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Residential & Commercial Generators-  Theos Electric can help you choose a generator to meet your specific needs!

If you live in Nevada City or Grass Valley Area during the winter, you can anticipate a few power outages. In years with heavy snowfall or storms with heavy wind and rain, extensive power outages occur. For some it is a mild inconvenience that may last part of a day with no internet or lights. For others in remote areas who are dependent on power for water, heat and food storage; it can be a major inconvenience and costly. Those expenses can range from throwing away a refrigerator/freezer full of food to staying at a hotel until power is restored. We have also experienced outages during the summer due to accidents and rolling brown outs. If you operate a business that relies on power to conduct business, it may mean losing your income stream. Another reason to consider installing a generator at your house is the threat of fire. Unfortunately, living in California means dealing with the threat of wild fires. Those of you who have lived here a long time, remember the horrible 49er Fire. It burned 33,500 acres and destroyed 144 homes and 219 other structures. If your home uses a well for water, losing power could mean also losing a good water supply to fight a fire. Of course, the decision to stay and fight a fire versus evacuating should be based on more than just having a generator. If you are new to living in the country, please educate yourself on wildfires. Many home and business owners are deciding to be prepared for these power outages by investing in a generator.

If you have decided to purchase a generator, you most likely have done a little research. There are two basic types of generators: standby and portable. A standby generator is permanently installed outside your house and hard wired into the electric system. It will power all of the house electric circuits or designated circuits during a power outage. Standby generators use propane or natural gas for fuel. Typically a standby generator will supply 8,000 to 25,000 watts of power (enough to power entire house).

A portable generator is a good option for people on a budget that want to operate one or two appliances during a power outage. A portable generator runs on gasoline. Never operate a portable generator inside for risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is recommended to operate a portable generator 10 feet away from the house. The generator must be shut off and cooled before refueling. DO NOT operate a portable generator using a homemade extension cord with two male pronged ends, connecting one to the generator and the other to a wall outlet receptacle. Sometimes information found on the internet or given by a friend can be deadly. This was taken off a do it yourself website:DO NOT DO THIS!!!!

"What I did... During a power outage, I cut off the main breaker (the one that powers the whole house). I then ran a 30amp cord from the generator to the dryer outlet. This will push 220volts into your entire house wiring system. I had to put a dryer plug onto the generator cord. Then I cut off every breaker in my box to ensure I only turned on the specific emergency items I needed such as the fridge, xbox, and internet :) BE CAREFULL, my generator was only 5000 watts. If you have a larger generator, you could burn out the wiring between the dryer and fuse panel. So don't try to turn on the whole house!  What I'm doing next... I'm going to install an oven plug, its a 4 prong 50amp external outlet. It is intended for ovens, but since it handles 50 amps, it will be plenty strong to handle the generator. So. I'll moun the plug near the fuse box, it will run to a small breaker box with a 30 amp breaker, that will get wired to the main fuse box. This way, I just cut off the main coming in from the street, plug in my generator, turn on the 30amp fuse (in the new breaker box) and I'll have reliable power going to the whole house. Once again, only turn on the essentials, a portable generator is not built to run the whole house."    Again, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE!!!!

Don't get electrocuted!!



Why is this dangerous?  First reason, the cord end that is not connected to the generator is going to have 220 volts running through it. If by accident this end is touched, it will shock that person. Secondly, if you forget to shut off the main disconnect breaker and there is a utility crew in your area working on down lines, you will be sending power back on the grid which could cause the workers to be shocked. Lastly, it could start a fire in older homes with weak or improper wiring.

Instead, use heavy duty exterior extension cords to plug appliances directly into the generator. A transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician is a safer alternative. This device is a specialized circuit breaker panel that isolates selected circuits to be powered. The transfer switch safely disconnects the utility power line to the house’s electrical system and opens a direct line to the generator and reverses the process when power is restored.

Theos Electric will help with buying the correct size generator based on your needs, wants and budget. Before contacting Theos Electric for a free estimate, please make a list of your expectations. What items will you power during an outage? Some examples: well pump, furnace or just small appliances and lights. Do you need a generator that will power your house whether you are there or not? The cost of a generator will vary greatly based on the list you provide. Theos Electric purchases Generac brand generators from our local electric supply house. It is a trusted brand. More information about Generac can be found on their website: http://www.generac.com 

Theos Electric can provide you with a rough estimate over the phone or by email but because each install varies, an onsite visit is required for an exact price. Please contact us today at (530)265-6362 or theoselectric@gamil.com


Power. Our lives depend on it. From everyday necessities like heating, cooling, refrigeration and lights, to daily essentials like cooking, laundry or kids’ bath times. Power outages are occurring more frequently than ever and lasting longer with devastating effects. Stand up to unpredictable weather and unforeseen outages with the most trusted name in residential standby power. If the power ever goes out, your Generac standby generator goes on - automatically - protecting you and your home 24/7.

17 KW Generac generator17 KW Generac standby generator installed by Theos Electric for DeMartini Spring Hill Pharmacy. When the power goes out, the pharmacists are able to continue dispensing prescriptions to their customers. Do you have a business that needs electricity to operate? Call Theos Electric today for more information on a standby generator and never feel powerless again.

generatorCombination automatic transfer switch with circuit distribution. 



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