Propane Backup Generators & Standby Power

Generac propane backup generator

Propane standby generators offer homeowners peace of mind.

Secure, reliable, and efficient. Propane generators provide an added level of security to your home–keeping it running as usual, even in the event of severe weather that leads to a power outage.

Propane gas generators are available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home. Permanently installed outside, usually adjacent to a carport or other non-living space, they draw energy from the home’s propane storage tank and start automatically within seconds of the power going out.

By monitoring incoming voltage from your home’s utility line, propane generators are ready to power on when the voltage is no longer being supplied. When the power goes off, the standby generator powers on and signals the automatic transfer switch, disconnecting the utility and connects the generator to the home.

This process happens instantly, meaning your home will return to normal in less than ten seconds. When the power is restored, the generator disconnects from your home, signals the automatic transfer switch to reconnect the utility and returns to standby mode.

Generator benefits also extend beyond the home. Portable propane generators are available that can provide power for construction crews working on sites not yet connected to the power grid. They can also be a great tool and resource for RV owners and campers.

Benefits of Propane Backup Generators

Reliable Backup Power
Propane does not degrade over time, unlike gas or diesel, making it ideal for a reliable standby fuel. Also, there is no danger of propane being shut off in the event of an emergency, as can be the case with natural gas.

Immediate Power Supply
A propane standby generator powers on automatically when a power outage occurs, meaning your home will be back up and running in a matter of seconds. Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units are now available that produce heat in addition to electricity.

Clean and Secure Energy
Propane is a clean burning fuel, producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable fuel sources. As demand for environmentally friendly solutions increases, more builders are incorporating propane and propane appliances into their projects, including generators.

Increased Safety
Standby generators are a permanent fixture and are placed outside similar to an A/C condenser, meaning there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, a risk posed by using portable generators. Propane is also a non-toxic fuel, so in the rare event of a spill or leak, it will not harm any surrounding soil or water.

High-Level Efficiency
Propane generators are often used in Zero Net Energy projects, helping builders and homeowners achieve energy-efficient living. Not to mention, installing a standby generator at a home with propane appliances can extend the hours of efficiency during an outage because it takes less energy to power daily functions.

Energy Independence
When powered from a standard residential propane storage tank, your propane standby generator can power your home for several days without interruption. A standby propane generator can even serve as a primary energy source for homes built off the main grid.

Convert to Propane

If you’re thinking about expanding your use of propane, converting to propane for new appliances or switching to propane as your primary energy source, please contact your local propane company to learn more about your options.