In a perfect world, standby generators would be capable of powering themselves, and wouldn’t require us to supply electricity. But that’s just not how it is.
Generators require us to supply the fuel so that they can keep the lights on and the fridge running during blackouts, brownouts, natural disasters and other instances of emergency. That said, what exactly should you know about the fuel that keeps your generator running?
First things first: Choosing the right type of fuel
Selecting the appropriate fuel type will depend on your generator. If you're using a cost-efficient standby generator, the equipment will be hooked into your natural gas resources and draws upon this supply when it's needed - making the entire process rather seamless and convenient.
On the other hand, if you have a portable generator, you’ll typically choose between kerosene and diesel fuel. While portable generators are technically capable of running on gasoline as their fuel, the efficiency is impacted - making it the least ideal source of fuel. (We personally wouldn’t bother with it.)
Knowing how often to refuel
As mentioned above, a person won’t need to worry about any refueling with a standby generator. Portable generators will get refueled depending on their usage. If you fill the tank up with enough fuel to last for a day and only lose power for a few hours, you won’t have to worry about it too often. However if you’re dealing with a smaller generator, it's going to take up a fair amount of your attention.
Nobody likes having to drop what we’re doing during a power outage to go refuel a portable generator, so for this reason, many of us have made the switch to a standby generator. This has been able to save many people from ongoing costs, as taking advantage of a natural gas service is much less expensive than buying diesel fuel.
Knowing where to store your fuel
Choosing the care-free fuel option