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Why Do You Need A Dual Fuel Generator?

Most of the generators out there use gasoline as single fuel. Why then do you need to have a generator that can use more than one type of fuel? What are the benefits that you will get from owning a dual fuel generator? To begin with, a dual fuel generator can use two types of fuel in a mixture at the same time. The generator cranks up on one type of fuel, and its built-in governor adds a secondary fuel source until an optimum mixture is achieved for efficient running.

For instance, a dual fuel generator can start by using diesel fuel then gradually add a mixture natural gas fuel. There many reasons why you need to purchase a dual fuel generator. Let’s cover some of the ways in which you will benefit from purchasing a dual fuel generator.

Cost-Effectiveness In The Long Run

As compared to other traditional engines, dual fuel generators carry a higher price tag of up to 15-30% more. But with its ability to use more than one type of fuel, you end up spending less on fuel in the long run as compared to single fuel generators.

Power Backup

A power outage is something that can happen at any time. You might not know the time when the power will get back. Therefore, having a backup power plan is very important. Dual fuel generators work well to help you get power to keep your operations running when there is no power.

Fuel Efficiency

In most cases, you will find dual fuel systems using fuel in the ratio of 75% natural gas: 25% diesel fuel. If there is an increase in the engine load, the governor will add diesel ratio and readjust to the ratio of natural gas for optimum operating efficiency. However, not all systems use a mixture of diesel and natural gas. You can get other models that combine a mixture of gasoline and ethanol.

Awareness Of Power Outage

Almost everything in our lives depends on electrical power. This starts with our work, healthcare, economy, livelihood, and leisure among other things. Going without power for even a few minutes is a huge setback, and it can lead to huge losses.

What do you do when there is a power outage? It is important to raise awareness about the power outage and learn all the things that you need to know. Before we get to that, let us first start by finding out what are the major causes of the power outage.

Well, there are several things that cause loss of power. If you know some of the causes of power failure, it will be easy for you to protect your business from devastating outcomes. The following are some of the common reasons for a power outage.

1. Natural Causes

We have no control over natural causes of a power outage. According to research carried out, almost 70% of the power outage in the United States is caused by weather-related issues. Things like lightning, snow, ice, rain, dust, and wind can cause the power outage. It is difficult to prevent these natural causes to safeguard the electrical systems.

2. Short Circuits

This is also another common cause of power failure. This is a situation that takes place when electrical current travels in a different path from the intended one. This leads to an excessive electric current that causes circuit damages, explosion or fire.

3. Brownouts

This is a situation when there is a drop in the electrical power supply. As a result, there is a low voltage that makes the lights dim. In as much as brownouts are not total power failure, they can greatly affect the functioning of your electrical equipment.

4. Blackouts

This means a total loss of power in a certain geographical area. This is a severe power outage that can affect your operations if you do not have power backup. Depending on the cause of the blackout, restoring the power is a complex activity because some repairs might be required based on the configurations of the particular area that is affected.

Now that you know some of the major causes of the power outage, it is important to know about power outage awareness and what you are supposed to do when the power goes out. If you are well prepared, a power outage will not inconvenience you. Follow the following checklist so that it will be easy to prepare your family and stay safe and comfortable when the power goes out.

What To Do When There Is Power Outage

Inspect your fuse box to find out if there is a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. In most cases, you might find power outage limited to your home.

If you find out that you need to replace the fuse or the circuit breaker, it is important to turn off all large appliances or unplug them from the power source to avoid damaging the electrical system.

  • Check out to find if your neighbors have power
  • You also need to call your electrical company and inform them about the power outage.
  • It is not advisable to use a barbecue, camp stove, propane or kerosene heaters indoors because of the deadly odorless carbon monoxide
  • Using candles can be a fire hazard. It is recommended to use a flashlight

Food Safety

When the power goes out, it is crucial to ensure that the doors of your freezer and refrigerator stay closed to keep the food cold for longer. If the power is out for less than two hours, it is safe to consume the food in your refrigerator.

In cases of a freezer, if it has half full foods, it can hold them for up to 24 hours. If the freezer is full, the food is safe for up to 48 hours. You need to avoid opening the door as much as possible.

You should store things like pack milk, meat, dairy products, fish, eggs, gravy and other things that spoil with ease in a cooler that is surrounded by ice.

In cases where a storm has caused the power outage, it is not advisable to keep your items cold by placing them in the snow. Frozen foods have the tendency of thawing when exposed to sun’s rays even when the temperatures are cold. Additionally, refrigerated foods can become warm and give room for the development of bacteria.

Water Safety

When there is no power, it is very difficult to use the water purification systems. Follow the following rules for cooking, drinking, and your personal hygiene.

Avoid using water that is contaminated to clean your dishes, wash clothes, prepare food, brushing teeth, making ice or preparing baby formula.

If you need to kill parasites and harmful bacteria, the best way you can do it by boiling the water. Boiling water kills all organisms hence making it safe for drinking, cooking and other applications.

Alternatively, you can treat the water with chlorine tablets, iodine tablets or unscented household chlorine bleach. If you are using chlorine or iodine tablets, it is important to follow the directions that come with the tablets. For household chlorine bleach, you need to add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water.

After An Outage

  • You need to know that there will be monetary power fluctuations when the power is finally restored
  • Check your appliances such as the freezer or the refrigerator to ensure that they have power
  • Ensure that you reset your clocks, alarms and automatic timers
  • Restock your emergency kit with the items that you might have used
Matt
 

Matthew Pizarro was born in Chicago and raised in Mokena, IL After bringing his passion for all things outdoor power equipment (OPE) to Power Equipment Direct, he found himself gravitating towards the generator field.

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Erick - November 5, 2018

Aw, this was a very nice post. Finding a dual fuel Generator actual time-consuming… but what can I say… I got a lot of info.

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