5 Maintenance Tasks to Keep Your Backup Generator Running

Posted on May 15, 2017
Owning a backup generator is a sensible move for any homeowner, and if you have made the decision to purchase a generator, then you should feel good about your choice. However, if you want your generator to be ready when you need it, then it is important to remember that backup generators do require some maintenance. There are a variety of important maintenance steps that should be performed on a regular basis to ensure reliable operation. Below are a list of these important items and what... Read more

3 Important Tips When Choosing Your Standby Generator Size

Posted on March 13, 2017
If you don't have a degree in electrical engineering, it can be downright difficult to perform all of the calculations necessary to figure out which size standby generator is the right fit for your home. It doesn't help that electrical loads can be measures in amps, volts or tons. The bottom line when choosing a properly sized generator is knowing how much power you normally consume during an average day. Armed with this knowledge, you must decide which of your systems, appliances, and... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

Michigan Third in Most Power Outages in 2013

Posted on January 23, 2015
According to power management company Eaton, in 2013 California (for the fifth year running) topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. Eaton’s Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the U.S. and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused... Read more

Choosing the Right Generator

Posted on November 9, 2014
In the past, it was rare for a homeowner to have a backup generator to keep things running when a power outage occurred. But growing demand, cheaper technology and affordable pricing have put the purchase of residential generators more within reach for homeowners. For example, Generac recently debuted a baseline built-in generator that costs less than $2,000, not including installation. A less powerful generator would have cost about $8,000 20 years ago. If you’re considering investing in a... Read more

Oak Electric Can Help You Choose Your Residential Generator

Posted on September 16, 2014
With some 3.5 million Americans left without power in any given week, it’s no surprise that more American households are installing generators to help them keep living normally when the power goes out. Before you go shopping for a generator, take time to decide what the systems are in your home that you want or need to back up—refrigerator, furnace, air conditioner, etc. This will help you determine the type of generator that’s right for you. Oak Electric Service provides quality... Read more

Some Facts About the U.S. Electrical Grid

Posted on April 9, 2014
The U.S. electric grid delivers electricity to more than 144 million end-use customers in the United States. Construction of the grid was started in the late 1880s and continues today. About 70 percent of the grid’s transmission lines and power transformers are now over 25 years old; the average age of power plants is over 30 years. As most of us know, the U.S. electric grid is highly vulnerable to severe weather, which is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003... Read more

Oak Electric for Your Electrical Needs—And More

Posted on March 16, 2014
When Oak Electric Service says we are a full-service electrical contractor, we mean it. We have over 30 years of collective experience as residential, commercial and industrial electrical contractors. Oak Electric serves more than 8,000 customers in southeast Michigan with a wide range of electrical and renewable energy solutions, including: 24-hour emergency service Automatic standby and backup generators—sales, installation, service and parts for major generator manufacturers General... Read more

Carbon Monoxide and Portable Generator Use

Posted on March 9, 2014
If you have a home or small business portable generator, a primary hazard to avoid when using it is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that weakens the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to organs and body tissues. People often don’t know they are breathing CO and poisoning can occur in minutes. Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, severe headache, weakness, nausea and confusion. If you... Read more

What You Need to Know About Your Generator

Posted on February 9, 2014
Okay, you’ve got your standby generator installed and up and running. To keep your peace of mind intact over time, there are a few things you should know about living with your generator. As with any major appliance, simple maintenance is required. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. As one of Southeast Michigan’s leading generator dealers and installers, Oak Electric offers instructions on our website on how... Read more

Oak Electric Has Cold-Weather Accessories for Your Generator

Posted on January 23, 2014
With over 3,000 generator installations in southeast Michigan to our credit, Oak Electric knows generators. We are the only Premier Generac Dealer in southeast Michigan. In addition to generator sales, service and installation, we are also your source for generator parts and accessories. Included in our generator parts selection are some products to keep your generator operating in cold weather, including the following: The Nexus Wireless Monitor—This battery-operated wireless unit provides... Read more

The Benefits of Indoor Generators

Posted on December 9, 2013
Indoor generators are backup or uninterruptible power supply systems designed specifically for indoor use during power outages. They utilize battery-produced alternating current to instantly back up essential electric appliances in the event of the loss of grid power. Oak Electric is a supplier of The Indoor Generator™, ideal for powering critical appliances or systems in your home or business, such as alarm systems, aquariums, computer equipment, fans, refrigerators and freezers, garage... Read more

Monitor Your Generator Remotely

Posted on November 9, 2013
As one of Southeast Michigan’s leading standby generator providers, Oak Electric is pleased to announce that you can now monitor your generator remotely, for the ultimate in peace of mind. Mobile Link is the new cellular remote monitoring system from Generac. It lets you check on your standby generator’s status, or receive timely notifications when something is needed—using your computer,tablet or smartphone. When your generator experiences a change in status, Mobile Link sends an... Read more

Tips for Safe, Effective Portable Generator Use

Posted on August 5, 2013
Generator manufacturer Generac has been designing and manufacturing backup power generators for residential, commercial and industrial applications since 1959. Their product line includes rugged, dependable portable generators designed to deliver power wherever you are—from tailgate parties to construction sites. With sizes up to 17500 watts, you can take your power with you wherever you need it. Following are some basic tips from Generac for the safe operation of portable... Read more

Determine the Best Size Generator for Your Home

Posted on May 15, 2013
As the only Premier Generac Dealer in Southeast Michigan, Oak Electric can assist you in choosing the right size Generac generator for your needs and lifestyle. You can begin by envisioning your home without power and determining the things you and your family would miss most during an outage. Next, we can look at systems Generac has tailored for different levels of coverage—Essential Circuit Coverage, Managed Whole House Coverage and Complete Whole House Coverage. Essential Circuit... Read more

Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with Commercial Backup Power

Posted on March 8, 2013
If you are considering backup generation for your business, Oak Electric Service has over 3,000 residential and commercial generator installations to our credit in Southeast Michigan. Losing power for even a few hours can mean thousands of dollars in lost revenue to your business. That’s why keeping your business open with a Generac commercial power system can be a real competitive advantage. As a Generac Authorized dealer, Oak Electric brings you peace of mind with a full line of reliable... Read more

Oak Electric is a Premier Dealer for Generac

Posted on February 8, 2013
Oak Electric is pleased to have been named the only Generac Premier Dealer in southeast Michigan. Receiving this distinction from the Generac Corporation acknowledges that we have met the qualifications and high standards of this leading generator manufacturer. As part of Generac’s trusted network of certified dealers, we are committed to delivering the highest customer satisfaction in the sales, service and installation of Generac standby and backup generators for our residential and... Read more

Oak Electric—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... Read more

Thank You for Being an Oak Electric Customer

Posted on December 22, 2012
Well, 2012 is almost behind us and as we look back on the year, we feel compelled to extend a warm “thank you” to all of the residential and commercial customers who chose Oak Electric as their electrical services provider this past year. Locally owned and operated, Oak Electric serves metro Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan. Our work ranges  from solar panel and wind power systems installation to standby generator sales, installation and service to the full range of commercial and... Read more

Give the Gift of Power This Holiday

Posted on December 5, 2012
Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts we can give are those that will make someone’s life a little easier. This season, why not give loved ones the "gift of power"? Following are some gift suggestions sure to “brighten” someone’s day. Pay a portion of someone’s utility bill. DTE Energy’s Gift of Energy Program is a great way to make life a little easier for relatives living on a fixed income or kids living away from home. To give a Gift of Energy, fill out the form and mail it in... Read more

Consider an Indoor Backup Generator from Oak Electric

Posted on November 25, 2012
Oak Electric is one of Southeast Michigan’s leading providers of backup generator systems for residential and commercial use. We want to be sure you know about The Indoor Generator Backup Power System™—just one of the many generator options we offer. The Indoor Generator Backup Power System is a great solution for business and home owners alike, apartment complexes, and condominiums. It’s affordable, does not require gas, is rechargeable and quiet. It is designed for use indoors when... Read more

Growing Electricity Demand Drives Residential Generator Market

Posted on November 5, 2012
Residential generator use is on the rise globally, spurred in great part by an unprecedented increase in consumer demand for clean, abundant, reliable electricity in the residential sector. The result is a rise in the frequency and number of electricity grid failures leading to power outages. In addition to power outages and changing lifestyles as drivers for the growth of the residential generator market, the growing affordability of generators is becoming a major factor pushing consumers... Read more

Call Oak Electric for All of Your Electrical Projects

Posted on September 22, 2012
Whether you are experiencing an electrical issue or just want to check out your electrical system and whether you are a residential or commercial customer, Oak Electric Service can help. A preferred vendor for DTE Energy, we have been providing comprehensive electrical services for the industrial, commercial and residential markets in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan since 1999. Here’s just a sampling of the services we offer: General electrical work, including troubleshooting and... Read more

Useful Information About Automatic Standby Generators

Posted on August 22, 2012
Oak Electric has over 3,000 generator installations to its credit in Michigan. We offer generators of all types from major generator manufacturers, including sales, rental, service and installation. Here are some things to consider regarding automatic standby generators. An automatic standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box.... Read more

Oak Electric Financing Options for Generator and Solar Projects

Posted on July 17, 2012
If you are interested in installing solar power or a generator system at your home or business, Oak Electric now offers a number of financing options to move your project from wish list to reality. With financing options designed to meet virtually any need, we will help you choose a financing plan for your generator or solar purchase that’s right for you. Here’s a sample of what Oak Electric offers: Convenient, same-as-cash financing No money down No payments or interest with deferred... Read more

Storm Season Safety Reminder

Posted on June 16, 2012
It isn’t even summer yet and many Michiganders have already endured power outages due to storms that have knocked down power lines and utility poles. Here a few tried and true tips for weathering another storm season: Have on hand a portable radio, flashlights and fresh batteries. Know where your electric circuit box is located in your home and know how to turn the power on and off. Before reporting an outage to your electric utility provider, be sure to check if you have a blown fuse or... Read more

Oak Electric Is Your Source for Generator Parts

Posted on May 2, 2012
When it comes to backup or standby generator systems, Oak Electric does it all—sales, service, installation, rental and maintenance. And now, we are pleased to be your source in metro Detroit for a wide range of parts and accessories for residential and commercial standby generators for leading generator brands, including Generac, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler and GE. Best of all, you can now order your parts online on the Oak Electric website at: www.oakelectric.com. Our online generator... Read more