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Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. A standby generator can limit the interruption of a power outage by automatically restoring power to your home or business. Since every home's power requirements are different, choosing a generator begins with knowing what appliances and systems you want to run during an outage.

Generator Options

Basic Standby Generator
A basic standby generator system will power your home's essential appliances to get you through a power outage. These units can power a refrigerator, microwave, television and a few lights. 

  • Generator Size: 5 kW to 10 kW
  • Total cost: $5,000-$7,000*

Load-Controlled Standby Generator
Load-controlled home generators make the most efficient use of a standby generator by managing your electrical needs by sharing generator capacity without overloading. These units can power a water heater, refrigerator and air conditioner.

  • Generator Size: 10 kW to 20 kW
  • Total cost: $7,000-$9,000*

Whole-House Standby Generator
Whole-house standby generators are the best solution for those who want to enjoy all their comforts during an outage. They produce enough electricity to power everything in your home simultaneously -- from multiple air conditioners to double ovens, washing machines and dryers.

  • Generator Size: 20 kW and above
  • Total cost: $9,000-$11,000*

 Standby generators should be installed by a professional dealer.

* Includes generator, automatic transfer switch, fuel connection and installation.

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