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The Benefits of a Generator 101

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It appears that stormy weather is upon us and it’s time to get ready! You prepare by stocking up on water, non-perishable foods, and batteries – but there’s one thing you may be forgetting that can be the most helpful thing of all: a generator.

A backup generator is a propane or natural gas powered generator that is installed into the electrical system of your home. It provides the lighting, HVAC and other things your home or business needs after a rough storm or even just a normal power outage. It’s safely installed outside of your home or business, so you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning. When the power goes out, your backup generator instantly and effortlessly restores power. Here are some of the benefits of having a generator:

  1. Efficiency: A backup generator is an efficient source of power for your home during electrical outage or during bad storms that take down power lines.  Because they use fuel, they will run just as long as you keep them fueled up.  You need to be sure that the generator is outdoors because of the carbon monoxide that is produced when the generator is running.
  2. Awareness of Emergency Situations: When the weather is severe, you can run a radio or television from your generator.  By doing this, you know exactly what’s going on and if you need to leave your home, in case there are wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, or another dangerous situation heading in your direction.
  3. Survival: When the power is out, initially you may be the most concerned with how long your food will last and how you’ll prepare that food for your family without electricity. With a backup generator, you can plug in your refrigerator and keep your food cold and even use an electric stove, hotplate or crock pot to cook for your loved ones.  You may even want to charge your cell phone in case there is an emergency and you need to get in touch with family, friends, or even 9-1-1. When it comes to surviving severe weather, a generator is the way to go.

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