Referring specifically to a 10,000 watt propane-fired unit with
automatic transfer switch.
1) Do you get considerably more "miles per gallon" of propane if you
use it only for absolute necessities, i.e., furnace, water from well,
and one refrigerator?
2) Can the electrician hook up a large stationary unit so that it is
connected only to those three?
Hook up what you can, a few lights, heat, TV fridge, freezer, well. Use what
you need to. Fuel consumtion will increase as the load increases, so hook up
what you can, and let your fingers control what is on! The electrician can
hook it up to one bare 25 watt lght bulb if you want to, but why not take
advantage of what you can!
The minimum in my mind would be hall lights, bathroom lights, kitchen lights
and outlets, heat, water, fridge and freezer. You may want to connect your
entertainment center up too.
Depends on what you mean by MPG.
With minimal load (no call for heat, refrig, water) your are getting 0
"MPG", just like when you stop at a stoplight.
You are idling and doing no work. Total waste
The way it works is, you carefully decide which circuits to switch over to
the new generator panel, which has 2 isolated feeds.
If you can afford the generator, you can afford the new panel.
At 10kw, you have 83 amps at 120v, more than some peoples' services.
Load her up!
What's the point of the two feeds? In my home at least, the only things
that run all the time are the refrigerators and freezers, and I'd want
them on regardless. Everything else has an on/off switch or can at least
be unplugged with no difficulty.
Isn't the second feed just an unneeded complication and expense for most
Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN firstname.lastname@example.org
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