With a backup emergency power generator, thunderstorms, ice-storms, or any kind of weather means no-worries. A propane fueled generator starts reliably, immediately and gives you all the comforts of home – in spite of the conditions outside.
Why Run A Generator on Propane?
Generators can run on most fuels including diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and Propane. Unfortunately, due to the standby nature of generators, they spend most of the time idle. When sitting for long periods of up to 6 months, diesel fuel and gasoline can gum up and clog the inner parts of the engine. Over time, these fuels can damage rubber seals and fuel lines. In addition, diesel fuel and gasoline can make for very hard starting in cold weather. Clean burning propane reduces engine wear, has an indefinite shelf life and can be used for other appliances in your home.
How Long Will I have Power with Propane?
Typical home backup generators range in size from 7 kilowatts (kW) to 20kW. A 7 kW generator is powerful enough to run only the critical systems in a home. These include heating systems, a well pump, a sump pump, refrigerators, and some lighting. A homeowner would have to move up to at least a 15 kW system to enjoy their home just as they would with their regular electricity.
A 7kW generator will run for 66 hours, a 12kW generator will run for 36 hours on a 100 gallon tank at full load. Most of the time, the generator is operating between 25-75% capacity and the fuel supply will last much longer. Learning from our experience in previous storms and other emergencies, Stiles Fuel recommends that customers installing a home standby generator have enough propane storage for several days worth of generator run time.