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Disaster can strike at any time, and if it does, a backup generator can be a literal life saver. Especially here in the Pacific Northwest, wildfires, ice storms and earthquakes can flip your life upside-down in a second. Having a backup generator can provide emergency power for days when needed using fuel reserves that don’t rely on a power grid. Whether you already have a generator or are looking to prepare for the future, here is a helpful guide on the right generator fuel for you!
Gasoline powered generators are very common and some of the most affordable on the market. Usually found in the camping sections of stores, they are small enough to provide plenty of power for appliances, but not a whole house. They take regular unleaded gasoline which makes them convenient to purchase fuel for. But keep in mind that gas has a short shelf life, only lasting between 3-6 months in a dry, cool and dark spot. Local guidelines will determine how much gas you can store and most places in the United States limit you to no more than 25 gallons of gas.
Diesel generators are a great option to power your whole house or business when the power fails. They come in a variety of sizes, from small personal generators to the large backup generators for high-rise buildings, and range in prices. Their fuel is inexpensive and easy to buy at a gas station or from a fuel delivery service like Jubitz. The shelf-life is also longer than gas. Diesel can last about 6 months to a year when stored properly. For those looking to invest in larger generators, you can conveniently order diesel from Jubitz and have it delivered to your door. Whenever you need to change it out, give us a call and we will come and refuel those tanks for you!
Propane powered generators provide lots of power but are a bit more inconvenient to refuel. Propane generators require a large storage tank on site or require you to stock up on small tanks that you find at gas stations. Luckily, propane tanks are wildly available at any gas station, including the Jubitz Gas Station. The upside of propane is that it has a shelf life of 10-30 years! This allows you to be the most prepared for whatever is thrown your way.
No matter what type of generator you choose, always remember the following tips. First, regularly check your fuel. You don’t want bacteria growing in your tanks and ruining your generators. This can be prevented by keeping your fuel stored in a dark, cool, and dry place. Second, run your generators regularly to make sure everything is working properly. We recommend running your equipment until it’s three-quarters empty and then replacing that fuel. This allows you to change out old fuel and make sure everything is running as it should. Finally, always have a back-up plan! Take some time and create an emergency plan for you and your family. While generators can provide power, they are only temporary. Having a plan in preparation for the worst helps keep your family or business safe. But until then, Jubitz fuel delivery can help keep you prepared for anything!