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 You can count on gasoline . . .

to let you down!

 

Gasoline is not a fuel that professionals ever choose to use on backup generators.  Hospitals and other large facilities "never" install a gasoline back-up generator.  They always use natural gas or diesel.  Gasoline has a very limited shelf life and will actually cause engine failure.  Worst of all when power outages occur due to ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and all other disasters, the first commodity to be hoarded is gasoline.  Sadly, long lines (even fistfights) and rationing at gas pumps are a common occurrence during many disasters.   The hurricanes that hit Florida last year were sad proof of that.  Propane, and especially natural gas, were more plentiful and just the ticket to keep the lights on and the crews working.

Most small portable generators will use 6 gallons of gasoline every 10 hours.  How many cans of gas can you safely transfer and store at your residence?  Siphoning from today's automobiles is almost imposible and an environmental hazard.

Modify your Generator to run on propane or natural gas with this KIT to run all three fuels on the same engine!

NEVER HAVE TO MESS WITH GASOLINE AGAIN 

 Essential items you should consider supplying power to are... refrigerator, microwave, gas oven ignition(new models won't light with a match), one small television or radio for news & weather up dates, alarm system and, the central air conditioning if the size of your generator will allow.  

 

This is a small 6 circuit manual transfer switch for hooking up a portable generator.  This will supply a window A/C, refrigerator, & power for one room. This is easy too install & reasonablbly priced.  It allows you to cord attach your portable generator with having extension cords.

Emergency Generators
When power goes off for extended periods due to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, ice, and other natural catastrophes, a backup emergency generator can be very beneficial.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Generator
Generators come in different sizes. The correct generator size is determined by individual needs to have power in emergencies. The more items on backup circuits, the bigger and more costly the generator.

2 Types of Generators:
Permanent standby generators - A standby generator monitors your utility power around the clock. When power is disrupted, your generator automatically switches on and supplies electricity to your home or business within seconds - often before you even notice there's a problem. Your lights stay on, your appliances and computers keep running, and your security alarm, home medical devices and other critical equipment continue to operate.

These types of generators can only be installed by JEFF WEISSMAN ELECTRIC. The city building department must inspect the switches and wiring. When the installation is complete, the local utility company should be notified a back-up system is in place.

Portable Generators - are typically used when only a few vital electrical circuits are needed. Selected circuits for lights in the general living area of a home, TV (for news and weather reports), window A/C, refrigerator, microwave & , are a few of the items generally considered. Most homes require a 5,000-watt generator. These generators can cost between $700 and $2,000 depending on the quality and options available.   A Manual Transfer switch(see pictures) can be furnished & Installed installed for around $1500+/-  that will allow for quick Plug & cord connection to your portable generator.

The Benefit of the manual transfer switch is that upon a power outage,  all the homeowner has to do is start the generator, plug it into the transfer switch, switch a few breakers and the power is partially restored. (picture below is a 6 circuit manual transfer switch with the receptacle on the bottom)

It is important to get a generator that is adequately sized. Some electrical motors in home appliances and equipment can be ruined or damaged if they do not receive enough electrical current.

Before You Buy...Determine which items are needed in an emergency. Total the watts needed to determine what size generator is required. JEFF WEISSMAN ELECTRIC can help make this determination or you can check the manufacturer information for each appliance.

Safety Concerns With Generators
Electrical current from the generator may "back-feed" into the home's electrical system and cause damage or fire and ruin equipment if it is not properly installed.  Let
JEFF WEISSMAN ELECTRIC install a generator to a home electrical system.

Generators can also cause personal injury. For example, if a power company employee is working on an electrical line thinking it is not energized and electrical current created by the generator is in the line, shock or electrocution may occur.

The key to better safeguards against these dangers is, professional installation by JEFF WEISSMAN ELECTRIC and the installation of a generator transfer switch.
 

Keep in mind a generator burns fuel and must be run outdoors. Do not run it in the garage. Cords used to connect the generator to the lights and appliances must be properly sized to prevent overheating or damage to the equipment as well.

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 Everyone should have this!     

A POWER INVERTER

This is available online, at auto part stores, RV centers and many electronic stores.

This will plug into your car cigarette lighter & supply low wattage 120 power so you can run a small TV, table lamps, Cell phone chargers, laptops, etc.  So easy to use just plug into your car, plug in a heavy duty extension cord and you have power.  I recommend getting a 300 or 500 watt inverter.  approx $39 - $69