When The Lights Go Out

It’s hard to imagine life without electricity. You depend on it so much that you probably won’t last the week or even a day without electricity. That is why when there is power shortage on our area, it can be really frustrating especially when you just want to lie on your couch all day and watch television. Generators are slowly becoming common in households. You might be thinking of getting one for yourself for a variety of reasons. There might be a typhoon coming or other calamities that will probably mean bad news to your electric supply.

Getting a good generator that fits your lifestyle requires research and considerations. How big is your house, your family, your budget, etc. There are a lot of generators available in the market and if you really are serious, you should have brief background on each one.

Getting the right generator

Generator can be quite expensive, so it is better to get the type you really need. Some of the types of generators are:

  • Gasoline – the most common type of generator available in the market. They are best used as portable generators. So, if you like camping and out door activities, this might do the trick.
  • Diesel - compared to gasoline, diesel fueled generators are most commonly used where heavy usage is necessary. Although like gasoline, they can be quite ineffective during power shortages because they require electricity to pump.
  • Propane Gas – With cleaner exhaust compared to gasoline and diesel, propane powered generator is commonly used during power shortage or blackouts. For those who always experience problems on their electricity due to climate conditions or other factors, this maybe a good choice for you.

There are other available generators in the market. However, the three given above are among the most popular due to different reasons.

Should you buy one?

You have the budget for a new generator. You could buy right now, but the real question is if you should. If you are going to use it at home, generators are more of a luxury than a need. If you’re experiencing power shortage 1 to 2 times a year, a generator doesn’t really make sense. But if you are working in an office or your country is prone to bad weather, it is wise to consider. Research and read some generator buying guide online to help make up your mind.

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