Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

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Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by racine on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:24 pm

I endured Katrina like most of you and after 10 days without power I started looking into the quieter home generators. I noticed how gas was only available to LEO, First Responders and Medical Support Staff. Next I pondered sustaining gas generators with such a high cost to power the homes refrigeration and AC. I then also noticed how police reports detail the theft of portable generators on a semi-frequent basis. Locals have commented that such events are so rare as to nullify justification for spending on a bigger house generator. My thoughts initially was to get one that powered the whole house and that ran on Propane or Natural Gas. Those prices seemed more stable than petrol and I already had a 500 gallon tank for my water heater, stove, and fireplace. Why not use that for a generator. Yes the cost would be astronomical, perhaps in the $5-8K but there are enough brown and black outs locally each year that keeps me wondering about the practicality? What say you???

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by Beladran on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:42 pm

racine were you live bro? seems like i was the only new construction this year that didnt get a home genny. go to ace in town they got a generac or guardian that is a 20kw i think for about 5g. the expensive kick is that auto relay switch

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by dnr1128 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:48 pm

If the price is prohibitive for some people, a diesel generator would be better than gas. During katrina diesel was much easier to get than gasoline.

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by ree_countrygirl on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:21 pm

dont know about ur situation but to me it would be worth it. we have a pretty big, not home size but decent sized, one that we can run our tv and fridge off of and its WONDERFUL!!! i can see u wanting the propane instead of gas. the peace of mind knowing u had power in that situation would be worth it IMO

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by sidroski on Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:26 am

When my mom lost power, I took her little honda generator and ran a cord into the house. Plugged in the heater blower fan (central heat don't work without a fan), one lamp and the T.V. Her and my grandmother were fine. We took the freezer to my house and plugged that in.
Whole house units for 5K+ are a waste IMHO, 90 % of what's on your power is useless. Keep the frig, freezer, a light or two and the heater blower or fans if it's hot. I keep 6 5 gallon tanks of gas and the gas out of my neighb...I mean my truck and it'll run for a while.

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by Methos on Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:43 pm

One thing to consider is that when you need the gen, will fuel be unavailable, and for how long, or is it available but at unreachable prices?

Sidroski is right, most of the power produced by the big gens is wasted. You could run all your ac and such but at what cost? If an event is temporary like a hurricane then perhaps its fine, but if an event is unknown, there's no way in hell I would waste my fuel on AC if I thought it was the last I'd be able to get.

I've found that basically for short term, most people just want to keep their fridge and feezer going and run a fan and lights. I have a 3500watt that gets 3 hours per gallon at half load and it will run fridge and freezer just fine. A 5000 or 8000watt will do the same but will only get you about an hour per gallon - which IMHO is poor fuel economy.

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by Beladran on Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:59 am

Methos wrote: A 5000 or 8000watt will do the same but will only get you about an hour per gallon - which IMHO is poor fuel economy.

lol so 12 gallons per hour would be???

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by encoreman on Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:06 pm

I'll say it, extremely poor fuel economy unless you have a 7,500 gallon tanker for a fuel tank!! And if you run it constantly you will get about 26 days worth on that 7,500 gallons and a cost of only $20,000 + change. And to think we fuss about a $300-400 power bill.

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Re: Are whole home generators impractical for this area?

Post by DBLTAP on Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:07 am

If you are going to store gas for the gen. go to your local airport and get ap fuel it will last longer it does not have ethanol in it. ethanol sucks.the gas we get now has it in it for our cars no mileage

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