Choosing a Backup Generator

Backup generators can help you to survive power outages in relative comfort.

If you have a natural gas or propane-powered generator, you need to have a licensed plumber or pipe-fitter install the gas connections. "That way, you know it's been done correctly and that it will meet all the codes," Flowers says.
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Installing a Backup Generator
Used with or without renewable energy, a backup generator can eliminate the headaches of long-term power outages.
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A permanent standby generator can be an inconspicuous addition to your house.
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Portable generators, such as this Honda EG 5000, are a cheaper option than permanent standby models. This generator’s engine runs on gasoline and is designed with overhead valves, a feature that helps reduce emissions and noise.
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