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Propane Standby Generators: Don’t Get Left in the Dark!

Posted: May 4, 2018

It doesn’t take much to knock out the power to your home or business.

Storm

Let’s set the scene:

Here in Michigan, a storm is always a real possibility. Blizzards in the winter (or perhaps even the middle of April …). Thunderstorms (or even tornadoes) the rest of the year. Heat waves that cause electrical equipment to fail when every house on your street is running the A/C at the same time.

And it’s not just weather. Car crashes can topple utility poles. Wayward squirrels sometimes wander just a bit too close to the transformer. One minute everything’s humming along, and the next … *blink*

Now what am I going to do?

Because, if you’re like most American families today, you might have noticed that power outages are a lot more annoying today than they were even 10 or 15 years ago.

ARRRG, my phone battery is almost dead!

Why won’t Alexa answer my questions???

Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way.

In This Day and Age, a Standby Generator Is More Important Than Ever

When so much of our modern life requires 24/7 connectivity and the ability to power up at a moment’s notice, a standby generator is one of the smartest and easiest investments you can make for your home or business.

Hopefully, you won’t need it more than once or twice a year, if that. But trust us—when everyone else on your block goes dark, you’re going to be very glad you have a backup plan.

Happy to Have Power!

A generator kicks in just a few seconds after the main power being cut off. Sure, you might have to reset the clock on your microwave—oh the horror!—but for the most part you can continue with business as usual while your neighbors are forced to fend for themselves without their Google Home to back them up—or, you know, light and temperature control.

And of course, generators come in all kinds of sizes and capacities to suit any needs—from 10kW units that can power the basics on a small to midsized home, all the way up to hundreds of kilowatt-hour behemoths for business, agriculture, and industry.

But aside from figuring out the capacity of the generator you need, there’s one other important consideration—how to power it.

For that, we humbly suggest propane as the ideal choice, especially in a place like Michigan.

Benefits of Propane for Your Standby Generator

Propane has some pretty obvious—and significant—advantages over other types of fuel when it comes to powering your generator.

  • Propane doesn’t degrade over time like gasoline and diesel. Those fuels can only be stored for about 12 months on average, and will constantly deteriorate throughout that timeframe—hydrocarbons evaporate, contaminants leech in, etc. But you can store propane indefinitely, and it will kick to life no matter how much time has passed. Obviously, that’s huge when it comes to backup generators, since you may use it once a month or go years before you need it—but whenever that day comes, it absolutely has to work.
  • Propane is a lot easier to start in cold weather. Gasoline and diesel thicken and gel up in frosty conditions, which means reliability suffers in the dead of winter. If you live in Florida, maybe that’s not an issue. But in Michigan? You better believe it matters.
  • Propane can be stored safely on your property. Combined with the fact that propane doesn’t degrade, you should have no problems stocking up your supply well in advance. Don’t try doing that with gasoline.
  • You can get more propane when you need it, even during an outage. If you have the misfortunate of suffering through a long, widespread power outage affecting thousands of customers, other fuels sources may become very difficult to acquire. Not so with propane, which is easy to supply and can be delivered right to your home or business by your local distributor.

    Environmental Friendly

  • Propane generators usually run quieter than the alternatives. If you’re going to be relying on your generator for a few hours—or a few days—you’ll definitely appreciate the lower levels of noise pollution.
  • Propane is environmentally friendly. Propane burns cleaner than gas and diesel, with fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Propane can deliver cost savings. As we said, propane burns cleanly and efficiently. It doesn’t degrade, so you won’t have to replace it every few months, and it won’t leave byproducts (like carbon deposits) in the system that may force more regular maintenance. These factors reduce overall cost of operation over time.
  • Propane is an American product. The vast majority of propane bought, sold, and used in the U.S. is produced right here. So when you go with propane, you support American industry and reduce our dependence on foreign fuel sources.

Bottom line?

We all know it pays to plan ahead. The next time the lights go out, don’t get left in the dark. Make sure your electricity needs are covered with a propane standby generator for your home or business.

For more resources and information, check out this website, leave us a message online, or contact your friendly neighborhood propane retailer today!