Ready For The Next Power Outage? A Guide To Portable Generators

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Generac GP5500 Portable Generator

Here’s the only reason I’m buying a portable generator: my concern that we could have an extended power outage in the winter, which could lead to frozen pipes and a lot of damage to the home.

Candlelit dinners aren’t just for romantics. They’re for people without without power, and a portable generator, too.

Vast sections of Connecticut lived by candlelight last year after remnants of Hurricane Irene swept through Connecticut in August and the freak nor’easter hit in late October. The October outages affected 800,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers, two-thirds of the utility’s customer base, for up to 10 days.

Here’s a wish for a snow-free, artificially lit Halloween season and another mild winter. But just in case, The Bottom Line has this contingency for the next crippling storm and power loss: What To Look For In A Portable Generator.

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One thought on “Ready For The Next Power Outage? A Guide To Portable Generators

  1. Stan Dufault

    Informative and well written article. I purchased a 7kw Generac in Connecticut, and moved it to Florida when I retired. It has saved me much grief and inconvenience. I had a whole-house transfer switch installed and wired out to my screened patio. It cost $520.00. In Florida heat, it is unwise to run cords through an open door. It invites insects and reptiles.
    One caution about the use of it, is to never fill the gas tank while it is running or still hot. I run it for about 15 minutes a month, and keep an eye on the oil level and cleanliness.

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