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Can My Home Benefit From A Backup Generator?

Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast

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7/25/20 (running time 8-11AM)

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Outdoor Living Hour - Urban Farming with Greg Peterson

Urban Farm LogoFarmer Greg of the Urban Farm joins us to talk about #Composting in the desert!

We will also be taking your landscape and garden questions so give us a call!

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Homeowner Topic: Can My Home Benefit From A Back-Up Generator? With Certified Partner Fox Valley Electric

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Generators have always been popular in smaller rural communities, second homes in the mountains and with properties that are off the grid. But, with people working from home during the pandemic, we are more dependent on our homes than in the recent past. When electricity is interrupted it can be more than inconvenient!

Weekly Blog Article

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Homeowner Topic: Open Lines! 

Got a question? Call In! Chat with Rosie & Romey!

Weekly To-Do Topic: #FlashFlood - Monsoon season is here and with it the risk of Flash Flooding. Tune in to know what to watch for, and what to do if you get caught in one.

 

 

8:00AM - Outdoor Living Hour! The Urban Farm With Farmer Greg

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Farmer Greg of The Urban Farm talks about making your own rich compost!

Composting is known as thermophilic or hot composting.  It needs lots of organic matter.

Difference between non-regenerative and regenerative composting.   

How permaculture fits into composting.  Elements include chickens for nitrogen rich fertilizer, worms, black soldier flies, food scraps, leaf and greens.

How it takes 6 months to create a good compost pile.

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Healthy soil is the key to growing trees, gardens and other plants.

What are stacking functions.  Chickens provide fertilizer, eat bugs and weeds and good diggers.   Trees provide shade and leaf litter for composting. 

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Rosie's story of his struggling garden and the thriving plants in compost.

Farmer Greg discusses pit composting.  Digging a hole, putting your kitchen scraps in and cover up.  

Replicating a regenerative food forest.  Leaves from the trees, grass clippings all compost components.

The advantages of woody mulch in compost.  How you can get it at chip drop.com  Woody mulch keeps the ground moist using less water.  

The one thing about compost that is not true!

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CALLER:  What is the best way to sort the seeds out of table scraps to use for re-planting.  Farmer Greg has some ideas.

9:00AM - On The House Hour! Could You Benefit From A Home Generator!

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Randy Cole of Fox Valley Electric joined by Andrew Van Noy of Kohler discussing home generators.  How this backup power supply can benefit your home.

Reasons generators have gotten more attention include weather or accident related power outages, medical equipment operation, working from home and air condtioners.

Randy explains the NEC Calculation to determine the size of generator needed.

Generators runs on natural gas and propane.  Designed to automatically turn on once the utility power goes out.  Includes built in surge supressor.

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Randy explains how to get an initial assessment for a generator.  

Sizes range from 8 kilowatts to an average of 14 to 20 kilowatt generators for residental.

Cost of a generator.  Could you run off a generator during 'on peak' utility hours?

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Half of power outages are caused by natural hazards.  Typically in Arizona, there are a couple of seasonal hazards.  Monsoon storms and wildfires.

Randy mentions Fox Valley Electric's service area for Kohler generator assessments.

What are the power provider's role in a generator installation to the meter and electrical box.

How the residental generator 'exercises' automatically.   Alerts are sent if there is a problem.  Low maintenance.

Standard warranty by years and hours used.

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Sizing a generator example:  An 8 kilowatt is known as a stand by operation size.  But Andrew explains why you need a 'buffer' or bigger output of power to cover the size of the home.

Discussion of portable generators for on site events and camping.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour! Surge Protection & Listener Questions!

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Discussion of the APS program where they will pay you for them to control your thermostat.

The difference between a company who is a member of an organization who certifies a product and the actual product certification.

Bob Ross of Lightning Busters talks about Whole Home Surge protection.  How it works to protect surges from entering your home's electrical system.  And how INEXPENSIVE it is for installation.

TEXT:  Will whole home surge protection protect solar equipment?

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More with Bob Ross of Lightning Busters.  The cost of installing surge protection.

TEXT:  Is whole house surge protection in addition to lighning rods?

CALLER:  Has a recent replumb from a slab leak.  Noticed a wet spot in the dining room.  After inspection a hairline leak in the line from kitchen sink into laundry room.

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More with the previous caller on possible leak in the plumbing.  

CALLER:  Has a water hammering issue when the landscape irrigation goes on.

Most popular video at Rosie On The House:  Securing Double French Doors

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EMAIL:  When supercooling, why won't my house cool down to 72 degrees?

June saw the highest home sales in a month.

Kore Power is an energy storage manufacturing company.

Takeaways from the show.