Due to the increase in hurricanes and natural disasters, many people are seriously considering buying generators as their electrical systems are often compromised by weather and the elements. And many have to spend a lot of time without electricity. In addition, if some summer residents used to go through their simple generators earlier, now they notice that the devices spend too much fuel (gasoline, gas or diesel) during disconnects. What is the problem and what to do? How to choose the right generator and how to save fuel?
If you plan to spend 2 to 4 weeks on electricity from a generator, then you need to determine the amount of fuel required for this. If the electricity company is the reason for the disconnection from the power grid, then the question of fuel does not arise – you can always buy more. But if the reason for the outage is some kind of disaster, then restocking can be difficult.
How to calculate how much fuel you need?
Manufacturers typically rate their generators in terms of hours per tank of fuel at half load. For an accurate assessment, you can fill the tank and run the generator for an hour at full power – as in the case of an accident – and then measure the amount of fuel spent (in an hour, just go to the tank fuel until completely filling and see how much fuel you had to pour).
How to reduce fuel consumption by a generator?
Take, for example, a 8,000 watt generator with a 8.5-ring tank, which is indicated as designed for work within 11 hours (at a load of 50%). Such a generator spends a little more than 0.75 gallons per hour. These are about 18 gallons per day and about 180 gallons in 10 days. These are a lot of gas cylinders. Of course, in emergency conditions you will need to run fewer equipment items, so the load can be less, and the less the load, the less fuel consumption. Thus, turning off part of the lighting devices and unnecessary household appliances, you will save a lot of fuel.
If you have the opportunity, think about a two -fuel generator (gasoline and gas – combined type).
For emergency situations, it is better to take a powerful generator if there are children and elderly people in the house, because you may need to pump water (when flood) or heat the house (if cold).
Generators for home and garden can be found on the website. Sellers are ready to suggest to buyers the models of generators that best meet their requirements.