Keeping Consumers Out Of The Dark

Residential generators provide power in a pinch

supported: 12,000
Cost: $5,500 (including installation)
Why we like it: Built-in mounting pad makes it easier to install.

Coleman Powermate 8000 Electric Start Portable Generator
Maker: Coleman Powermate Corp.
www.buypowermate.com — 800-959-0560
Watts supported: 8,000
Cost: $1,249
Why we like it: Foldaway handles allow for compact storage

Briggs & Stratton IntelliGEN 12kW Standby Generator
Maker: Briggs & Stratton
www.homegeneratorsystems.com — 800-732-2989
Watts supported: 12,000
Cost: Approximately $3,600
Why we like it: Monitors electricity use by appliance.

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