We have talked about high efficiency exterior walls, triple pane windows, insulated basements, and Cold Climate Heat Pumps; all designed to keep you warm and snuggly in the winter and cool as a cucumber in the summer.
All that sounds just perfect and should work as an integrated system very efficiently. Green Mountain Power along with the other utilities do an excellent job of delivering power to Vermont and that power is distributed to all of our homes via The Grid. All this sounds very technical and sophisticated which it is. There are stations, sub-stations, power plants, generating stations, transformers, wires, poles, and meters all within a huge system that powers America.
However............, every once in a while Mother Nature enters the picture and disrupts our best laid plans. Wind, snow, ice, floods, falling trees, and a myriad of other factors all contribute to an occasional power outage. All of us at one time or another have experiences a power outage. I remember years ago our power went out; we waited for two days to call the power company. Our logic was that everyone was calling and our call would only be a nuisance to the power company, so we patiently waited. Well, we patiently waited until everything got very cold, the frozen food started to thaw and go bad, the toilets didn't work because we had no water, the darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon was no longer romantic, the kids were screaming, we had put into service every blanket, and basically life was just plain miserable.
Finally at the end of day two I called and politely asked, "...I'm wondering when to expect power to be restored." The answer came back, "...oh? We aren't aware of any outages! I'll send a crew out immediately!" We were thrilled! Within less than one-half-hour the truck was at the end of the driveway and "poof" the power was restored just like magic.
Obviously I walked out to the truck and asked what was wrong. The lineman politely pointed to a "vaporized" Grey Squirrel that had short circuited the transformer and blown out a fuse. It was a 2 minute fix and our home was lovely again.
Here at Vermont Modular we are delivering a home with a Cold Climate Heat Pump for heating and cooling. Obviously the house also has lighting, refrigeration, TV, water well, and all the other electronic gadgetry we have all come to know and love. So, rather than deal with Grey Squirrels or Mother Nature's fury we are installing a whole house backup Generator that is fired by Propane Gas.
This whole house generator will be fully integrated in the home's energy capabilities. So, when the power goes out in the middle of the night while the winds are howling and the cold is slapping at the door, you will experience a momentary laps of power while the generator kick in and restores power to the entire home. If it is the middle of the night you will probably never know until breakfast time when you notice that the clock on the microwave is blinking. For me that is always the fail safe way telling me somewhere in the night the power went out.
Call us at Vermont Modular, we can and will build you a new home that takes care of you all year long.