Natural Gas Generators
Natural gas standby electric generators provide your home or business with electricity when your utility power becomes interrupted. With a natural gas generator, you will be able to keep your refrigerator and freezer running and not have to worry about losing your food. 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 run an appliance or two along with a few lights.
It is important to contact Columbia Gas of Massachusetts before purchasing or installing your standby generator. Contact the New Business Team at 1-888-639-4270 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 powered generators cost 40-50 percent less per hour to run than gasoline powered models and do not require any fuel to be stored at your home for their operation. The 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 30-60 seconds. 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 it will be ready for use during an outage.
Weatherproof enclosure: The generator sits outside your home in a painted, weatherproof enclosure like your air conditioning unit. This cover protects the equipment from rain and snow.
Since the generator is installed on a concrete pad outside 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 minimum maintenance. The oil, oil filter and air filter should require changing only once per year. These generators 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.