Green Power Generators
You want reliable Green Power Generators to produce you clean and reliable electricity, whether just for backup in a storm or for every day home power generation.
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Choosing Your Generator
- Power – total wattage, surge wattage, number of outlets
- Installation – where it will go and who will install it, or is it portable
- Fuel – where is your source, where will it be stored, how fast is it consumed
- Accessories – is a transfer switch, heavy duty extension cord, extra fuel tank, or anything else required
How much power do you need from your Green Power Generators?
Whether you need electricity for your remote or off-grid location, or a backup generator to keep your family safe or business humming during a power outage or emergency event, you will want to make sure that you choose the right size.
To determine how many watts your green power generators need to produce, add up the wattage from everything that you would like to run at the same time. You can find the wattage on the label on the device, or by contacting the manufacturer (amps x volts = watts).
This total wattage is your “running wattage” – make sure to select a generator that can handle it with a safe margin for comfort. Some tools and appliances are also rated to require “surge wattage” – which is a large jolt of electricity in the beginning of turning something on. It can be up to 2-3 times more wattage the the item uses. Total this amount as well, and make sure that the generator you choose can handle your surge wattage requirements as well.
Most of the time you will not need to start up all of these items which require surge wattage at the same time, and as long as you stagger their startup well you can work with a surge rating that does not equal or exceed your grand total of surge wattage required.
Automatic or Manually Started Standby Home Power Generation
In an emergency situation that causes a power outage, it can be convenient to have a transfer switch installed to your home’s main electrical panel so that as soon as power goes out it automatically starts up the generator and starts to provide electricity to essential circuits of your home, office, or building. (Read the safety considerations below about using a licensed professional to connect your generator in this way.)
Alternatively a portable generator can be wheeled out, or you can go to the generator and start it yourself, by hand or in some cases with a wireless remote control.
Safety Tips For Green Power Generators
- Never run a generator inside, or even inside of your garage, and make sure there is proper ventilation, as the exhaust fumes can be dangerous to breath.
- Only use a professionally licensed electrician to connect your generator to your home’s circuits, a transfer switch, or the grid.
- Follow all of your utility’s advised precautions and regulations when having your generator connected to the grid.
- Use only heavy duty weather resistant extension cords to run power from your generator to your home.
- Be cautious with your cords so that no one trips, and that electronics are handled safely when wet.
- Take great care when adding fuel to the generator, making sure there are no flames or sparks, including someone smoking. Do not spill the fuel, clean it up thoroughly if you do, and only add fuel when the generator is off.
- Always keep a high quality fire extinguisher that is in service nearby for emergencies.
- Do not overload the generator, staying within the manufacturer’s limits.
- Pay attention to and respond to any warnings, alerts, low gauges, or other obvious signs of concern.