So, you are thinking of buying a generator. Although Eskom has announced that there will be no more load shedding for the foreseeable future, it is better to be safe than sorry. We will be prepared this time! There is still cable theft to look out for anyway, and since we do not like being without power, we are really leaning toward the option of buying a generator.
Buying a generator for the first time can be overwhelming. There is size to consider, and yes, depending on how much power you want during a power outage, size does matter. However, to calculate the correct size of the generator, you need to add up the wattage of everything you want powered in your home. If you are looking for a cheap solution, a portable generator does get the job done. A few lights, the refrigerator, maybe a TV and recharging your cell phones. For a more complete solution, standby generators are installed permanently to your home. They also require professional installation and are pricier than the portable generator. What I like most about the standby generator is that it automatically turns on when we lose power. While portable generators are the cheaper option, it can also be a hassle. Portable generators need to be started manually or with an electric start and needs to be fueled every few hours. It also needs to be properly grounded to prevent electrical shock. Using the power chords are also advised.
Though there is no denying that buying a generator is a good investment, some businesses may find it more cost efficient to hire a generator. Some business may hire a generator for a special project, in which case they can specify which size they want for different occasions while also ensuring they get the latest high-performance generators for their money.