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Hi Robert. Thanks in advance for considering my question. Obviously, no one can give me anything exact here, but I'm looking for a sort of baseline to think from.  I am looking to install a natural gas-powered generator here in New York in my widowed mom's home, as she is having long power outages now every year because of the big storm (she was without power for seven days last winter during the huge storm you may have read about). The reason I am thinking natural gas is the way to go is that if I couldn't get there, she could never take out gas/propane and refill herself to keep it going.

This is for a house that has natural gas already for the stove/range. She only needs enough power for a space heater and a few accessories in one room, like her lights. I've been doing some reading and the best I can make out is that about 3,500 watts,  should be about sufficient (does that sound right?). I would expect to buy on the low to middling range of generator units. Can you give me some idea of what this would be expected to cost, with the unit itself, a transfer switch, whatever else is needed and full installation by an electrician? I know it's a broad question but I'm looking for some idea. I mean at this point I don't know whether I should be thinking $1,500. or $10,000.

Thank you,


And plumber...electricians don't do gas explodes...and we have problems enough with just starts fires
Ten  to twenty and your mom's existing gas service may not serve a generator, as consumption of a generator often exceeds supply of existing installations.
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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