What is the difference between a portable generator and a standby generator?
Portable generators can be purchased at big box hardware stores. Most portable generators run on gasoline and can burn through 10-20 gallons per day of use. Homeowners must be careful when setting up, refilling, and running extension cords to/from a portable generator since not following instructions can be dangerous. They have to be started manually, something that may be difficult or even impossible during or after a storm.
Standby generators are permanently installed outside of your home. They run on natural gas or liquid propane gas, which you do not have to manually refill and does not require extension cords to power your home. A standby generator turns on within seconds of a power outage, giving you almost uninterrupted power.