Meet Raynor Employee: Ashley Distefano

Why did you choose to work at Raynor Electric?

I chose to work at Raynor because I wanted a better job where I could grow with hard work and dedication.

How long have you been with the company?

 I have been working for Raynor for almost 2 years.

What’s the best part of the job?

 My favorite part about the job is helping the customers!

What is it like working directly with the owners?

 It is a fantastic experience working with the owners. They truly do care about the business, customers, and employees. 

In your opinion, what makes Raynor a family?

 Raynor is a family. We aren’t just numbers in a corporation we are family. The owners care about each one of us.

What do you enjoy doing during your off time?

 In my off time I enjoy driving around in my Jeep with the top down and  I love to go fishing.

What’s a fun fact about you?

 Something surprising about me if that I have 2 pet pigs along with 2 dogs and a cat.





Meet Raynor Employee: Suzanne Getty

Why did you choose to work at Raynor Electric?

I knew Kerri Raynor outside of work. I heard nothing but good things about the business and thought it would be a nice place to work. I am so grateful that they put their confidence in me, and that I was part of this ever-growing company.

How long have you been with the company?

In August it will be 8 years.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Because I work in the accounting end of the business, I get fulfillment in seeing the numbers grow. It might sound strange, but I find satisfaction in completing a bank reconciliation and other monthly accounting tasks. Since I have been here the longest, I have taken on the position of “mom”; and I really do like helping out wherever I can.

What is it like working directly with the owners?

Tom and Kerri are very involved in all aspects of the business. I have been employed for them the longest, and I have gotten to see all sides of the business. They really care about each and every one of their employees and make decisions based on personal knowledge of each employee. They are real hands-on employers, and they will always take the time to talk to you anytime you need their help.

In your opinion, what makes Raynor a family?

One definition of a family is “a group of people who genuinely love, trust, care about and look out for each other. That’s what makes Raynor a family.

What do you enjoy doing on your off time?

I love being with my family and spending time with them, especially my little minions. I also love to cook, tackle a home project and work out in the yard.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am pretty much an open book; however, I took ballet lessons for 9 years when I was young. I’m sure no one knows that about me.

Benefits of a Generator Installation

Power outages can happen at any time. They often occur without warning, and can last for several hours or several days. There really isn’t anything you can do to prevent power outages, but there are ways to make sure that you keep the power going in your home.

Power outages can damage appliances, spoil perishables, and leave you in the dark. Storms are a common cause of outages – heavy winds and rains can easily down power lines. Don’t you want your home to be prepared when a storm hits? With a backup generator installation, you will be! 

Benefits of a Generator Installation 

Think of a generator installation as extra insurance on your home. There’s no way to predict when you’ll need your generator, but you’ll certainly appreciate it when you do! Different models are available to meet your specific power needs as well. While some are capable of powering your entire home, others will keep a few key appliances running. Regardless of your needs, a standby generator will kick on almost immediately when the power goes out. Here are some other benefits of a standby generator installation:

  • They keep you comfortable. In the event of an outage, you will still be able to stay calm and comfortable. You can continue to watch tv, stay warm, use lights and power your electronics. Think of all of the perishables that you have in your refrigerator and freezer at the moment – now imagine how quickly they would spoil if you lost power. A standby generator will keep your house working like normal. 
  • They protect your electronics. Power surges occur when power is returned to your home or the flow is disrupted. Not only are surges very damaging to electronics and appliances, they can cause them to overheat and start a fire. When power returns after an outage, they’ll be protected by your generator. 
  • They keep you and your loved ones safe. Most important of all is that generators keep your home and family safe and secure during an outage. If your home relies on electricity the way most people do, it shouldn’t be hard to realize all of the benefits that a generator installation would bring to your home! 

How Raynor Electric Can Help 

The last thing you want to do is have to shop for a generator after the power goes out. Here at Raynor Electric, we can install it so it’s ready for when you need it! A backup system gives your home the backup it needs whenever a major storm hits. If you’re ready to prepare your home, our team can help you select the right home generator to fit your needs.

Don’t wait until the lights go out, call Raynor Electric today.

Meet Raynor Employee: Kaitlyn Cassady

Why did you choose to work with us?

I have known the owners for some years and I have always wanted to work for a company where I have room for growth and can expand my knowledge.

How long have you been with the Raynor?

I have been working with Raynor for almost 9 months.

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

I love being able to be a part of a great team and being able to support each other. I find fulfillment in learning new tasks and being able to grow.

What is it like working directly with the owners?

I really like that the owners really care about the employees and are very involved with all the day to day tasks. We all truly care about each other and strive to make this company better.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I love playing with my 2 small children and our Border Collie. I love to spend time with my family and enjoy spending time doing outdoor activities. I love Forensic Science work! It has always been a secret dream of mine to be able to work on a crime scene.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Home Generator

Power outages can happen at any time. There’s really no way to predict them, but they happen year round. Whether its during snow storms in the winter, or a hurricane force winds in the summer, losing power is always a possibility. Keeping the power on in your home is essential for protecting your appliances, belongings, and perishables. It’s also important for the safety of your family. 

Backup generators are a way to keep the power going – even during an outage. They switch on as soon as your electricity goes out, protecting everything inside of your home and restoring comfort and safety. Different generators have different capabilities and restrictions, so it’s important to do a little research before making such an investment. Here at Raynor, we’re ready to help you every step of the way. Here are some things you should consider when selecting your new generator.

Things to Consider 

  • Power priorities. In the event of an outage, what do you want to keep on? Some generators can continue to power your entire home while others keep a few choice appliances running. Considering your power needs will help you choose the model that best suits your needs. 
  • Power source. Because they don’t run on electricity, you will need to determine which sort of fuel you will be using before you choose a generator. Backup models typically run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas, which provides unlimited power. 
  • Location and enclosure. Not only does your generator need to be set up near your home, it may require an enclosure for safety or noise control. Our trained professionals will be able to show you the best spot for your system. 
  • Voltage requirement. Voltage requirements have different phases. A Raynor technician will be able to provide you with this information if you aren’t sure. 
  • Maintenance. Like every other system working to keep your home safe, your backup generator will need routine maintenance to continue working properly and efficiently. 

Why Choose Raynor?

Here at Raynor, we offer a wide variety of Kohler home generators. Kohler provides sturdy and reliable generators that are at the head of the industry. If it’s time for you to purchase a new home generator, you can have peace of mind knowing that we only carry the best!

The last thing you want to do is shop for a home generator when the power goes out, as it’s a permanent and costly appliance to add to your home. A home generator gives your home the backup it needs whenever a major storm hits. If you’re ready to prepare your home, our team can help you select the right home generator to fit your needs. Don’t wait until the lights go out, call us today.

Meet Raynor Employee: Cheri Astrawski

Why did you choose to work with us? 

The reason why I have chosen to work at Raynor Electric is because when I first applied, I began to look up what Raynor Electric does on a daily basis. I saw that the reviews of how they did business was phenomenal!

How long have you been with the company?

I just started at the beginning of April.

What is your favorite part of the job so far?

I have learned a lot about what the company is capable of doing. Between the fellow CSRs, the technicians and the owners they all are terrific! My favorite part so far is having to make our customers feel at ease and happy they chose Raynor Electric!

What is it like working with the owners?

Working with the owners is inviting and gives me a sense of security to help me become more successful. The time that I have been here I have learned that this family helps out one another.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

In my time away from the Raynor family, I love going to New York, the beaches on the east coast and many other trips with my son! The one thing that is surprising is my father just retired from the electric company and I am beginning to learn many trades including electric!

Meet Raynor Employee: Hannah Collins

Meet Hannah Collins!

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I chose to work at Raynor electric because I wanted to utilize my customer service and office skills and I knew that Raynor would give me the scope and the challenge to do so. I have been with the company for almost a year. My favorite part about my job is problem solving; I love trying to figure out how to best help our customers and also how to help our technicians be the best that they can be.
 I love working directly with Tom and Kerri! I have worked for family owned businesses and corporate owned businesses before and I have never had owners as invested in not only their employees but the customers as well. They love seeing their employees grow and learn and they love making sure the customers have the best experience possible when doing these home improvement projects. We are a very tight knit company, we support each other in good times and bad, from the first day on the job I was welcomed like I already was one of the family. It really makes it a joy to work here. 
When I am not at work I enjoy chasing after my little ones, going to the beach and when I can reading a great book. One thing that not a lot of people know about me is when I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines on the Conquest I was the mascot FunShip Freddy. 

Celebrate Earth Day With Solar Power

Earth day was first celebrated on April 22nd, 1970. The goal was a world-wide appreciation for the planet and considering how it can be made a better place for generations to come. Every year, 180 countries celebrate and reflect on the bettering the environment.At Raynor Electric, we want to do our part. This is why we offer solar energy alternatives for your home or business.

Not only will switching allow you to help the environment, but a solar installation will help to protect your wallet too! Regardless of the obvious benefits, many people are still hesitant about making the switch to solar. So, here are some facts that may help you make a decision.

Solar Benefits

Soon after you have panels installed on the roof of your home or business, you’ll start to reap the benefits. You may be worried about upfront costs, but did you know that your new roof will be able to pay you back in as little as five years? How many other home investments can make their money back? Some other benefits include:

  • Reduced energy costs. Solar power keeps your money where it should be – in your wallet. It literally makes electricity for you, so no more sky high electrical bills. As soon as you start to offset your power, you’ll start saving.
  • Increased property value. Do you need a way to add instant property value? If so, solar panels are the way to go! Energy efficiency is a major selling point. Not only will you be saving on your utilities, but prospective buyers will certainly take notice.
  • Added revenue. Did you know that going solar can earn you extra money? Federal, state, local, and utility incentives are making the decision to switch easier than ever. A considerable portion of your system can possibly be funded.
  • Investment. Solar technology is one of the safest ways to invest your money. As electrical costs rise, the benefits increase.

Can You Go Solar?

Most people assume that their home needs to be in open and direct sunlight all day for solar panels to work. The truth is, unless your home is almost completely surrounded by trees, there’s a good chance that your home qualifies. There are four deciding factors that apply when when switching to solar: roof space, roof orientation, roof slope, and shading. If your home meets the requirements, you’re good to go!

How Raynor Electric Can Help

We offer free estimates for those who are considering a solar installation. Our highly trained energy experts will be able to assess your power requirements, as well as the available space and scope for the project. The investment you make with us to handle your solar installation comes with outstanding customer service and full-spectrum assistance with your decision to go solar. Municipal and state contracts will be handled from our offices directly, allowing you to trust the professionals with a job done right from start to finish.

Now that you know the benefits of solar energy, what are you waiting for? Celebrate Earth Day by calling Raynor Electric today!

Meet a Raynor Electric Employee: Sheri

Raynor Employee Sheri

Here at Raynor Electric, we care about our employees just as much as our customers. We want you to get to know the people who make Raynor a family, so here’s a little information about Sheri Murphy who works in our office!

How long have you been working at Raynor Electric?

I have been working at Raynor Services for over a year now. I chose to work for this company as I have always worked for large corporations and never quite felt appreciated or even acknowledged. I felt replaceable, despite my experience and skills that contributed to my success. Being that Raynor Services is a family-owned business, I play a larger role in the success of the company and can have direct interaction with management and the owners.

What is it like working directly with the owners?

Working with the owners daily is quite unique as I have not had the luxury of even meeting most owners of my past employers. I have had the pleasure of attending off-site training along with one of the owners and was able to learn other aspects of the mechanics of running a service company. The opportunities are endless and the dexterity to do so is at your fingertips. For anyone who wants to grow into a leader and expand their knowledge base, Raynor certainly provides the tools to do so. This is much different than corporate America.

Why did you choose to work at Raynor Electric?

My work experience has been in the hospitality industry mostly in Event Planning, Sales, and Catering. I feel my experience with working with all walks of life has helped me transition into the Service Industry. It is quite different assisting people who are happy and excited to call me to book events than working with people who are frustrated and annoyed that they have no power, no heat or AC; but I do love what I do because I know I am working for a premier company that uses the best equipment and materials and the best technicians. It’s easy to succeed at your job here when you have such confidence in your team and company.

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part about working here is my ability to utilize my sales experience to obtain new clients as well as continue the relationship with customers that have been a part of the Raynor family for over a quarter century. I love the challenge of seeking out new business and earning the trust of the clients. I can promote Raynor Services with certainty and that is a quality that most companies lack.

What do you enjoy doing on your off time?

A large part of why I left the hospitality industry and accepted a position in a different field was to become more available for my family. I have been married for 8 years and have two sons. My schedule allows me to be there for them for their sports and activities and quality time. I enjoy dining out, attending sporting events and traveling. I love holidays, board games, poker and spending time with family.

If I were to reveal something about myself it would have to be that I absolutely love the 60s! I love the music and can sing just about any 60s song! I think I was born in the wrong decade!

Advantages of Installing Solar Panels on Your House

If you’re a smart homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to save money while at the same time increasing the value of your property. Did you know that installing solar panels on your house can help you do just that? And that they offer many more benefits, as well? Here are some of the top advantages of using panels instead of gas, electric, or another form of power.

Benefits of Solar Panels 

  • You can significantly reduce your energy bills. Most homes with solar panels are also connected to the grid. This allows them to use the energy generated by their solar panels when there’s sufficient sun while drawing from the grid when they need more energy than they produce. Depending on where you live, you can significantly reduce the amount of power you need from the grid — and that in turn results in much lower energy costs.
  • You can gain energy independence. If you live in an area with sufficient hours of sunlight, you might never have to draw from the grid at all. This will free you up from being dependent on utility companies, which can ramp up their prices unexpectedly. It also means that you won’t be affected by power outages and other issues when there are complications with the grid.
  • You can take advantage of tax incentives and rebates. When you install solar panels, you get a whopping 30 percent of the costs back in tax credits when you file your federal income taxes. So, if your system cost $27,500, then you’ll receive $8,250 in tax credits, bringing your costs down to $19,250. In addition, most states and municipalities offer their own rebates, which can bring your total investment down considerably.
  • You can sell your excess energy to utility companies. Many states have SREC markets. SRECs or solar renewable energy certificates are issued to homeowners for every 1,000 kWhs their systems produce and can be worth between $200 and $300. Power companies have to purchase a predetermined amount of SRECs each year in order to meet their quota for renewable energy. That means that if you sell SRECs to your local power company, you can make a nice amount of money.
  • Solar panels increase the value of your home. Having a well-functioning solar panel system installed in your home can significantly increase its value. In fact, one study shows that on average, it increases property values by $3 per solar watt the system produces. So, if you have an average system that produces 5,000 watts, it will add $15,000 to your home’s value.
  • You’ll be helping the environment. As if all of these financial incentives weren’t enough, a solar panel is extremely environmentally-friendly. So, if you care about keeping the planet safe for future generations, installing solar panels is a wise choice.

Clearly, installing solar panels on your home can do more than help you save money and increase your property’s value; it can also reduce your energy bills, allow you to earn money and even help the environment in the process. In other words, going solar is a super smart choice!