There are a lot of different factors to consider when shopping for a generator. Fuel consumption is one of the first and foremost. You want to feel confident that your generator will continue to operate during an extended power outage in your area. Understanding the different types of fuel, generator capacities and how long your Generac generator will continue to run on a single fuel supply will help you choose the right model for your home.
Different Types of Fuel
In the past, generators relied heavily on diesel fuel. However, there are now cleaner alternatives that are safer for the environment and easier to store. Today’s modern generators use propane and natural gas to provide continuous service. These models cleanly burn fuel and can be connected to the home’s natural gas lines or larger propane tanks for a constant supply of fuel.
Generac Generator Fuel Consumption Rates
How much fuel is consumed and how quickly depends both on the size of the generator and the amount of load it is supporting. Fortunately, a Generac specialist will be able to recommend the right size generator based on the square footage of your home, whether you want to power the entire home or only certain systems or appliances and the approximate amount of time you expect to be running your generator.
Just as an example, a 22 KW Generac generator will burn through 9.7 cubic meters of natural gas when operating at full load. If it is directly hooked up to your natural gas lines, you will be able to keep your home up and running for an indefinite period of time.
As for another example, again depending on what you are powering and the size of your generator (let’s say 20kw in this example), a propane generator may use around 2-3 gallons/hour. So, if you have a 500-gallon tank, which can only be filled to 400 gallons, then a full tank would last you around 6 to 7 days. Again, these are all rough estimates and a true estimate of generator fuel consumption rates would need to be given by a Generac specialist after they take into consideration what you plan to power and the type of fuel you plan to use.
If you would like additional information about Generac generator fuel consumption rates and expert advice on which models are best for your home and your needs, contact the team at Alternative Power. Our highly trained and experienced technicians can answer all your questions on Generac fuel consumption.