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A whole-home generator.Power outages are becoming increasingly more prevalent and affect almost everyone at some point. There are a growing number of people turning to generators to obtain power. 

If your power goes out frequently, it is often best to have whole-home generators, which are more commonly referred to as standby generators. With a standby generator, you don't need to store gasoline, and it causes less noise.

A whole-home generator.

Additionally, the need to have a knotted bundle of extension cords is removed, as the unit is directly hardwired into your electric system.

While portable generators are more commonly used, standby generators have the advantage of turning on automatically when the power goes out.

Despite its price tag and the fact that it must be professionally installed, a standby generator might be a good option. Standby generator units typically cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the wattage, brand and installation fees.

Electric generator costs are high, so many people are turning to portable generators, which are less expensive and don't require installation, making them more commonplace. Portable generators can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500.

However, you need to run extension cords for a portable generator, which can be extremely dangerous if you don't pay attention. A cracked or split extension cord should be thrown away or repaired immediately, and you should store portable generators far from your home when in use.

If you own a home, then you probably know the importance of a functioning electric source. Nothing is worse than having no lights or entertainment and watching food spoil.

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