If you haven’t experienced one already, power outages can disrupt your life, your home, your business and your food.  Many times power outages result from unpredictable weather, man-made or natural disasters, or site-specific events. Having an emergency preparedness plan is the best way to protect your most important assets! The first step to having a good emergency plan, is choosing an emergency power generator, so you can continue to operate your home or business with some or all of your electronic equipment and lights.

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Generators are a crucial part of the emergency planning process for families and businesses of every size and can greatly reduce disruption when normal power is disturbed.  At the same time, use of a generator presents some risk that must be addressed by a professional for safe operation.  In addition to safety issues, professional preventative maintenance is the key to a generator operating correctly when it is needed the most. The best time to maintain a generator is now, before a major storm or disaster strikes.

To get the best results from your generator, it’s important to purchase a generator that is properly designed and sized for your business needs.


Choosing the Right Generator – Questions to ask:

What is the size of your home or building?

What electrical equipment must you operate when normal power is out?

How often does your home or business lose power and for how long?

What are the most likely causes of a power outage in your area?

Discussing these factors with a Granite City Electric professional will help to determine the size and type of generator you should buy.

There are also many options to consider in terms of what type of generator is best for you.


Portable Generators vs. Permanent Standby Generators

Portable generators are usually smaller with the intention of being moved or used in temporary situations.  Portable generators are usually less expensive to purchase and install.  However, they have a relatively short run-time and may need to be refueled several times during a prolonged power outage.  Overloading a portable generator is also extremely dangerous and can cause fire.

A Standby generator is typically wired into your building’s electrical system through a generator transfer switch.  The transfer switch senses a power loss, directs the generator to start, and then transfers the selected electrical load to the generator.   In addition to the convenience of automatic switching, permanent generators offer higher power levels and longer run times.  A permanent generator should be compatible with the fuels available in your area.  Most models operate with natural gas, propane, or on a bi-fuel basis.

Purchase and Installation


The Granite City Electric Emergency Power Group specializes in helping home and business owners like you with their specific emergency power needs.  Our complete line of Milbank residential, commercial and industrial generators with warranty and preventative maintenance will help ensure any size business peace of mind, continuity and safety.   We can help you with identifying and managing the many factors involved in choosing the right size and type of generator, as well as connecting you with a Milbank Authorized Technician in your area to properly install, and maintain the product!