There’s nothing worse than an electricity outage at home when using something useful. Boiling the kettle or using the washing machine. In the UK, we don’t suffer so much as the US with the terrible storms that cause outages, however, we can fall prey to electricity cuts. Some very well prepared people store their own generator at home – just in case – but it’s not always for an emergency! We’ve found some fun and useful ways that generators are utilised at home and work – in some cases, celebratory!
1. Storm outages
In emergencies, particularly in the US, houses require a backup generator to keep electrical appliance running in case of emergency. Many businesses also need generators, particularly hospitals.
2. Camping and Caravan
We tend to enjoy taking the kitchen sink on our holidays, so some holiday-makers will take a portable generator with them to enjoy using home comforts, such as cookers, fridges, kettles, lighting, air-con, GPS or the TV.
3. Mowing the lawn
For the areas of lawn that you can’t get to with an electric mower – a generator can help you get round areas that could be a distance away from an electrical source near a building.
4. Inflating tyres
If you have a vehicle that you can’t move or is difficult to access with a standard electricity point, a portable generator can certainly help you out of a difficult spot.
5. Air brush painting
Airbrushing as a hobby or as a job – often requires small portable generators to power the air brush gun. Generators can emit carbon monoxide, so be cautious on where you use one.
6. Bouncy castles
It’s that time of year when the kids love to have a bounce outside (and some adults may enjoy too!). Ideal for an afternoon of fun!
7. Marquee for a party
Many weddings are being celebrated in outdoor marquees in the summer, the role of the generator has become invaluable to fuel fridges, lighting, music and so on.
8. Jet washing
Difficult areas of the outdoors can be awkward to access, so a generator is ideal to power up outdoor tools.
9. Cement mixer
A builder’s friend – the generator is essential for powering up cement mixers – only one of many appliances needed for building work (as well as the kettle to provide the British cup of tea!).
10. Outdoor exhibitions
It’s the start of the summertime outdoor fete and exhibitions. You’d be surprised at the facilities that need electricity required to run a stall – water coolers, kettles, lighting, laptops, chargers, fridges and more!
To select the correct generator for the first time can be a daunting task, knowing the size and capacity depends on the appliances you intend to use, and choosing which fuel you wish to run the generator on can leave you scratching your head. We have a few simple pointers to help you decide on how to shop around:
1. Identify the appliance or tools you wish to operate.
2. Find out the required power for the items you’re about to use, ie watts of appliance.
3. Add the required Watts of each items that will run simultaneously (also allow for motor starting of appliance).
4. Choose the generator that has rated Watts that exceed or meet the total power.