An automatic backup generator is an electrical generator that is permanently wired to a home's electrical system and automatically provides backup power to important circuits in the event of an electrical outage. Automat... More »

Connect a backup generator to the wiring of a home using a transfer switch. The switch connects the generator to the circuits in the house you want to power when the electrical grid is not working. It prevents the genera... More »

Solar power backup generators are either mobile or fixed units. A mobile unit contains a battery and a panel array that provide basic electrical service in the event of a power failure. Disaster preparation companies, su... More »

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Determining an emergency generator’s required size involves totalling the wattage needed for each appliance to run in the event of an outage. The more appliances running during an outage, the higher the generator size re... More »

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Select a whole-house generator based on the electrical devices you want to power during an outage, the noise the unit produces, and the cost. Decide if the ability to operate an air conditioner or heat pump during the ou... More »

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If you live in an area where power outages are common, installing a portable generator provides emergency backup power. While it is possible to power lights using extension cords, hardwiring with a transfer switch is oft... More »

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Connect a backup generator to the wiring of a home using a transfer switch. The switch connects the generator to the circuits in the house you want to power when the electrical grid is not working. It prevents the genera... More »