Kohler Launches Conscious Care Maintenance Program

Saving Fuel and Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions with New Exercising Options for KD Series

KOHLER, Wis. – July 13, 2023 – Power Systems, part of Kohler Energy, has launched Conscious Care™, a new maintenance program which includes multiple maintenance protocols to help customers lower GHG emissions and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Conscious Care program supports Kohler’s Better Planet environmental sustainability strategy that focuses on reducing environmental impact across our operations, helping our customers reduce their environmental footprints, and driving transparency and accountability around the ambitions that we make. The initiative ties into the overall commitment to redefining energy resilience with more environmentally friendly solutions—for individuals, businesses, and communities.

Two options are now available as part of Conscious Care. The first to be rolled out is the fuel-saving No-Load Exercise, which enables a diesel generator’s regular monthly exercise to be run without load and still avoid any "wet stacking". This allows customers to reduce GHG emissions by 40% per year compared to loaded cycles, while also delivering a 44% reduction in fuel consumption – therefore meeting regulations and reducing fuel costs. Meanwhile, the four-month Extended Exercise goes even further. Customers can perform the test every four months with no load, reducing total GHG emissions by 69% and fuel consumption by 71%. In addition, the Conscious Care maintenance program enables an operating method that reduces noise emissions and appearance of black smoke at cold start.


Customers can choose the option that best suits their maintenance schedule and regulatory requirements.


The industry’s previous solution for wet stacking has been to exercise generators at 30% of their rated capacity once a month to burn off unused fuel and prevent build-up. Kohler has deployed the latest engine technologies on its KD Series engines to reduce the need for this costly procedure. With Conscious Care, KOHLER diesel generators can run loaded as infrequently as once per year.


“Thanks to our expertise, we have been able to rethink maintenance and find more environmentally friendly solutions to reduce customers’ GHG emissions,” said Charles Hunsucker, Power Systems President. “Another step in our journey to creating a Better Planet, the new Conscious Care program gives tangible benefits to our mission-critical customers and demonstrates our support in their journeys towards more sustainable back-up power solutions.”

If the customer chooses to use HVO fuel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) instead of fossil fuel, it reduces the carbon footprint even further, by as much as 90%, throughout the product’s life cycle. All KD Series generators are compatible with HVO fuel.

Kohler continues to deliver cleaner energy solutions that are critical to building a more resilient and environmentally conscious future - developing innovative technologies in the mission-critical power generation market. 


About Kohler Co.

For 150 years, Kohler Co. has been a global leader in design and innovation, dedicated to providing gracious living through kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; distributed energy solutions – home energy, industrial power systems, and powertrain technologies – and luxury hospitality experiences and major championship golf. Kohler's Whistling Straits golf course hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup in 2021. Privately held Kohler Co. was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.


About Kohler Energy

Kohler Energy, a global leader in distributed energy solutions, brings bold design and powerful impact to the energy systems that sustain people and communities everywhere around the world. It is an integral part of Kohler Co., with solutions across Home Energy, Industrial Energy Systems, and Powertrain Technologies. Leveraging the strength of its portfolio of brands – Power Systems, Home Energy, Kohler Uninterruptible Power, Clarke Energy, Heila Technologies, Curtis Instruments, and Engines, and more than a century of industry leadership, Kohler Energy builds resilience when the grid cannot and goes beyond functional, individual recovery to create better lives and communities. For more details, please visit kohler.com/energy.

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