Buying Guide: Automatic Backup Power Generators

An automatic Back-up Power Generator provides power to your home when the electricity goes out. You may choose to cover one major appliance, such as your refrigerator, a larger item such as your heating and cooling system, or you may want to cover your entire home.


    A back-up generator can provide the following benefits:

  • Keeps the lights on
  • Protect your familys comfort by supplying power to your heating/cooling system
  • Keeps your home security system armed
  • Preserves perishable foods
  • Keeps your sump pump & well pump running

When the lights go out, you wont have to with back up generation from BGE HOME. Call us at 1-888-BGE-HOME or submit the Contact Us form for more information on back-up power generation.



BGE HOME offers both air cooled and liquid cooled natural gas and propane models. Our backup generation experts will walk you through the selection process and explain the differences between the various models and sizes we offer.

Quality and Reliability

Our backup power generation equipment meets the industrys high quality safety standards, and comes equipped with the following features that help ensure reliability.

  • Built-In Battery Chargers ensures the battery is always operating
  • Automatic Seven-day Exercisers maintains peak performance by running a weekly self test
  • Automatic Transfer Switch switches between utility power and generator power at the appropriate times to ensure your safety and comfort.

Customize Your Backup Power

Automatic back-up power generation from BGE HOME allows customized coverage to match your needs. Whether you want power coverage on a few major appliances, such as a refrigerator, sump pump and furnace, or whole-house backup coverage for your home, our Energy & Comfort Consultants can provide you with a customized solution.

Home Equipment 7kw 12kw 16kw 25kw 35-100kw
Furnace Fan
Sump Pump
Well Pump
Home Ventilation Fan  
Garage Door Opener  
Electric Range    
Water Heater    
Security System    
Central Air System    
Washing Machine    
Microwave Oven      
Clothes Dryer      
Vacuum Cleaner      
Toaster Oven      
Wine Cellar        
Extensive Power Requirements        

Selecting an Installation Contractor: Backup Power Generators

A new automatic backup power generator can be a significant investment. Whether you decide to install a backup generator that covers select home appliances or the entire house, the new generator will only be as good as the company that installs it and stands behind it. Weve compiled a checklist to help you select a company that has the expertise and experience to best meet your comfort needs.

  • Check Credentials. Research the company and reputation by reviewing customer testimonials and references.
  • On-site Evaluation. Anticipate a personal visit to your home, so the company understands your backup power needs and can perform a thorough survey of the home and equipment for a custom solution.
  • Check Local and State Licenses. Ask to see applicable licenses, as well as insurance forms for liability and workmens compensation.
  • Qualified Technicians and Installers. Ask about the training, certifications and screening processes of employees.
  • Warranties and Maintenance Agreements. Inquire about the availability of manufacturer warranties and service agreements to ensure your system maintains optimum efficiency and performance.
  • Sales, Service and Installation. Ensure the company repairs the equipment they install and provides service if something goes wrong.
  • Ask Questions. A new backup power generation system is a large investment, so dont feel pressured to make a quick decision. Ask about the installation process, permits, warranties, financing options, and the pros and cons of the presented options.
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