How to maximize the use of generators during power outages

11/15/2012 | Iowa Farmer Today

For most users, the most suitable generators supply the same voltage and frequency that comes from power lines, according to Ken Hellevang, an agricultural engineer from the North Dakota State University Extension. Ensure that a transfer switch is available before using the machine and place the generator outdoors to prevent buildup of carbon dioxide inside any building. In deciding how much power you need, keep in mind motors generally need four times the power to start that they need to run.

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