Generators can be portable or stationary whole-house standby units. They run on a variety of fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas (NG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Each type has its pros and cons.
Portable generators are usually kept in storage and retrieved when needed. If portable generators are improperly connected to a home’s meter panel, voltage can be sent back to the power lines where a Coast Electric lineman is working and electrocute them. To avoid this dangerous situation, plug appliances directly into a portable generator. Always read and understand all safety instructions before using a portable generator.
Whole-house standby generators vary in size. They are normally placed within close proximity of a home and are permanently wired into the meter panel on the house. They can be wired to start automatically or manually. It is advised to have a dealer assess your home to determine what size generator you need for your home. You should always have a certified, licensed electrician do the installation. Always read and understand all safety instructions before using a whole-house standby generator.