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Home Generator 101

Residential: What's a home generator?

A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away. All within seconds of a power outage. Plus home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

How it works

  1. Before the power goes out, your Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) monitors electricity
  2. When the power fails or drops under an acceptable level, the ATS signals the generator to start.
  3. Your generator powers your home
  4. When power is restored, the ATS automatically transfers the power source back to your utility
  5. Your generator turns off

Portable vs Standby generator?

When it comes to backup power, you have two choices: Portable or Home.

Portable generators

  • Designed for jobsites or any mobile activities such as camping or small events.
  • Powers individual items such as small appliances and lamps
  • Runs on gasoline or diesel

Explore portable generators

Learn more about renting a generator for your next event or job! 

Standby Generators:

  • A home generator automatically starts to restore power in seconds.
  • It can power your home and keep critical systems such as sump pumps, well pumps, air conditioning, or your heat on!
  • There is no need to refuel your home generator
  • Delivers high quality power that won’t harm your electronics.