Frequently Asked Questions

Now that the temperatures are getting warmer and the threat of snow and ice has passed, you may be thinking that extra precautions like an emergency generator are unnecessary. However, this isn’t the case! As we move from spring to summer, high winds and thunderstorms that have the potential to knock out the power become more common. An emergency generator is an ideal item to add to your emergency and weather preparedness checklist. It’s also wise to get a generator now, so even if you don’t use it in the warm weather months, you’ll be prepared for when the temperatures drop and the snow starts blowing yet again. If you’re still on the fence, we’ve listed 5 reasons why an emergency generator is an item you won’t regret investing in.

If you own a portable generator, when the power goes out you must start the generator and then plug in your subpanel or appliances. Portable generators are usually gas powered, and need to be kept outdoors to prevent a buildup of fumes from the fuel. They can handle powering a few lights and small appliances, and are a good option for those who want to power a refrigerator to keep food from spoiling during an outage.

Think of which appliances you’d like to keep running during your power outage, and then look on the labels to see what their wattage is. Once you have that information, add up all the wattages of your appliances, and then look for a generator that can handle the wattage you need. If you have higher wattage needs or your area tends to have many outages, you’ll definitely want to research standby generators.

If you are thinking of buying a portable generator, consider the fuel type and its cost. You’ll need to keep a lot of fuel on hand to be able to run the generator nonstop for more than a few hours.

Upfront, portable generators usually range from a few hundred to a thousand dollars. Standby generators usually cost a few thousand. Standby generators must be installed by a professional, but these costs are often included with the price of the generator.

In addition, a portable generator needs a constant supply of fuel to run on, so that is an ongoing cost to consider.

A properly cared for generator can last decades, which means in the long run, having a generator will save you money in addition to restoring lost power. Standby generators tend to need a lot of regular maintenance, especially when it is used for long periods of time. With regular inspection, you’ll be able to replace worn out parts, clean out filters, and keep your generator in top condition.

In addition, a portable generator needs a constant supply of fuel to run on, so that is an ongoing cost to consider.