250 D5 generator sets for the first and second phases of Vodafone’s office remodel project in Ankara, providing 4,500 kVA of standby power to meet additional power requirements of the building project. As space was limited due to the building design, the two containerized units were installed with one placed on top of the other outside the building. The generator sets operate in parallel. Depending on the situation of the load, one of them stays open as they are synchronized.

The Ankara office includes administrative services and a customer service center for the Central Anatolia region, which is Turkey’s second largest region and situated in the center of the country.

Authorized service and sales dealer AET assisted with each step of the project, from sales to installation and commissioning. A solid relationship established between Cummins and the contracting firm from previous business played an important part in continuing the partnership with this Ankara office project. 
 

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]

Cummins Technology and Innovation are Powering A World That’s Always On at Middle East Electricity 2019

With a power density of up to 2.0 MW from a 78L engine, which will be displayed on stand at Middle East Electricity, the HSK78G series offers reliable power no matter how extreme the fuel source or operating conditions.
With a power density of up to 2.0 MW from a 78L engine, which will be displayed on stand at Middle East Electricity, the HSK78G series offers reliable power no matter how extreme the fuel source or operating conditions.

Cummins Inc. will be introducing the new HSK78G natural gas generator series during the Middle East Electricity at the Dubai World Trade Center March 5-7, stand S3.D30.

With a power density of up to 2.0 MW from a 78L engine, which will be displayed on stand, the HSK78G series offers reliable power no matter how extreme the fuel source or operating conditions. This new series represents a bold step into the natural gas area for Cummins, showcasing new technology in a new engine that pushes new levels of efficiency, transient performance and gas variation well beyond former natural gas generators. 

The HSK78G generator models are suitable for a diverse set of industries from mining to manufacturing to shopping malls and hospitals, and have been designed to operate in extreme conditions while achieving a low total cost of ownership. The HSK78G models run cleaner whilst delivering a high electrical efficiency up to 44.2 percent (50 Hz) and 43.5 percent (60 Hz) on a wide range of pipeline natural gas down to 70 methane number (MN) without impacting power and efficiency output. 

Alongside the physical HSK78G engine showcased on stand, an interactive touchscreen will be available, allowing visitors to explore the complete HSK78G generator model in 360-degree mode, while learning more about the key features and benefits of this new series.

To complement this display, visitors will be able to step into the HSK78G Experience Pod room, which will take them through a journey of different extreme and urban environments from blistering hot deserts to cityscape settings to highlight the extreme capability of the HSK78G series.

For 100 years, Cummins’ technology has powered success around the world. The company’s comprehensive portfolio delivers innovative power projects and solutions for unique power needs. On stand, visitors will be able to discover a range of the company’s latest products, systems and components - all built with the quality and reliability that comes only from Cummins. 

The C2250D5 cut-away generator set will be showcased, available at 2250 kVA and powered by the heavy-duty Cummins diesel QSK60 HPI engine. This model delivers reliable power and fast response to load changes, making it an ideal choice for the commercial and industrial and data center markets.

The new 4BTAA3.3-G14 Coolpac generator set is the latest addition to the Cummins medium-duty B3.3 engine series. The Coolpac package performs well under severe duty cycle applications and has environmentally friendly exhaust emissions, 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) cooling capability, low noise and high-power output per litre for best-in-class reliability.

The Cummins ‘There is a Difference’ kiosk showcased on stand will be displaying a four-minute video analyzing the critical differences in quality and performance between Genuine Cummins and non-genuine parts. 

Cummins is also displaying the Digital Master Control (DMC) 8000 remote monitoring simulator, a fully automatic, distributed logic controller suitable for remote applications, making it easier for users to integrate and adapt their varying power needs. The new DMC system can control diverse power sources such as solar, generator set and wind. With available remote access and monitoring, users can securely access the control system and view up to 90 days of data logging at anytime, anywhere. 

Alongside the DMC display, the Cummins Load Control Module (LCM) will be showcased. A load management controller, the LCM regulates loads on standby generators to maximize their power potential via a smart and cost-effective package deal for the light commercial building industry. On stand visitors will be able to experience a simulation in real-time of how all system components are monitored.

Find out more about Middle East Electricity 2019.

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]

Alaskan Family Safely Endures 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake with Help from Cummins Generators

At 8:30 a.m. on November 30, 2018, a violent 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, causing roads to collapse, walls to crack, power lines to fall and people to take cover.

While earthquakes are not uncommon in Alaska, the November tremor was the strongest to hit Alaska since 1964. It caused damage across the region – homes and buildings were damaged, roads and bridges were closed, fires erupted, and 32,000 people were left without power. To compound an already treacherous situation, the weather in Alaska in November can be unpredictable with temperatures frequently reaching subzero and only six to eight hours of daylight.

The Gorlick family of Big Lake, Alaska, a small lakeside community north of Anchorage, was one of the many affected by the powerful quake. Their home’s foundation dropped four inches from the impact. Their 100-foot steel boat dock twisted like a rubber band, and pilings lifted completely out of the frozen lake. Inside the Gorlick's home, pictures flew off the walls, shelves were left damaged or completely destroyed, the refrigerator toppled over, and dozens of family heirlooms and antiques were lost forever. In addition, the earthquake caused hundreds of cracks in the home's walls, left the home with severe foundation issues, and resulted in sidewalks in desperate need of repair.

The fear of reoccurring earthquakes haunted the family afterward. 

Despite the damage, the Gorlick’s power remained on with the help of two Cummins 20 kW home generators. One generator protected the home, while the other protected a detached workshop garage. After the earthquake caused the Gorlick's power to go out, the generators did their job and restored power to the home within just 10 seconds. This allowed the family to safely navigate their three-story dwelling, which was littered with glass shards, debris and other objects that would have otherwise made getting out of the house extremely difficult.

Other homes in the area didn't fare as well. Without power, some neighbors suffered from frozen and burst pipes, loss of water due to inoperable wells, and relied on flashlights to navigate in their homes. So the Gorlick's did what any good neighbors would do, opening their doors and providing their neighbors a safe and warm retreat until power was restored.

Anchorage Alaska Earthquake - Cummins Home Generators
The two Cummins Home Generators that provided backup power less than 10 seconds after the earthquake hit can be seen just outside the Gorlick's home. 

"I never expected an earthquake, but disasters happen. When the earthquake hit, our Cummins generators did their job flawlessly for nearly 20 hours until the outage was over and utility power was stable," said homeowner Terry Gorlick. 

While the initial earthquake happened in November, there have since been multiple aftershocks causing additional outages, and the generators have continued to operate.

"Being able to have heat, lights, the stove and refrigerator – while keeping my family and pets safe and comfortable – was worth every penny I spent."

Unlike hurricanes and snow storms, earthquakes can hit anywhere and without warning, causing fires, tsunamis, landslides, avalanches and infrastructure damage including power outages. A home standby generator, such as a Cummins QuietConnect, turns on automatically to protect your family in the event of a power outage, maintaining power to your entire home or just select appliances, lights, equipment such as sump pumps, wells, heating and air conditioning, and security systems. 

"As the former owner of an industrial company, I’ve used Cummins engines and generators professionally, so when I went to buy a generator for my home, I knew I wanted a Cummins," Gorlick added. "People don’t truly understand the importance of having a strong service and support network standing behind your generator. I was quite impressed with the Cummins distributor throughout the purchase and installation process and am more impressed following the earthquake. The service from Cummins has been fantastic...being a Cummins customer is like being part of the Cummins family."

Take the next steps in protecting your family by scheduling an in-home assessment with a Cummins-authorized dealer today. 

Additional Resources: 

Cummins Home Generators - Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Cummins Home Generators - Winter Storm Season Preparedness Tips
Cummins Home Generators - Portable or Standby Generator: Which Generator Is Right For You? 
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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.

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