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AC vs. DC Electric: Why Should You Care?

Your Solar IRA

Low Hanging Fruit

"A Thousand Points of Light" Going Green

Lighting: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

What You Should Know about Flat Screen TV's

What Is T.V.S.S. and Why Do I Need It?

Surge Strips vs. Plug-in Power Conditioners

Generators: Why and How Much?

How to Read Your Power Bill

How to Read Your Power Bill, Part II

The Wichita Lineman is Run Over By A Mac Truck

Stay the Course

Electrical "Snake Oil"

Four Birds, One Stone

Generators: Why and How Much?

We have had a good run the past couple of years with no hurricanes for which we are all grateful. So, should you really consider spending money for a stand-by generator? It has been almost three years since I lost power at my home on three long occasions. I almost forget how miserable I was. After having gone through these three outages, I finally did some re-wiring in my home so that I could power a window A/C unit in my guest bedroom, along with several lights, the refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave that I could run with a small generator. Now I am ready!

If you are considering a "whole house" generator like you see in the home stores, be diligent about what you are buying. These units tend to be labeled "whole house", but in fact most will not even provide enough power to run your A/C. If you do decide to opt for a permanently installed generator make sure to have natural gas available to your home. Propane can be very difficult to find after a storm to keep your generator running.

When it comes to stand-by power, a homeowner has many options when preparing for the next "Big One". Your choice ranges from what I did in my home to a "whole house generator". To learn more about what you need to know about generators, you can e-mail me at

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