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Re: whole house generators


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Posted by RayP(MI) on September 12, 2012 at 19:26:50 from (207.241.137.116):

In Reply to: whole house generators posted by oliver power on September 12, 2012 at 01:45:00:

I have two portables - both Briggs/Coleman 4000/5000 watts. We can get by with either, by shifting the loads, and dropping all non-essential usage. It is not cheap, running approximately a gallon of gasoline per hour. It is inconvenient to store and keep fresh gasoline available - and can you be sure that your gasoline sources will have fuel available when you need it? A widespread outage can bring a community to it's knees. Propane stays fresh, and although you have to have a tank in the back yard, it is far more sensible than gasoline. If you already have propane service, you're all set. Ditto for Natural gas. I can't afford the big, automatic gensets, so I get by cheap. Fortunately, I don't have many prolonged outages. But I have to stay home and babysit the gensets when I do have an outage. They have saved my bacon - literally several times! (along with all the other food in three freezers, water, heating/cooling, and animal care.) I wouldn't be without a generator. Donno how we survived as a dairy farm when I was a kid.


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