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RedHawk
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
5432 posts

How much did it cost to run your Generator

and was it worth it?

Debating on buying one next spring, but not sure it it will be worth it to me as you have to change the oil a lot, keep gas for it and store it.


DaBeerz
LSU Fan
Billsburg, VA
Member since Sep 2004
10492 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
I don't care how much it costs, if I'm not in PA school next year and I"m still down here, I'm getting one. I am one sick puppy with no AC/moving air... not chancing going through that again.


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Colonel Hapablap
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Mostly Harmless
Member since Nov 2003
28791 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
about 10 gallons of unleaded gas per 12 hours if run constantly.


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T Ba Doe Tiger
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ROWMCO
Member since Aug 2007
11100 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
I ran mine for 12-14 hrs /day and used about 6 gallonsof gas and changed oil at 50 hours so on day 4. So about 25 gals gas and 1 qt oil about 100 bucks. I am installing 16k standby so I can rn everything and will cost about 38/day in natural gas.


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CurDog
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2007
26065 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
i have a 20KW diesel that has a 45 gallon tank. it burns about a .5 gallon an hour, depending on the load. i figured diesel would be kinda of hit or miss around my house after the hurricane i bought a 55 gallon drum about a week before the storm. that cost me about 250 dollars. I changed the oil the other day and that wasnt but about 40 bucks


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guedeaux
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Jan 2008
10959 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
our 6100 watt ran all day every day and went through less than 10 gallons a day, so ~35/day split between 3 roommates aint too shabby... probably about as much as our regular energy bill after those fricking fuel adjustments


Chicken
USA Fan
Jackassistan
Member since Aug 2003
8320 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
Aren't there some that can hook up to the gas line of your home? That would be nice, assuming you have gas after a storm...


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T Ba Doe Tiger
LA-Lafayette Fan
ROWMCO
Member since Aug 2007
11100 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
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~35/day split between 3 roommates aint too shabby... probably about as much as our regular energy bill after those fricking fuel adjustments


So you have a $1050 electric bill most months? MOVE!


zoom44
LSU Fan
central la.
Member since Dec 2007
112 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
Having a generator: the difference between being totaly miserable and somewhat comfortable.
Get one!!!


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GeauxMez
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Apr 2005
930 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
Very well worth it. Only ran about $30 to $35 a day for a 15KW using natural gas. Automatic transfer switch. Generator cuts on automatically when power goes down. Oil change required every year or 100 hours of run time.

It's the money you spend hooking this up that can get kind of costly, but I think it's still worth it. You buy a generator and hope you never need to use it. But it's there in case you do need it.
This post was edited on 9/19 at 11:53 am


Boudreaux35
BR
Member since Sep 2007
8962 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
Ran mine probably 12hrs a day and it used about 5-6 gal/day.....Quick math give me about 20 bucks per day.


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RedHawk
Army Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
5432 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
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Very well worth it. Only ran about $30 to $35 a day for a 15KW using natural gas. Automatic transfer switch. Generator cuts on automatically when power goes down. Oil change required every year or 100 hours of run time.

It's the money you spend hooking this up that can get kind of costly, but I think it's still worth it. You buy a generator and hope you never need to use it. But it's there in case you do need it.


How much did this unit cost and to install? Does it run your whole house. How big is your house and AC unit?


Mudminnow
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2004
28875 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
How much did it cost you to hook up?


Mudminnow
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2004
28875 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
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So you have a $1050 electric bill most months?


Entergys FUEL ADJUSTMENT is getting steeper


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BurntTigerFan
New Orleans Saints Fan
Obviously In Front Of A Computer!
Member since Jan 2007
555 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
check at lowes they have several units there ranging from about 1800.00 up to 5000.00.in my opinion its worth it.Especially as much as the power goes down here.But like it was mentioned earlier,its the cost of the transfer swith and hook-up that gets the price up.I dont have to worry because i can do all the wiring myself.


Lithium
South Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2004
43287 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
we got a 35KW and we ran it for 5 days for Gus. I'm waiting for that bill


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Kajungee
LSU Fan
South ,Section 6 Row N
Member since Mar 2004
15870 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
16 KW about $4,000
Auto transfer switch $ 1,200
Electrical connection $1,500 - $ 3,000
plumbing $400- $1,200

all rough numbers. every situation is differant.

Concrete pad for generator not included.



GeauxMez
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Apr 2005
930 posts

re: How much did it cost to run your Generator
15/16KW ~$3100 (auto transfer switch included)
Plumbing: ~$2000
Electrician: ~$2000

Generator also came with pad.


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