The electricity supply in South Africa is dwindling and if we do not make use of alternative fuel sourcing methods, we will run out of power to keep our lives going. Almost everything in our worlds require electricity; refrigerators, stoves and microwaves to keep and cook our food, heating to heat our bath water, lights in our home, power for our fans, heaters, televisions, computers and radios. In short, it is essential that we keep our power supplies going.
However, there are many instances where the electricity supply is cut off for brief or long periods of time. Load shedding, to save our dwindling electricity supply, is quite common and occurs in various areas several times a year. Power outages also occur semi-regularly. It is therefore best to be prepared by purchasing a generator.
If you require regular additional electricity at home for something other than your usual requirements, a generator would mean consistent, constant electricity that you can rely on. You will no longer have to worry about food going rotten in your fridge during a power outage or having to have a cold shower on a winter’s night. You can also use your generator for events and parties. Generators are good for running lights, jumping castles, outdoor bars and refrigerators and anything else you might need.
How does a generator work?
A generator creates an electric current by first creating mechanical energy. It forces the electric current through to a power source providing electrical energy for all your electricity needs. A generator works by itself without any other source of energy needed. It will power your lights, appliances and much more.
Which generator is best for home use?
There are two types of generators: those that run off petrol and those that run off diesel. Petrol run generators are smaller, more portable and quieter. Petrol can be stored but it is a fire hazard and the shelf life is shorter than that of diesel. Diesel run generators are larger, heavier and louder and are more reliable. Diesel is much less of a fire hazard and can be stored for slightly longer than petrol is stored for.
If you are looking for a reliable generator that you will be able to leave in one place, that does not require much maintenance, and that you can store petrol for for up to a year and a half without having to worry about it being a fire hazard, then a diesel run generator would be your best option. However, if you are looking for a generator that you can move around and that is quieter you should rather go for a petrol run generator.
Companies that stock generators
Some of the companies that stock generators include Elegen Generators, National Generator Sales, Sun Force Products, Electric Generators Direct, Just Generators Gen Sure, Auto Trader, Plant Machinery Sales, Trading Post, Krausegen, Private Power and many more.
Looking after your generator
It is always a good idea to buy your generator through a reputable, well-known company that has a large base of happy and satisfied customers. A generator is an expensive object to buy and it is therefore necessary to make sure that you buy the right one. To avoid having to lots of maintenance and repairs in the future, go for a good quality tried and tested generator from a company that offers good advice and maintenance.
It is also a good idea to keep your generator in a safe, covered place, to clean it regularly and do maintenance checks. Repairing these expensive machines can also be pricey and it is better to try to prevent any damage rather than having to pay to fix the damage.