Almost every home and business in this country is connected to a utility company's electrical grid. There are some buildings that generate their own power through alternative means such as harnessing the wind and sun. However, the vast majority of homes rely on the electrical company to provide them with the necessary power to satisfy their energy demands. But what happens when you loose power? Most people simply “man-up” and wait in the dark for the power to return. But what if you need power for critical systems such as a sump pump, sewage ejector, or heat during extended outages? What are your choices to supplement the public utility's source of energy?
As mentioned, there are alternative sources of energy, but most are expensive and may not be adequate for your particular situation. Another option would be the small portable generator. These have been powering needs in remote locations for quite some time. You can purchase such a generator at a reasonable cost to help you get through the tough times of a power outage. The simplest installation is to merely run extension cords into the house to power up critical appliances like refrigerators and furnaces. But the better installation includes wiring in a transfer switch, which essentially powers up dedicated outlets and lighting circuits within the home. An upgrade beyond that is the standby generator. These are larger wattage units (that cost more), that when rated properly can power up an entire house. And the beauty of these generators is that they can be installed with an automatic transfer switch that turns the generator on by itself when power is cut off from the utility. Powered by natural or LP gas, the units are self-sustaining allowing you to continue your daily routine, even when the rest of the neighborhood is in the dark.
When considering a generator powered home system, always consult the expert advice of a licensed electrician. The wiring plan is technical and is not a do-it-yourself project. Protect your family and investment by hiring qualified personnel.