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How Should I Fuel My Generator?

Equipping your home with a whole-house generator is a great way in which to ensure that your life can continue as normal in the event of a power outage, regardless of how long that outage may last. Of course, in addition to ensuring that your generator in Boston, MA is of the right size for your home, and that it is installed and serviced properly, you must also ensure that you are using the fuel that makes the most sense for your personal preferences and usage habits. Below you’ll find a brief description of several fuel options. Feel free to contact the generator experts at FB Electrical Services Inc. for more information.

  • Gasoline: Gasoline is very readily available, but is typically used only in portable generators. It does not have a very long shelf life, and is subject to pretty considerable price fluctuations. For these reasons, powering a whole-house generator with gasoline is not really a consideration.
  • Propane: Liquid propane has a good shelf life, and is less likely to see very wide price fluctuations than a fuel such as gasoline. It does require on-site storage in a tank, though, and you must ensure that you have a sufficient delivery schedule in place.
  • Diesel: Diesel, like gasoline, is readily available at most gas stations. It is also an option to consider in a whole-house generator. Diesel engines do not require a spark ignition, and are renowned for their durability. Again, though, storing diesel for long periods of time is inadvisable and, in the event of a widespread power outage, getting it out of a pump may not be possible.
  • Natural Gas: Natural gas is a very affordable and relatively clean-burning fossil fuel. It is also incredibly convenient, as it is piped directly to your home. Just remember that not every home will have access to natural gas, and the piping that it requires must be professionally installed by a qualified individual.

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