Alternative Power ~ Generators

Before you buy a generator to use for powering appliances and electrical devices when the grid goes down, it’s important to first determine wattage needs.  Everything in the house has different requirements, and–depending on the time of year–not everything may need to be powered.

Using this great calculator from consumer reports, you can determine what you want to power, how many things will be running at the same time, and calculate the size of the generator needed.  Remember, things like space heaters, hair dryers, and toasters require a TON of wattage….it may be a good idea to see if you can find alternatives for power suckers like those.

Calculator

 

Let me know what you discover? How big does your generator need to be? We run the house off 5000 Watts.  Stay tuned for details on how we rigged our setup.