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When the power goes out, be prepared and have a backup generators ready to supply power to your home. Here's a look at do's and don'ts of generators that can help keep you safe and have lights when your neighbors don't.

1. Portable Generator Do's And Don'ts

Tim Thiele
Portable generators are a God send when the power suddenly goes out in your home. It may be from an ice storm, tornado, or hurricane. If you are prepared for these severe storms, you'll likely have the lights back on in no time at all. Portable generators can safely power all or part of your home's power needs if you simply follow a few safety do's and don'ts.

2. Be Prepared Before The Storm Hits

Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity to your home suddenly goes out. Have you ever had the lights go out unexpectedly and had to search high and low for a flashlight in the dark? When you finally found a flashlight, undoubtedly the batteries were dead or nearly dead. If only there was another way to automatically turn a light on when the power goes out. Well, you’re in luck! There is just such a light. With these tips you will be ready for the unexpected.

3. How to Prepare for Power Outages

Storms can produce high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes. Severe storms have a way of causing power outages and can leave you in the dark if you’re not prepared. It’s time to plan ahead for the worst case scenario.

Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity to your home suddenly goes out. Have you ever had the lights go out unexpectedly and had to search high and low for a flashlight in the dark? When you finally found a flashlight, undoubtedly the batteries were dead or nearly dead. If only there was another way to automatically turn a light on when the power goes out. Well, you’re in luck! There is just such a light. With these tips you will be ready for the unexpected.

4. Generator Backup Systems

Electricity from the utility company is great, that is until something interrupts it and it goes out. Power outages can be troubling and even life threatening, so don't get caught without a backup generator system of some type to keep the power flowing. Backup generators come in many different styles. There are generators that connect to PTO drives on tractors, portable generators that run on gas, diesel, or propane, and others that connect more permanently to serve as a whole -house backup that run on propane or natural gas.

Along with these different types, one has to also consider the needed size to properly power your power needs. You must consider whether you are trying to just power the bare essentials during a power loss, or you'd like to have full power while the troubled power lines are repaired. Power consumption needs to be calculated and then used as a basis for the needed wattage of generator for your home. By adding up the wattage required to power lights, outlets, and appliances, you'll get a better feel for the actual power required. However, don't forget to calculate start-up power, that is the additional power required to start such things as motors and the like.

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