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Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying a Generator

By JP - August 07, 2019

Buying a generator isn’t something most people have done. So we thought it’d be a good idea to list a few things to consider before shelling out a few thousand dollars on what can definitely become an important piece of equipment around your house or work site, keeping in mind that Mother Nature seems to be getting in fights with the electric grid more than usual these days. Here are the top 4 things you should consider before making this important purchase:

  1. Power Output: The devices are sold based on the power they can produce. That is easily the biggest factor to consider when making your purchase. Is this for your home or for an office? How many appliances need to be powered by the generator? During how many hours? How many people are affected by the power produced by the unit? Rule of thumb: Most homes can be “live” with 5000 watts.
  2. Type: This will differ of course depending on what you’re looking to do with the unit. If you’re going camping or planning an outdoor talent show for your neighborhood, go with a portable generator. For home, you’ll want a standby generator that kicks in once triggered. For most sophisticated settings, such as dynamic energy demand, low sound volume, and high powered situations, you can go with inverted or stationary power stations.
  3. Fuel alternatives: Not all generators use gasoline to generate electricity, which is great news for the environment. More and more models are created to support propane or natural gas.
  4. Price: Well, there’s no way out of this one: it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. Ranging from $500 to $5000, generators are not your typical purchase. As always, the internet comes to the rescue! Researching the different vendors, such as the ones who sponsor this article, can save you a decent amount of cash, up to 25% in some case!