Today, consumers are faced with many situations which might cause them to be without power. Every time you read the news, there are reports of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like that can leave families and whole communities without power for days or even weeks. Setting aside catastrophes, there are also times when having the convenience of power in a remote location would be helpful. Any of these situations could be improved by having a generator on hand.
A standby power generator is a device which makes electrical energy from some other form of mechanical energy. It can be powered by steam, gasoline, wind or a number of other options. In each case, the energy created by wind, hand-cranking or other source converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Having a generator on hand when you find yourself with a power outage to deal with can be very comforting. Depending on the size and capacity of the generator, you can run essential appliances and systems in your home. This may be able to help provide heat, cooking functions and maintain your food refrigeration until power can be restored.
Portable generators are also used for jobsites such as new construction where conventional electric power supply is not yet available. They can be taken to sites following accidents or storms where power is needed to operate rescue or clean up equipment. Powerful generators can be used to run entire homes and are often used at vacation cabins where connecting to conventional electrical utilities is cost prohibitive.
When choosing a generator, consider the circumstances under which you will need it to work. Do you need it to be portable? If it is stationary, what will you need it to power? Will you need just essential systems or an entire home? What source of energy is available to you to power the generator? Buying a system that is too small or ill-suited for your needs will be of little help and an expensive waste of your money. Not having the proper source of power for the generator when you need it can also be frustrating, if not dangerous. Make sure you keep a supply of gasoline or whatever you need to run the generator on hand so that you will be ready for any situation. For more information see the ECO Power Supplies standby generators range.