Battery Backup System

A backup battery system can handle both AC and DC loads depending on system design. Single battery systems will last only a few hours, while larger battery bank systems can provide steady power for up to two days.

Battery backup systems require an inverter and usually a charger. Look for systems that provide protection against overheating and include a deep cycle battery for better dependability. Grounding is essential for safety.

These products are available online, at your local hardware store, automotive parts store or from trailer and boating retailers. Prices range from $400 for a single battery system to more than $5,000 for a system with greater power capacity.

Portable Generator

Portable generators can be easily stored and used in various locations and situations including your cottage, camping trips or to support a friend in need.

Lock up your portable generator when in use do prevent theft.

Portable generators produce emissions during use and can also be loud, set up outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from any windows or house Fresh air intakes. Diesel and gasoline fuel must be stored properly.

When used to power your household electrical system, a portable generator must be properly grounded and should be wired into an auxiliary breaker panel by a qualified licensed electrician.

Available at most major hardware stores and rental centers, ranging in price from $600 to $3,000.

Permanent or Fixed Generator

Permanent or fixed generators run on diesel, gasoline or Natural Gas and can handle larger loads. A battery bank can be added for greater reliability in long-term outages.

There is little risk of theft and some homeowners Permanent generators are used by larger homes as well as commercial establishments and must be installed by a qualified licensed electrician. Purchase this system from an electrical supply retailer or speak to your electrician about sourcing the size and make that your home requires. Typical costs range from $3,500 to $10,000.

Solar Generator

Small residential systems are now available at a reasonable cost. A single panel or multiple panel PV (photovoltaic) solar generator mounts directly to your roof or ground-mount framing. Smaller portable systems are also available but provide minimal limited power.

Solar panels produce DC electricity and should be used to power up DC appliances and lighting.  An AC inverter can be added to expand the functionality of this backup power system. A twin-panel or multiple panel system is required to power appliances like microwaves.

Battery banks make these systems more practical but must be maintained and replaced every eight to ten years. This backup system is permanently installed in a secure, dry location with conduits and wires connecting the inverter, panels and separate panel board.

A quality solar system should be installed by a qualified licensed electrician… Systems range from $1,000 for a single panel, portable model to $5,000 for a twin-panel system that can be effectively used to power up your essential home electrical needs in a power outage.

Wind Generator

Wind turbines can be used in locations with the proper zoning, wind speed and weather patterns. Find out the wind speed on your property from a local weather source or through testing. If the average annual speed exceeds 4 miles/second, a wind turbine can be used for backup power.

Generated power must be transferred to a battery bank by an inverter and a separate breaker panel and must be installed by a qualified licensed electrician. Prices vary greatly based on power generation required and local regulations.

Protect your family by ensuring your home electrical needs are looked after with a backup power system. Whether you choose a portable fuel-powered generator, fixed generator, solar or wind-powered system or a battery backup generator, these electrical systems will provide peace of mind during power outages.