Hooking up a portable generator to power my house

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A generator is a core component to many people's emergency preparedness plans. (Maybe you have a cool charcoal powered or a multi-fuel generator.) However many fail to think through how exactly they will power the items they want to run when the grid is down.

In June of 2012 my family experienced a 10 day power outage. It was eye opening. It was 100 degrees during the day with periods of heavy rain. I had to run a sump pump to keep my basement dry, a refrigerator, freezer for food preservation, a portable AC unit in the living room to protect my infant, we charged phones, and ran the wifi router. I had power cords everywhere. It was a pain. I decided then and there I would find a better way.

A generator transfer switch is the legal and proper way to power your home with an emergency generator. There are three main types: automatic, manual transfer sub panel and a breaker interlock. Each has varying degrees of complexity, benefits and expense.

Automatic transfer...

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Choose a wiring system.

There are several different wiring systems that can be used to connect a generator to a home. The main two are discussed here

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. Contact your local Department of Labor and Industries, Planning Department, or Power Company to find out what is legal in your area. Do not consult the internet to find out which system is legal in your area. There are many people that are unqualified to offer advice doing just that, and the law can vary significantly between countries, states, and even cities.

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Consider an interlock kit. These are fairly simple to install yourself and they are the...
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The most basic method of supplying backup power is running a portable generator in your yard, then plugging in extension cords that plug into your appliances. It’s also the least expensive solution since you don’t need to hire an electrician to install a subpanel. The downside is you have to run extension cords everywhere you want power and you’re limited to how many things you can plug in at once (most generators have either two or four outlets). You also have to start and maintain the generator.

When the power goes out, place the generator on a flat surface outside, at least 10 ft. from the house. Don’t set it under awnings, canopies or carports, or inside the house or garage. It’s absolutely critical that you keep the generator away from your house and especially away from doors and windows—your life could depend on it! More people die from carbon monoxide poisoning from the gas engines on generators than from the disasters causing the power...

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In case of blackout, how do you hook up a generator to the house? Do you run extension cord from the main panel to the generator or do you run each appliances to it. We just moved out of the city to the country and just trying to figure everything out. Thanks for your help!!!

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Permanently installed generators all come with a "transfer switch" (of varying sophistication)

which **isolates** the two power sources attached to the house...

the UNFUSED power company and the generator.

Something of this sort should be done even with a portable.

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The problem is the term "each appliance"...

the portable generator is not going to produce enough power to run each appliance at the same time.

There are compromises to be had...
but anything you install needs to isolate the power company feed.

hth

ps: hire a licensed electrician

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Anything could happen. A tornado or a heavy rain could bring down the entire electrical system of a city. Under such circumstances, the best way to have backup power is by having a preinstalled portable generator. With this, you can ensure that all your electrical devices are running. But how to connect a portable generator to a house? Luckily, that is the basis of this article. Continue reading to learn more.

Connecting a Portable Generator to your house guide

Step 1: Know the appliances you plan to use, and then consider their wattage.

For example, a refrigerator uses roughly 1200-1500 Watts while a microwave uses 1500 watts. A TV uses slightly less than 1000 watts while CFL bulbs use 150 watts. Knowing the appliances you will use will help you choose the best generator.

Step 2: Choose an appropriate wiring system.

There are mainly two kinds of wiring system...

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How Much Juice Do You Need to Produce?

The chart below shows how many watts of electricity it takes to run various household appliances. Also listed are the number of watts needed to start up appliances that have motors. When using any generator for emergency power, be sure that the total running watts and starting watts of all the appliances being used at one time doesn't exceed the design maximum.

However, the total number of watts (running and starting) hooked up to the transfer switch can exceed this limit; you just won't be able to use all the appliances at the same time. For example, powering a 3,000W electric water heater with a 5,000W generator leaves you barely enough juice to run your coffeemaker. And remember, an 800W refrigerator will require an additional 2,300 watts each time the compressor kicks on.

Coffeemaker: 1,750 running watts, add 0 watts for starting
Freezer: 500 running watts, add 750 watts for starting
Furnace (1/4-hp fan): 600 running...

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Now that you realize that you have to live with the temporary power outages in your neighborhood, it is time to buy a good portable generator. A handy gadget to have around your home, the portable generator is the perfect answer when it comes to running your fridge, TV and PC, in addition to keeping your home well-lit during power outages or any other emergencies like hurricanes or thunderstorms. Once you have acquired your portable generator, you need to know about certain important things before hooking it up.

Select the appliances to run on your generator

If you just want to run your TV, PC, fans, fridge and freezer and have a few lights on, you would have chosen a gasoline generator with a power rating of 3,500W. This is indicated on the label on your generator, and such generators can run for up to 12 hours on a full tank. It makes sense to check the wattage requirement on each of the appliances you propose to use, and ensure that the total wattage does not...

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THE BASIC FACTS.

There are different types of backup power devices depending on their operation and source of energy.

Portable electrical generators

(or

gensets

) are designed to temporarily provide AC power by burning supplied fuels. This page will explain you how they work, what types are available, how to choose the right one and how to connect it. As the name implies, these devices are for stand alone (non-hardwired) applications. Homeowners normally use them to energize a few appliances via extension cords, although high-end models can power an entire home.

Besides home use, portable generators are utilized on construction sites and basically everywhere where the grid is not available. Currently, they are sold in the range of 500W to 20kW, which will fit most homeowners requirements. Their main advantages are they are generally cheaper than standby systems and may be used right away without the need of any special installation.

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Comments to the video: How to Power your House with an Inverter or Generator During a Power Outage Part 3/3

Romana Angersbach 12 days ago

Go to Inplix if you'd like to build it yourself.

puttesla intxtbks 26 days ago

lights all on one side, move a few trip relays in load box. may not even have to remove any wires, depending on how much play in wires. fridge would be a good start. Trade with one above or below. Thanks for vids!

mazdalorean 1 month ago

I enjoyed the series , so thanks for sharing. I also really enjoyed reading all of the comments. Double the entertainment. I haven't checked all of your other videos yet , but I'd love to see a split phase inverter set up. At this point , it sounds like the most logical way to go ( if you want to still use the 240 loads). Besides , you never know when you may need to use a 240 volt inverter type welder when the power is out. What are your options?

Robbie Gilbert 2 months ago...

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Want to build your own portable solar power generator to take with you on camping trips or for use in an emergency? I’ll show you how below, it’s easier than you think. Goal Zero’s version of this cost over $400 and doesn’t include any solar panels! Depending on what you include yours will cost under $150 by buying inexpensive parts from Amazon.com.

How portable do you want your solar generator to be?

Think about how heavy and large it should be? Are you going to use a hand truck to carry around a huge toolbox filled with batteries and a large solar panel or do you want a tiny one that will fit in your glove box? The wiring and concept will be the same for either size so the choice is yours. I wanted something in between that I could carry but still had some decent capacity to do some work.

Video showing components:

The Container

First I bought a case that would be a good jumping off point that I could fit a 10...

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Guest Post by Merete Mueller reposted from Tiny

Perhaps one my favorite things about our tiny house (other than falling asleep to the sound of rain on a steel roof) is that it is entirely off grid.

Christopher and I are both environmentalists of sorts, having spent chunks of our lives studying, researching, and telling stories about humans’ interactions with our natural resources and waste. Part of this tiny house experiment has always been about learning to lessen our own impact.

And there’s also the practical side of things: 40 miles from a major town, our tiny house doesn’t have access to a “grid” of any kind. No gas lines. No power lines. No water lines or sewage system. We’ve had to figure out our own solutions for each of these utilities.

Park County, Colorado gets an average of 246 sunny days each year, so solar power was an obvious choice for our electric needs. Throughout the building stage, Christopher looked into rigging up a system of...

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