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Newport News and Hampton Roads residents are no strangers to hurricanes, nor'easters, tropical storms, and severe weather. Especially during September and October.
In fact, it is estimated that power outages cost home owners $150 billion dollars annually!
When the power goes out, do you have a plan? The American power infrastructure is aging and power outages are becoming more frequent. Protect your home and family with a whole home backup generator from Generac! Read below why having a standby home or business generator is a must.
3 Reasons to Consider a Standby Generator
1. Keep Your Family Safe and Comfortable
In the event of a power outage, a home generator can mean the difference between being able to stay in your own home or being forced to evacuate to a shelter. With a generator, you'll have access to heat, air conditioning, lights, and all the other amenities you rely on every day. This means that you won't have to worry about your family being uncomfortable or exposed to dangerous conditions.
2. Save Money on Energy Bills
Home generators can actually help you save money on your energy bills. When the power goes out, generators allow you to continue using energy-efficient appliances like refrigerators and freezers without having to worry about them going into overdrive and driving up your energy bill. In addition, by having a backup power source, you won't have to worry about losing food due to spoilage.
3. Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Did you know that in the event of a power outage, many homes are at risk for water damage? That's because without power, water pumps are unable to do their job, which can lead to flooding. A home generator will keep your pumps running so that you don't have to worry about this type of damage.
What Size Generator Do I Need?
To calculate what size generator you need for your home or business depends depends on how many appliances/technology you will need to power.
For Example - You want to power your refrigerator during a power outage. For this example, let's use the approximate refrigerator wattage - 700 watts. You can easily find this exact number in the owners manual of your appliance or technology. To find the total wattage to use a 700 watt refrigerator, we need to do some basic math
Running Wattage (R) = 700 watts
Starting Wattage (S) = 700 x 3 = 2100 watts
Total Wattage (R +S) = 700 + 2100 = 2800 watts
In order for us to have our 700 watt fridge to run on a backup generator, we would need to have at least 2800 watt generator! Gault electric happily can provide you with the exact generator to meet your needs with our free, in-home assessment!
How Do Home Generators Work?
A home generator is a backup power source that kicks in automatically when the power goes out. It runs on natural gas, propane, or even solar! and it can provide enough electricity to keep your essential appliances and systems running until the power comes back on. That means you'll have heat, hot water, and a way to cook and keep food fresh during an extended power outage.
How Much Does a Home Generator Cost?
The cost of home generators vary from home to home and are based off system size, installation considerations, and local building codes. Gault Electrical proudly carries the #1 sold generator brand in the U.S., Generac. Generac home backup generators start at $1949.