Generators on Steroids

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Willy Bryant got hit one too many times with the wrath of mother nature. He's decided he won't ever be left in the dark again.

Willy said, "Sitting in a house, 200 degrees is unreal, no power. I tried a regular portable generator and just plugging all those cords and leaving your door open, it just don't work, so this is one of my best investments for my home yet."

This is Bryant’s investment, a whole house generator. Seconds after a storm knocks out power, this baby gears up. It can run everything from air conditioning and Jacuzzis to high definition televisions.

These generators are priced based on their size. One runs about $4,500. They can run up to $50,000, but many say they're worth every penny.

Billy Mixon with City Electric Supply said, "It's actually increasing the value of the home from $10,000 to $15,000 on the value of the home, and the homes are actually selling faster with the home standup units on it."

But this status symbol necessity doesn't come cheap. It takes nine gallons of propane an hour, $700 worth, to power a 3,000 foot square home.

Wiley thinks it's worth the cost, but that's a decision you and your wallet still have to decide.


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