“Sometimes a power outage can mean family fun — board games by flashlight. But that’s maybe one evening. Then when the kids start asking about TV and you don’t have Internet and your cell phones need recharging, it’s not so much fun.
And in the evening when you’re huddled around this propane heater — it’s one of those that’s supposedly safe indoors — it’s definitely not fun at all. You walk into a dark bedroom and out of habit flip on the light switch and … nothing.
That kind of sums it up. Things don’t work. The kids are getting kind of anxious. You wonder how cold it’s going to get, or how hot in the summer, and how long before you can take a hot shower.”
That’s George Mikuchonis of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania describing what happens during the first day of a power outage. And, unfortunately, he should know. When Mikuchonis and his wife moved back to their home state from a stay in Texas in 1999, their house-warming greeting was a five-day outage.
“We roughed it for days on pasta that we soaked in a pot of cold water,” says Mikuchonis. “Luckily we’re in town and the city water kept working so we could take a cold shower and flush toilets.”
But the ordeal lasted four more days, and Mikuchonis’ and his neighbors’ patience was especially tried by knowing that power was restored in some parts of town days before the lights came on in their neighborhood.
Mikuchonis vowed to be better prepared and replaced the electric stove with a gas version — at least they’d be able to cook during an outage.
But from 1999 to the present frequent outages continued; Mikuchonis says he can’t even remember how many times they’ve lost power.
“It’s a mystery to us why we lose power for two days or for an hour or why the lights flicker when the weather is fine — and we’re in town not out in the country,” says Mikuchonis.
After more outages, Mikuchonis replaced his electric hot water heater with a gas model — now the family could take hot showers during an outage. But then after two more unexplained outages in early October of 2012, Mikuchonis had had enough.
How did he decide on Kohler? “I went online and looked at everything I could find about generators — portables, whole house standby generators, the ratings and reviews of different manufacturers, the different units.
I crossed a portable off the list because a neighbor has a portable, and when he fires that up, the whole neighborhood knows about it — it’s very loud! Besides, I wanted a whole-house solution.
Then I started reading about standby generators and pretty much everything I read about a Kohler Generators was outstanding.”
When White visited the Mikuchonis residence to analyze their power needs, White suggested a Kohler 14RESA unit capable of powering the entire house — nothing bigger was needed.
Mikuchonis looked up the model online and found that the Kohler 14RESA had been named one of the “Hot 50 Products of 2010” by Green Builder magazine and that Kohler was rated the highest quality brand of home generators in both 2009 and 2010 in an independent brand study sponsored by Builder Magazine. “That was it for me!” says Mikuchonis.
Critical Systems installed the Kohler home generator the following Saturday, just in time for Hurricane Sandy to knock out power in Stroudsburg about two days later.
More than one million people in Pennsylvania lost power, some for over a week.
“But here at the Mikuchonis household the Kohler kicked in, and in about ten seconds we had full power — lights, AC, full kitchen and bathroom, laundry … absolutely everything! And it’s clean power for computers, the Internet, we even had satellite TV. I was shocked,” says Mikuchonis.
“It’s quiet power, too — we can barely even hear the generator running. It’s like a lawnmower in the back yard, but muffled.”
If the Mikuchonis still had the electric stove and hot water heater, the home generator could have run those, too. “We should have bought a Kohler years ago,” says Mikuchonis.
The only complication was Mikuchonis’ feeling of guilt that his neighbors were without power. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he installed a Kohler generator next,” says Mikuchonis of his good neighbor.
“Maybe in the years to come we’ll all install Kohlers, and we can become the street in Stroudsburg that always has power!”
Critical Systems Generator Services is a power generation company that specializes in back-up generator planning, site preparation, service and rental power solutions. Their network of electricians are equipped with technology and resources to provide emergency service 24/7.
They service all of Northeast Pennsylvania & New Jersey and specialize in remote locations, such as; cell & radio towers, hunting cabins, homes and pump stations.