Home Generators: To Have or Have Not?

Home Generators - To have or have not?

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As Penelope Green reported in The New York Times on Wednesday, more and more homebuilders are outfitting new construction with gas-powered generators. Whereas they might once have been considered “a little overkill,” buyers are now starting to see these machines as desirable fail-safes, especially after Hurricane Irene (and a recent, rare October snowstorm in the Northeast) knocked out the electricity in so many areas.

Just last week, a forum user on Just Ask Bob put this question to me: “Home generators: everybody’s buying one. Do you recommend them, and how do you choose a good one?” View my response below:

For more on generators, consider the Bob Vila article Emergency Power Generators as well as the Times piece I mentioned, “Power Envy.” Submit a question of your own on Just Ask Bob, a special section of our community forums, which are well worth a visit in their own right!