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Questions & Answers

Q. What size generator do I need?
A. Power requirements must be determined to properly determine the size of generator that you need. Our professionals can help you with this but these are some things that you may want to consider:

Determine your need—do you need the generator to operate part or all of your home or office? Identify the appliances and/or tools that you need to power
Determine the wattage for each appliance/tool you plan to use
(see chart below for some examples of common items)

COMMON WATTAGES

Item Running Watts Starting Surge
     
100 watt light bulb 100 100
Radio AM/ FM stereo 50-200  50-200
Radio CB 50 50
Fan 200  200
Television  300-400 300-400
Microwave oven 700 1000
Air conditioner 3250 5000
Furnace fan (1/3 HP blower)  600 1800
Vacuum cleaner 600 750
Sump pump (1/3 HP) 700 2100
Refrigerator/ Freezer  800 2400
Freezer 500  1500
6" circular saw 800 1000
Floodlight 1000 1000
1/2" electric drill 1000  1250
Toaster 1200 1200
Coffee maker 1200  1200
Electric skillet 1200 1200
14" electric chain saw 1200  1500
1/2 HP water well pump 1000 3000
Hot plate 1500 1500
Electric range 10000 10000
10" table saw 2000 6000
Hot water heater  5000 5000


Q: What types of fuel does a generator use?
A: Just about all generators use gasoline, diesel, natural gas, or propane.

Q: What type of fuel is best?
A: There are many advantages and disadvantages to the different types of fuel that a generator uses. Here are some advantages and disadvantages:

Gasoline:

Advantages
-Common fuel source-easily obtained
-Increases portability of smaller generators

Disadvantages

-Highly flammable
-Short shelf life
-Storing large quantities is hazardous
-May not always be available during power outages
-Somewhat expensive per gallon
-Inefficient

Propane:

Advantages

-Longer shelf life
-Cleaner burning
-Easily stored (both small and large quantities)
-Can be obtained during power outages
-Home delivery is available for larger tanks

Disadvantages

-Pressurized cylinder of flammable gas
-Fuel system is a bit more complicated
-Larger tanks can be unsightly
-Installation can be costly
-Somewhat expensive per gallon
 
Natural Gas:

Advantages

-Unlimited fuel source-not necessary to refuel
-Clean burning
-Available during power outages

Disadvantages

-May be unavailable during natural disasters (earthquakes, etc.)
-Lower power output (approx. 30% less BTU per unit than gasoline)
-Installation can be costly
-Not available in many areas

Diesel:

Advantages

-Least flammable fuel source
-Easily obtained
-On site fuel delivery available
 
Disadvantages

-Short shelf life (generally 18-24 months)
-Installation of large storage tanks raises cost of system
-May not always be available during power outages

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