How to Choose a Generator for your Homestead

Types of Generators 

When you are choosing a generator for your homestead, you will need to do some research on the different types of generators. If you are looking for an electric generator, then there are going to be eight different ones to choose from. 

Gasoline 

The first one is a gasoline generator. This is one of the most common generators that you can find. Plus they are going to come in a variety of different sizes to find the size of your home.

You will have to think about some of the cons that are involved with a gasoline generator. The first con is that the fuel for the generator is very flammable. This means that it cannot be stored for a long period of time. The second con is that it is going to produce a lot of emissions when it is running. The third con is that during the winter months, it is not going to start very well. 

Diesel 

The second one is the diesel fuel generator. The diesel is not going to a lot less flammable and it is as available as the gasoline generators. It is going to start a lot better during the colder climates, so they are going to perform a lot better and be a lot more efficient.

There are also some cons of the diesel fuel generator. The first con is that you will only be able to store the fuel for about two years. The second con is that the emissions are also going to be very high. The third con is that it is not going to work very well in the rainy weather. The fourth con is that it is not going to be very portable. The last con is that a qualified mechanic will need to do regular maintenance on it. 

Bio diesel 

The third type is the bio diesel fuel generator. These generators have just recently been introduced to the market. But the best part is that they are going to use fewer of the non-renewable sources. This is going to make it a lot more friendly for the environment.

You might want to think about some of the cons of having a bio diesel fuel generator. The first con is that the engine is very noisy. The second con is that the fuel will only be stored for about two years. The third con is that if you have a power outrage, then it is not going to be useful. The fourth con is there are not a lot of regions that are going to have them available. The fifth con is that it is difficult to work with because it will need to be kept at the 80:20 ratio. 

Emulsified 

The fourth type is the emulsified diesel generator. This is a mixture of water and diesel that is blended with a mixing agent. This means that it is going to have the same type of pros and cons as the diesel and bio diesel. 

Propane 

The fifth type is the propane generators. These generators are going to burn clean and you will be able to store the propane for a longer period of time. This means that the emissions are going to be a lot lower. You can find them everywhere and they are going to last you for a longer period of time if a technician does regular maintenance on them. They are pretty quiet and will start in the winter months.

There are also some cons to think about. The first con is that the propane is known to be explosive. The second one is the fuel systems are very complex and can fail. The third con is that is cost a lot to install it. The fourth con is that it is very expensive. 

Natural gas 

The sixth one is the natural gas generator. This is another generator that you can find in most stores. You never have to worry about needing to refill it or running out of fuel. It is going to burn clean and you are not going to waste a lot of fuel. Therefore, if the power goes out, then you are able to use the fuel. It is one of the most affordable generators that you are able to buy. It is going to start well in the winter months and is pretty quiet while it is running.

The cons are a little more than some of the other generators. The first con is that is going to last for long before it breaks down. The second con is that since it is using a gas line, there is a chance for a dangerous leak. The third con is that there is a chance of fracking if there is an earthquake. 

Hydrogen 

The seventh one is the hydrogen generator. This generator is going to produce more energy than some of the other fuel sources but it is also clean and nontoxic. The generators are going to be a lot more portable so that you are able to use it wherever you need to. Two main cons to think about with the hydrogen generator. The first con is that it is very expensive. The second con is that it is hard to find. 

Biogas 

The eighth one is the biogas generator. The biogas is going to come from manures and food waste, so you are able to make it yourself. It can replace natural gas, propane, and diesel for using your lights, stove, and refrigerator. A couple of cons to think about. The first con is that it is very flammable and is known to be explosive. The second con is that you have to know what you are doing in order to use this type of generator especially since it is so flammable. You don’t want to take any chances of the generator blowing up when you are trying to use it. This type of generator is something that can be very dangerous to use.