Do I Need a Home Standby Generator?

Have you been left in the dark by blackouts? If so, you are not alone.

MILWAUKEE (December 19, 2012) - In 2011, more than 20 million electric customers were affected by power outages, according to Dr. Evan Mills from the US Dept. of Energy. The number of power outages has been steadily increasing over the past few years, leading home owners to seek backup power systems to deal with blackouts, including home standby generators.

Are you among the growing number of people forced to deal with the cost and inconvenience of power outages? Find out if a standby generator is the right solution for you!

What Is a Standby Generator?

A home standby generator is a backup power solution that is permanently installed on your property. In the event of a power outage, the home standby generator will automatically turn on and power your essential appliances.

Far too often, homeowners suffer through power outages without realizing this solution is available. This is especially dangerous during extreme summer heat or winter weather. Now that you know what a home generator is and how it works, it is time to investigate if the standby generator fits your needs.

Is a Standby Generator Right for You? 

“Data from various studies lead to cost estimates from storm-related outages to the U.S. economy at between $20 billion and $55 billion annually,” according to the 2012 Congressional report Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency.

Power outages can lead to financial loss through spoiled food, hotel stays, damage caused by appliances losing power and other miscellaneous expenses. Depending on your power needs, you should also take into account what appliance you consider essential to your everyday life.

To determine if you have a need for a standby generator, ask yourself:

  • Have you experienced repeated power outages?
  • Have power outages cost me and my family money?
  • How important are reliable heating and air conditioning to you, your family and your home? In addition to comfort, consider frozen pipes and other home concerns to extreme temperatures.
  • Does power affect your water supply?
  • Are power outages common in my area?

If regular blackouts inconvenience you and cost your money, you may want to consider home generators as a solution.

Can You Afford a Home Generator?

A home standby generator is an investment that may be right for you, depending on the costs you accrue from frequent power outages.


Step 1: Determine Generator Size

Pricing will depend on the size of the generator you are purchasing. Use the GEgenerator sizetool to get started.

Step 2: Get Pricing from Dealer

Once you’ve determined which generator is right for you,find a local dealer  to review your power needs, understand local codes and to provide full pricing information and installation details.


If you cannot afford a home standby generator, check out a portable generator as an alternative.