Off Grid Survival
The Size of your generator depends on your unique power needs; these needs have to be determined before ever purchasing an emergency generator. This worksheet is designed to help you determine the right size generator for your situation.
- Select the items you wish to power at the same time. Using the table below, fill in the running watts and additional starting watt requirements on the “Your Power Needs” worksheet.
- Add the running watts of the items you wish to power. Enter this number in the Total running watts column.
- Select the one individual item with the highest number of starting watts. Take this one number, add it to your total running watts, and enter the total in the Total starting watts box.
Once you have determined how many watts you will likely use, make sure to select a generator that runs slightly above your peak wattage. Continuously running a generator at peak wattage will quickly burn the generator out.
You also need to keep in mind that bigger doesn’t always mean better. If you buy a 7500 watt generator and you only need something that can handle 2500 watts, you are going to be wasting a significant amount of fuel. This is something that you should factor into your decision since fuel will become more expensive and harder to find during times of crisis.
I sure wish I would have had one for when powerful hurricane Sandy plowed us here on Long Island.