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Diesel Generator Alternatives

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    LESLIE: Tom in Virginia is looking for some help with a generator. What can we do for you?

    TOM IN VIRGINIA: Well, I was just wondering if there are any alternatives to the generators that are run by diesel fuel, that you can get hold of. The electric companies, they have their plans but I was wondering if there’s anything else out there.

    TOM: Well, absolutely. In fact, my house is run by a Generac standby generator and I’ve used it twice today since we had some storms that rolled through the house. And it’s great because my Generac is powered by natural gas, so I never have to worry about fuel for it; it’s just hooked up to the gas pipe. And it comes on within about 15 seconds of losing power and then it repowers about half the house; that’s how we have it set up. And so you can use a natural gas standby generator and the prices have come way down on them.

    And I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of security to having a standby generator because you don’t have to worry about losing food and losing your heating system and things like that and not losing lights on a dark, stormy night. So I really believe in standby generators. I think everyone should have one. I’m glad to see that the prices are coming down.

    You might want to take a look at the Generac website at NeverFeelPowerless.com. There’s a lot of information about standbys there and also ways that you can calculate the size that you need.

    TOM IN VIRGINIA: OK, that sounds good. Yeah, the last time we had a hurricane come through there, people thought my house was possessed because we had power.

    TOM: Yeah, right? I know. Yeah, the neighbors will come down the street with their milk and eggs to borrow and put in your refrigerator.

    TOM IN VIRGINIA: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. (Tom and Leslie chuckle) Yeah, for three days we had breakfast at my house.

    TOM: There you go. (chuckles) Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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