Standby Generators Add Value to Your Home

Standby Generators Add Value to Your Home

Weather experts say we are in for an exceptionally cold, wet year.  With foul weather comes the possibility of those bothersome power outages.  If you're thinking about protecting your assets by buying a backup generator, you might consider investing in a standby whole-house type which would increase the value of your home.  The Remodeling Cost vs. Value report for 2010-11 finds that in the Puget Sound region you can expect to recoup around 48 percent of the cost of a standby generator when selling your home. 

 There are two advantages to buying a standby generator as opposed to a portable generator. 

1. A standby generator will cycle on when the power goes out even if no one is home, while portable generators must be hooked up manually.

2. A portable generator, though considerably lower in cost (around $350-$650), is good for 1500 hours of backup service, while a good natural gas or diesel standby generator (between $6000 and $10,000) can last 15,000 hours or more. 

 It's important to decide just how many items you would like to power during an outage:  Furnace? Well?  Lights?  Appliances?  Refrigerator and freezer?  Electronics?  Remember that most outages last 1-3 days, though some can last longer.   Most of us can use candles for lights and do without electronics for a day or two.  But, what if you run a home office?  Then, electronics might be more of a priority.  So, assess your needs before deciding on size or type.  

 Puget Sound Energy offers a consultation service to evaluate your energy needs.  An energy adviser is available to provide important information on the best ways to save energy as well as rebates available to home owners who wish to upgrade to natural gas, more efficient appliances and better windows.  PSE also offers a contractor referral program for installing standby generators in your home.  The service is free, so it's well worth the effort to call for a consultation.

Another helpful site for evaluating both portable and standby generators is Mother Earth News' article, "Choosing a Backup Generator."  

 When you’re shopping for a new home, you might also ask if there is a place to hookup a standby generator already installed.  It's always good to get more bang for your buck.

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Phone: 360-878-5401
Dated: October 12th 2011
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About Cari: I am pleased to be with RE/MAX Northwest, a highly respected and innovative real estate firm in Olym...

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