Utilities Backup

What’s the most Important Power Outage Necessity?

Often people ask us at VIP Solutions… What are some of the things I might miss when preparing a kit for an emergency?
Here in Michigan, staying warm during a cold winter is a necessity if the grid shuts off, or anything unforeseeable happens. Having a couple of tricks in your bag to start an easy fire saves time when chaos starts, but is also great for getting a camp fire ready to roast s’mores.

Here are a couple things that you see every day that can help set logs ablaze quickly: Wine Corks, Egg Cartons, Pinecones, Toilet Paper, Lint, Straw

Staying warm is an essential for any family, especially those who experience harsh winters. Putting your old egg cartons to use, or saving your old wine corks in a box can make for a cool experience for you and your family, but is also practical and great during an emergency. Soaking your wine corks in a bottle of rubbing alcohol for a week make a great fire starter. Just light the end and let it work.
A good amount of lint stacks up in the dryer after every load, and it usually goes in the garbage can. Having some lint to stick under a couple logs can really save the day if you need a quick fire. Our personal favorite Firestarter at VIP Solutions is the Lint Ball Egg Carton. Just take a ball of lint left over from a load of laundry, cut up your cardboard egg carton, and pack the lint into the indent. A quick spark of the cardboard makes for an extremely efficient start and doesn’t need alcohol like the wine corks.

How do I prepare for an Electrical Grid Failure?

When we talk about the possibility of the electrical grid failing at VIP Solutions, we have to approach the possible situation from an unbiased standpoint. The truth is, we don’t know if and when the grid might fail, but we do know that people around the world are working hard to try and ruin the United States electrical system. We also know that is the system did fail, and it were not fixed in a couple of days, America would get really crazy really fast. When there is no power, there is nowhere to go buy food, get gas, or visit the doctor.

There are many negatives to this theoretical equation of the grid going down… So, what can we do right now to make sure our loved ones stay safe? VIP Solutions has brought together emergency preparedness and sustainability because the two really go hand-in-hand. If you want to keep your family from being affected by power outages, long or short in duration, creating your own energy is a great option.
Creating energy through usage of solar technology is clean and efficient, and will even provide energy on a cloudy day. Not only will you be prepared for a power outage, but you’ll be cutting your utility bills in half.

Leading experts believe than an attack on less than one percent of the United States 55,000 electrical substations could create a grid failure for a year and a half. The founder of Center for Security Policy told Fox News that if the power went out for a year 90% of Americans would likely perish.
At least, we suggest a home generator for keeping your refrigerator(s) operating. If you have an electric well, you’re going to need energy to operate that also. A nice book to look at if you want to learn more about the probability of the light going out and what it would cause, take a look at Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out.

How Can I Live Sustainably?

When someone asks us, “What can I do to help make my family’s home sustainable?” We always start by looking at investing in producing your own energy. The electric bill is something that almost all Americans pay for their entire lives. If there is money to be invested into something, there is nothing better than creating your own energy. You give your wallet and the earth a break at the same time!

Many people ask us if using solar in the Midwest is effective with all the cloudy days. Surprisingly, the photovoltaic technology in this day and age produces just as much energy when cloudy as when the sun is shining. In the next two to three years, Tesla Motors has promised to come out with a battery that will be able to store the extra energy produced from your solar panels.

Everyone in the sustainable community is ecstatic about this. When the batteries become available to the public, investing in solar will be a no-brainer for most families. When people are able to store energy in their own homes, big business electric companies may become obsolete.

Why a Solar Generator?

At VIP Solutions, we advocate for solar generators over gas for two reasons. Say there is a power outage, and out of your entire neighborhood, only your family prepared. Your gas generator is powering the lights in your house and keeping your meat frozen, but it’s also making a great deal of noise.

When preparing for a disaster to happen, being discreet while people are desperate is imperative. A solar generator does not make a sound. You will never need to buy any fuel to charge it either. So, if the gas stations are out of gas, you will still have power. These solar generators from Indoor Generators are awesome because you really can keep the essential appliances working in your house as long as your charge your batteries.

A solar generator is also a great thing to have if you simply want to put your mind at ease. Many of us have thought about purchasing a generator to stick in the garage, but most of us don’t want to waste thousands of dollars on something that is barely used. We don’t want to convince you to buy one, we just want you to understand the benefits to your investment. Simply keeping your refrigerator working if the power goes out for several days saves a couple hundred dollars of groceries.

Hot Water Solar is also very cool. Sun Bandit, the leaders in the industry, have designed an amazing hot water heated powered by solar panels. If you are looking for something that will help in an emergency, but not sit in the garage all year, a Sun Bandit solar powered hot water heater may be the answer. Even on a cloudy, you’ll still be taking a warm shower for free.

Do Solar Panels Really Pay Off?

We get a lot of questions about if investing in creating your own energy with solar panels. Most people just want to know if it’s worth it. Well, that is dependent on what people see as being valuable for them at the current time. If you have access to money and are looking to make a long term investment, solar panels are a great option.

At VIP Solutions, we like to be honest with our customers. Honestly, it would take some people 15 years to regain the value of money they spent on their solar panels. It is really dependent on where you live and how your state purchases rec’s from solar owners.

For someone looking to prepare for an emergency, solar panels make sense because they give you that precious energy source when it might not be available otherwise.

Solar panels also do a great job of giving mother nature a little bit of a break.

So, solar panels can be used for emergency needs, as an investment for longer-term gain, or for sustainability purposes.

What is The Best Kind of Battery for Solar Storage?

When preparing your home or business to harness the Sun’s energy or get completely off grid, having a battery to store that valuable energy is imperative for getting maximum return on your investment. For many years, the staple battery in the solar world has been deep-cycle, lead-acid batteries. The shift to lithium-ion has been recent, and is still gaining speed.

Overall the lithium ion battery provides several advantages in comparison to a lead-acid battery. The lithium-ion is more compact, lightweight, and solid. Unlike the lead-acid battery, there is no toxic waste when the battery is dead. Organic based lithium-ion batteries are created with no toxins. Lithium ion batteries also use less energy when they are not being used. People who live completely off-grid find this extremely helpful to utilize solar power to the best of their abilities.

Something that most people don’t know about, and VIP Solutions recently started investigating, are Redox flow batteries. Some claim that the flow battery is the most advanced solar battery storage technology. The flow batteries don’t appeal to many home or business owners because they require extra monitors and pumps to operate correctly. The inner chemistry of the flow battery is extremely complex which dictates the need for external measuring techniques.

What is the future of Solar Power?

VIP Solutions community of members counts on our team of experts and enthusiasts to keep them updated with current news in the emergency preparedness and sustainability communities. Tesla’s Powerwall is certainly creating a buzz in the solar battery industry, as there is allegedly a multiple year waitlist for the battery.

The Powerwall is innovative because it can allow a home or business owner to charge their battery during the day, while simultaneously using the Sun’s energy to power their house or office. Reviews of the Powerwall have stated that it makes sense to buy the Powerwall if you have big enough of a system for the battery to charge and be used to provide electricity at the same time.

People who are looking to purchase the solar energy storage battery might wait until the second Powerwall is unveiled in the upcoming months. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said the second addition will be available in July of August of 2016. 38,000 have already been preordered.

As a reputable company in regards to innovative techniques and expertise, Tesla created such a buzz because of the success of their cars. And after customers heard that the Powerwall 2 was launched with a custom made power cell from Tesla, they went flying off the shelves. Stay tuned for more updates on the state of emergency preparedness and sustainability.

There are no products matching the selection.

What’s the most Important Power Outage Necessity?

Often people ask us at VIP Solutions… What are some of the things I might miss when preparing a kit for an emergency?
Here in Michigan, staying warm during a cold winter is a necessity if the grid shuts off, or anything unforeseeable happens. Having a couple of tricks in your bag to start an easy fire saves time when chaos starts, but is also great for getting a camp fire ready to roast s’mores.

Here are a couple things that you see every day that can help set logs ablaze quickly: Wine Corks, Egg Cartons, Pinecones, Toilet Paper, Lint, Straw

Staying warm is an essential for any family, especially those who experience harsh winters. Putting your old egg cartons to use, or saving your old wine corks in a box can make for a cool experience for you and your family, but is also practical and great during an emergency. Soaking your wine corks in a bottle of rubbing alcohol for a week make a great fire starter. Just light the end and let it work.
A good amount of lint stacks up in the dryer after every load, and it usually goes in the garbage can. Having some lint to stick under a couple logs can really save the day if you need a quick fire. Our personal favorite Firestarter at VIP Solutions is the Lint Ball Egg Carton. Just take a ball of lint left over from a load of laundry, cut up your cardboard egg carton, and pack the lint into the indent. A quick spark of the cardboard makes for an extremely efficient start and doesn’t need alcohol like the wine corks.

How do I prepare for an Electrical Grid Failure?

When we talk about the possibility of the electrical grid failing at VIP Solutions, we have to approach the possible situation from an unbiased standpoint. The truth is, we don’t know if and when the grid might fail, but we do know that people around the world are working hard to try and ruin the United States electrical system. We also know that is the system did fail, and it were not fixed in a couple of days, America would get really crazy really fast. When there is no power, there is nowhere to go buy food, get gas, or visit the doctor.

There are many negatives to this theoretical equation of the grid going down… So, what can we do right now to make sure our loved ones stay safe? VIP Solutions has brought together emergency preparedness and sustainability because the two really go hand-in-hand. If you want to keep your family from being affected by power outages, long or short in duration, creating your own energy is a great option.
Creating energy through usage of solar technology is clean and efficient, and will even provide energy on a cloudy day. Not only will you be prepared for a power outage, but you’ll be cutting your utility bills in half.

Leading experts believe than an attack on less than one percent of the United States 55,000 electrical substations could create a grid failure for a year and a half. The founder of Center for Security Policy told Fox News that if the power went out for a year 90% of Americans would likely perish.
At least, we suggest a home generator for keeping your refrigerator(s) operating. If you have an electric well, you’re going to need energy to operate that also. A nice book to look at if you want to learn more about the probability of the light going out and what it would cause, take a look at Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out.

How Can I Live Sustainably?

When someone asks us, “What can I do to help make my family’s home sustainable?” We always start by looking at investing in producing your own energy. The electric bill is something that almost all Americans pay for their entire lives. If there is money to be invested into something, there is nothing better than creating your own energy. You give your wallet and the earth a break at the same time!

Many people ask us if using solar in the Midwest is effective with all the cloudy days. Surprisingly, the photovoltaic technology in this day and age produces just as much energy when cloudy as when the sun is shining. In the next two to three years, Tesla Motors has promised to come out with a battery that will be able to store the extra energy produced from your solar panels.

Everyone in the sustainable community is ecstatic about this. When the batteries become available to the public, investing in solar will be a no-brainer for most families. When people are able to store energy in their own homes, big business electric companies may become obsolete.

Why a Solar Generator?

At VIP Solutions, we advocate for solar generators over gas for two reasons. Say there is a power outage, and out of your entire neighborhood, only your family prepared. Your gas generator is powering the lights in your house and keeping your meat frozen, but it’s also making a great deal of noise.

When preparing for a disaster to happen, being discreet while people are desperate is imperative. A solar generator does not make a sound. You will never need to buy any fuel to charge it either. So, if the gas stations are out of gas, you will still have power. These solar generators from Indoor Generators are awesome because you really can keep the essential appliances working in your house as long as your charge your batteries.

A solar generator is also a great thing to have if you simply want to put your mind at ease. Many of us have thought about purchasing a generator to stick in the garage, but most of us don’t want to waste thousands of dollars on something that is barely used. We don’t want to convince you to buy one, we just want you to understand the benefits to your investment. Simply keeping your refrigerator working if the power goes out for several days saves a couple hundred dollars of groceries.

Hot Water Solar is also very cool. Sun Bandit, the leaders in the industry, have designed an amazing hot water heated powered by solar panels. If you are looking for something that will help in an emergency, but not sit in the garage all year, a Sun Bandit solar powered hot water heater may be the answer. Even on a cloudy, you’ll still be taking a warm shower for free.

Do Solar Panels Really Pay Off?

We get a lot of questions about if investing in creating your own energy with solar panels. Most people just want to know if it’s worth it. Well, that is dependent on what people see as being valuable for them at the current time. If you have access to money and are looking to make a long term investment, solar panels are a great option.

At VIP Solutions, we like to be honest with our customers. Honestly, it would take some people 15 years to regain the value of money they spent on their solar panels. It is really dependent on where you live and how your state purchases rec’s from solar owners.

For someone looking to prepare for an emergency, solar panels make sense because they give you that precious energy source when it might not be available otherwise.

Solar panels also do a great job of giving mother nature a little bit of a break.

So, solar panels can be used for emergency needs, as an investment for longer-term gain, or for sustainability purposes.

What is The Best Kind of Battery for Solar Storage?

When preparing your home or business to harness the Sun’s energy or get completely off grid, having a battery to store that valuable energy is imperative for getting maximum return on your investment. For many years, the staple battery in the solar world has been deep-cycle, lead-acid batteries. The shift to lithium-ion has been recent, and is still gaining speed.

Overall the lithium ion battery provides several advantages in comparison to a lead-acid battery. The lithium-ion is more compact, lightweight, and solid. Unlike the lead-acid battery, there is no toxic waste when the battery is dead. Organic based lithium-ion batteries are created with no toxins. Lithium ion batteries also use less energy when they are not being used. People who live completely off-grid find this extremely helpful to utilize solar power to the best of their abilities.

Something that most people don’t know about, and VIP Solutions recently started investigating, are Redox flow batteries. Some claim that the flow battery is the most advanced solar battery storage technology. The flow batteries don’t appeal to many home or business owners because they require extra monitors and pumps to operate correctly. The inner chemistry of the flow battery is extremely complex which dictates the need for external measuring techniques.

What is the future of Solar Power?

VIP Solutions community of members counts on our team of experts and enthusiasts to keep them updated with current news in the emergency preparedness and sustainability communities. Tesla’s Powerwall is certainly creating a buzz in the solar battery industry, as there is allegedly a multiple year waitlist for the battery.

The Powerwall is innovative because it can allow a home or business owner to charge their battery during the day, while simultaneously using the Sun’s energy to power their house or office. Reviews of the Powerwall have stated that it makes sense to buy the Powerwall if you have big enough of a system for the battery to charge and be used to provide electricity at the same time.

People who are looking to purchase the solar energy storage battery might wait until the second Powerwall is unveiled in the upcoming months. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said the second addition will be available in July of August of 2016. 38,000 have already been preordered.

As a reputable company in regards to innovative techniques and expertise, Tesla created such a buzz because of the success of their cars. And after customers heard that the Powerwall 2 was launched with a custom made power cell from Tesla, they went flying off the shelves. Stay tuned for more updates on the state of emergency preparedness and sustainability.