Power outages are not uncommon in the tropical north, particularly outside the main towns of Port Douglas and Mossman. If you are living in an area that is particularly susceptible to power outages you have most likely considered purchasing a back up generator, if you don’t have one already.
Petrol generators used as residential or commercial backups come in a wide range of sizes and sophistication. You will have to calculate the size you need to run the electrical equipment you want to use during an outage and there is plenty of help available to help you decide what generator you require.
Keep in mind that you will need to have your electrical switchboard modified to enable you to plug in a generator before you can use it to keep electrical equipment running inside the premises. The good news is that the new plug and wiring required in your switchboard is relatively easy to install (assuming normal conditions) so connecting a backup generator to your premises is not difficult from the electricians perspective.
Once our electrician has upgraded your switchboard you will have a new female connector on your switchboard cabinet (the same as the standard power points in your wall) as well as a new on/off switch in your fuse box. To connect your backup generator to the house simply plug the generator into the new power point, start the generator and turn on the switch in your fuse box. Your house will now be getting current from the generator.
NOTE: As mentioned near the top of this post, it’s important to get the right generator for your situation – does it provide enough power to run the appliances you want to leave on, will it be quiet enough to live with (is the switchboard close to bedrooms for example) and how long can the generator run before needing refuelling.
Installing the electrical bits you need to plug a backup generator to your house or commercial premises is in many ways the easiest part of this exercise. But get it done early, even before you have the generator. No point have a back up generator if you can plug it into the house.
Finally, once the work is done and everything is ready to go you can relax next time there are storms around, content in the knowledge that you can keep the fridge, fans and lights going when the next outage comes along. Enjoy.