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Connecting Emergency Home Generators

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Power outages and brownouts suck!    The loss of electricity for business owners and residents can cause way more than just an inconvenience, it can cost loss of revenue and property damage.

These past few years weather patterns have caused more and more power outages. Installing an emergency home generator can be an invaluable investment.  A generator ensures that you will have a reliable source of electricity whenever and wherever you need it.

When the power goes out the most economical way to supply power during that power outage is to use a “portable” generator.  Even for homeowners, an emergency generator ensures life can go on even when normal power fails.

Set aside the fact that losing your electricity cramps your lifestyle, consider the cost of spoiled food in refrigerators and freezers, plus heating and water pipes that can freeze and burst during cold temperatures, and you can have a recipe for an expensive disaster.

These reasons should be on top of your mind when selecting and installing an emergency generator:

  • Quality
  • Power
  • Portability if needed
  • Capacity

Read more on safety considerations and how to select the proper panel device and exterior plug to safely connect a portable generator.

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Robert Robillard is the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter, Assistant Editor of Tool Box Buzz and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. Rob hosts the Concord Carpenter... Read more

6 comments on “Connecting Emergency Home Generators

  1. Rich

    when this builder built this home the workers were cheaply paid, my breakers keep tripping when there more than one or 2 drawing on it,, what’s the cause and how can it be fixed?

  2. Robert Robillard Post author

    Rich,

    No one is tougher on yourself than you as a critic. Without looking at this I would consider two options in order of priroity:

    1. Change out your breakers: old breakers can sometimes go bad.

    2. Consider spliting the circuit, your line may be overloaded. This involves snaking wires to the areas in question and locating the best insertion point to split the circuit into two circuits.

    Let us know how you make out. ROB

  3. michael

    We have had more high wind alerts here in the past two years than we have had in the previous 10 added together ! In one severe storm the city of Buffalo lost over 30% of it’s trees . these storms have knocked power out all over! I have installed at least 1 generator switch over per month for the last 2 years .

  4. Sergey

    Robert,
    Thank you for this great and very informative article. It made me to consider installing an emergency generator as well. I think I will do this over the summer So I am ready for the winter. Thanks again.

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