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Question DetailsAsked on 7/5/2012

I am considering a whole house generator. It would exclude the a/c and stove. What are the important items to be considered in Florida?

I live in NE Florida. The options I have seen are propane and natural gas.

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Please do note that natural gas is highly explosive. I would not consider it a safe source of fuel except in an emergency that lasts only a few hours -- like a rolling power outage. If the emergency is caused by weather -- hurricanes, for example -- you might be without power for at least several days. In that case, I would consider the local natural gas pipelines to be at risk, and would not take a chance on using them. Better to keep several days' worth of propane on hand.

Answered 8 years ago by Oleron


Could you clarify the question, please? I'm assuming you're asking whether propane or natural gas is preferable for running the generator. If that's your question, I have a question: where would you find a source of natural gas in an emergency situation? I can't figure out if you're trying to live "off the grid" or just reduce your payments to the local utility company.

THE most important item to consider anywhere in Florida is a/c. You'll be pretty miserable without it. Even with a/c, I consider ceiling fans to be absolutely necessary for comfortable sleeping. Yes, even in the "winter," I like the feeling of air moving. If you want to try sleeping without a/c, you might consider running the fans on the generator. Here are some helpful facts:

Answered 8 years ago by Oleron


Clarification of question: In the case of a hurricane or other power outage cause, I need to have freezer, refridgerator and oxygen concentrator on power. Can use a portable room A/C unit for a/c. There are natural gas lines all over the area. Getting hooked up to the lines would be the issue where as a propane tank in the yard might be the answer as others have that. I can live with fans and have in the past. I am looking to information on what things I need to know in selecting a generator and in selecting the power source for it - natural gas or propane. Thank you for your thoughts.

Answered 8 years ago by domino15


Here's some more info in an article penned by a highly rated electrician:

Answered 8 years ago by JP

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