KANSAS CITY, Missouri - When those powerful storms hit our area it's nice to have power in reserve. I'm going to show you how easy it can be.
Last week we showed you the importance of getting your home pre-wired with a transfer switch to safely get power from your generator to your electric system. The next step is to understand your power needs for your home.
The whole gist behind a generator goes back to self sufficiency - being able to take care of yourself in a major power outage be it the spring, summer, fall or whenever.
"What we do is kind of interview them to a point," says Bob Ball of Ball Power Equipment. "We know what they want to run and what they don't want to run."
Ball says to always consider a portable generator first. You will get much more bang for your buck with multiple uses.
A 5,000 watt generator will do just about everything they need to do around the house.
And, finally don't buy a generator and leave it sitting around. It's a gas powered engine! You need to run it every once in a while. The last thing you need in an emergency is to find out you own a generator that won't start.
There are certain benefits your insurance company may help you with when adding a generator to your home. Check with your agent to make sure you know the right way and the wrong way to hook backup power to your home.
I'm Toby Tobin - see you next week!
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