Natural gas standby electric generators provide your home or business with electricity when your utility power is interrupted due to snow, ice or high winds. With a natural gas generator installed, you will be able to keep your refrigerator freezer running and not have to worry about losing your frozen foods. If the electrical interruption occurs in winter, you will be able to keep the blower on your gas furnace operating and thus avoid frozen water lines. Even a small unit can help by running an appliance or two along with a few lights.
It is important to contact Columbia Gas before purchasing or installing your standby generator. Contact the New Business Team at 1-800-440-6111 and we will evaluate the size of the generator to ensure our existing service line can support the additional load without making changes to our facilities. In some cases, additional cost may be involved to upgrade the existing service line and support the standby generator load.
Natural gas generators cost 40-50 percent less per hour to run than gasoline powered models. Natural gas powered generators do not require any fuel to be stored at your home for their operation. Natural gas is supplied to the equipment from the house line that delivers gas to your furnace, water heater and other gas appliances. Models are available in a variety of sizes from 5 KW (KiloWatt) to 60 KW to match your electrical load.
Automatic start: Many models offer an option that senses when a failure occurs in your electricity from your electric supplier. The standby unit starts itself and begins giving you electricity in about a minute. It then monitors the electricity from the street and, when it senses that the power is restored, shuts itself off.
Exercise timers: Many units offer timers that run the unit 15-30 minutes each week. This keeps the starting battery charged so that it will be ready for use during an outage.
Weatherproof enclosure: The generator sits outside your home in a painted, weatherproof enclosure just like your air conditioning unit. This cover protects the equipment from rain and snow, and since the generator is installed on a concrete pad outside of your home, you always have the option of taking the unit with you if you should move to a new home.
Generator engines are manufactured by companies such as Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, Onan and Perkins. These are the same reliable engines that power garden tractors and other devices. The units require a minimum of maintenance. The oil, oil filter and air filter should require changing only once per year. These units can provide you with 120 volt and 240 volt service at 30 amps, 60 amps, 125 amps or more. Natural gas consumption for the generator varies from 110 cubic feet per hour to 475 cubic feet per hour.