For Electric Customers
A portable generator uses a combustion engine to power a generating device that provides temporary electrical power. The fuel-powered engine turns a small generator to create usable electricity up to the generator-rated kW level. You can plug electrical appliances or tools directly into the generator's sockets, or a professional can wire the generator into your home’s sub-panel by installing a disconnect switch. Many construction companies use a portable generator on remote sites to power tools and lights. Portable generators are most commonly used by residential customers who are left without power after severe weather in order to keep critical appliances operating. Knowing how much energy your appliances require will help determine what size generator will meet your needs in an emergency. These devices usually have enough power to keep a freezer, refrigerator, television and some lights working during a power outage.
Portable generators come in all sizes, from a unit suitable for camping to a size capable of running a residential air conditioner in the summertime and designed to be a temporary electrical generator. Generator use is measured in hours instead of days and size does matter in the amount of electricity one can generate. You will need to know what you are planning to operate and figure the total wattage you need prior to purchasing a generator. A qualified electrician or a qualified generator supplier can help with reviewing your needs and making recommendations for the correct size portable generator.