Has spring come early? Do you believe Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions for a new generator in 2020? Are you pushing off a decision to buy a new generator until tomorrow?

Here’s a fact that may surprise you. In all 117 years making predictions, Groundhog Phil’s been wrong 65% of the time. By comparison, Farmers’ Almanac – with 80% accuracy predicts the Washington to Boston corridor will experience colder-than-normal temperatures in March. And, cold temperatures, heavy snows and high winds lead to widespread power outages.

When you rely on Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions for a new generator in 2020, you’re risking your family’s safety when disaster strikes.

Severe weather is the #1 cause of damage to the overhead electric distribution grid despite today’s advanced planning and state-of-the-art research and technology predicting storms. UConn Outage Prediction Model (OPM), when combined with Eversource to pre-stage crews and expedite power restorations only gives a three-day advanced picture of a storm’s anticipated impact. 

And another source: The National Weather Service which celebrated a milestone 150th Anniversary on February 9, 2020. Its’ motto is “protecting life and property for 150 years” and that definitely gives us peace of mind. Meteorologists depend on the National Weather Service to forecast blizzards, hurricanes and tornadoes and they claim their predictions offer us 80% accuracy when it comes to predicting weather.

Yet another reliable organization for weather, The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gives people a week-by-week outlook for each region of the country, as in this example below:

Mar 9-12 Rain to snow, then colder
Mar 23-28 Showers, warm
Mar 13-22 Snowstorm, then flurries, cold
March 29-31 Rain and wet snow
2020 Source: NOAA Data

Please circle March 13-22 on your calendar. If you’ve decided to push off buying a generator and you live in the Northeast, remember Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions for a new generator in 2020 puts you and your family at risk when disaster strikes. And, we haven’t even gotten to hurricane season yet!

Northeast Generator is a reliable resource for all your generator needs. Give us a call today at (800) 972-4264. We’re here to help before, during and after any storm.


What’s the best generator for your boat?

Are you confused about a generator for your boat? Are your concerns about having enough power or too much noise and fuel consumption? You’re not alone…at Northeast Generator we hear questions like these every day!

What’s the right size generator for your boat?
#1 – Small boat: Like all pieces of boating equipment, size and type of generator for your boat depends on how it’s being used. If you want to take it to a beach to keep drinks cold in a fridge or to run a sound system, a portable gasoline unit weighing 50 pounds is ideal. These small units are usually quiet and can be carried for safety, such as when your boat needs a battery charge during an emergency.

#2 – Medium boat: If power tools are part of your boat’s repair and maintenance plan…such as running a welding machine on a metal boat, a generator for your boat with output of at least 5kW will be necessary.

#3 – Large boat: A generator for your boat that has 12.5kW will produce equal power as in a small land-based home or condo. It will also enable normal electrical equipment to be operated all at once. Bigger boats with air conditioning and electric stoves, ovens, and refrigeration might require 15-20kW.

And…what about wattage? If you’re thinking about adding a new generator to your boat, first figure out its intended maximum electrical load. A good rule of thumb is electric heaters, refrigerators and freezers usually require 1,500 watts but when run all at the same time, a generator unit with 4.5kW is needed. Don’t forget about the microwave, electric cook top, water heater and any other type of electronics when assessing the correct size generator for your boat.

Northeast Generator is happy to help people in the boating world make the right selection before buying. Please give us a call anytime with your questions (203) 336-3031.