WaPo – Purchasing a Portable Power Generator

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/thinking-about-purchasing-a-portable-power-generator-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2018/12/17/a5d78ddc-fa42-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.65f4acb3cdbc

I’ve definitely found the several generators I’ve owned over the years really handy. Sump pump to keep basement from flooding and furnace to keep house warm not to mention a few lights running and frig’s going. Not enough to power for AC or baking bread in oven

  • Don’t wait until the lights go out
  • Gasoline-powered portable generators easy to use
  • How frequently do you experience a power outage?
    • Most outages usually last only three hours
    • Is your home habitable without power?
  •  identify the lights, electronics and appliances you want to run and the watts they consume
    • http://www.generac.com/portable-sizer
    • extension cords running from a generator can power anything that plugs into a wall socket
    • hard-wired appliances you’ll need to have a a manual transfer switch
  • No portable generator can power an entire house
    • for that you’ll need a home standby or whole-house generator
  • Models come with either a recoil handle electric “push-button” start
    • one or more outlets to plug in extension cords
    • wheels 
  • needs to be at least 20 feet away from your home when running because it produces carbon monoxide (and potentially noisy)

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