A generator can cover the needs of your household during a significant crisis. Owning a generator has so many different aspects that you should consider. From price, size, safety, and transport, many factors will impact the final decision. We know that buying and owning one can seem daunting, so here is a helpful guide. Once you go through it, you will know which things to pay attention to!
Why should you have emergency generators?
Electricity is a vital part of modern life. It is required for many things, so this is why preppers want to have an alternative source of electricity in the case of an emergency. These are the reasons why preppers own a generator:
- We use the refrigerator to preserve our foods. In the absence of electricity, all that precious food will go to waste. And you certainly don’t want to throw the spoiled food when there is a crisis going on. When you have a generator, you can plug the fridge to avoid this.
- Certain medicines for chronic conditions need to be kept in the fridge. If you have a family member with diabetes or other conditions, you would want to have the refrigerator turned on at all times.
- The generator can power your electric heater, so you have an alternative if you run out of other heating supplies.
Determine the right size
First, you need to know what you plan to power. Consider the essential appliances that you would use in the case of a crisis, such as a fridge. It will be a pity if all that food goes to waste. When you know which appliances need power, you can calculate the total watts required to start and run them. Running watts are constant watts that you need for the device to work. Starting watts are the additional watts necessary to start specific devices.
In some cases, it is better to have more than one generator. We already discussed this issue so you can keep up here.
While working, the generators release carbon monoxide. This is a toxic gas that can cause poisoning, so be sure that the fumes are away from your home. Ensure that it is away from the windows to prevent the toxic fumes from entering your home.
The generator’s engine can be pretty noisy while working. Under normal conditions, this might bother you. But in the case of a major crisis, you know that you need to keep a low profile. Any noise can attract potential looters to your home. If you are concerned about this, then look for quiet generators.
As a prepper, you need to be very careful with your budget. You don’t want to spend all of your money while neglecting the other needs of your family. Stick to your predetermined budget and check the different offers. You will find out that the massive generators that can power a whole house are costly. But on the other hand, the small ones might not satisfy your needs. When you know your household’s needs, you can pick the right generator without splurging on something that you don’t need. A small 4,000 watt generator can power a small fridge, lights, stove, and a TV.
Operating a generator has many potential risks if you don’t do it right. Pick a model that has built-in safety features to avoid any accidents. In order to work correctly, the engine needs oil for lubricating the parts. Working with low oil levels will lead to overheating and damage the moving parts. Many of them have an automatic shut off switch that turns the device off when the oil levels are low.
Before you buy a generator, you need to know about fuel consumption. When you rate the fuel efficiency of different generators, compare consider the number of hours it provides electricity with a full tank. More significant consumption means a higher cost for you.
Portable or stationary?
Portable generators are small and usually come with wheels. This makes them very easy to transport around the home. Also, you can take your generator with you when bugging out. On the other hand, a stationary generator is a permanent fixture attached to the home. You can’t remove it, as it requires hard wiring to the house and can only be moved with a lot of effort. Experienced preppers prefer portable generators due to their many advantages over stationary ones. They are cheap and convenient for transporting to your bug out location.
After going through the crucial things about emergency generators, you are more familiar with the topic. Beginner preppers find choosing and buying generators overwhelming, so we hope that this post helped you with the final decision. What do you think? Do you have anything to add to this list? Feel free to share this in the comments below!