Help with generator selection--7000 Watts OK?
I just got my power back on after Ike knocked it out in SE TX. I would like to buy an inexpensive generator without paying tons of money.
I found a wholesaler that sells wholesale generators. He has a 7000 Watt gasoline generator for $550. It comes with electric start (I supply battery) and pull start.
It has 110V receptacles and one 220 receptacle.
My question is, how much power is "7000 Watts"?? I just want to power a couple of refrigerators to keep my food safe and a few light bulbs and fans for when power is out--at most 24 hours.
What I am saying is that I don't really know how to figure up my wattage needs vs. the output of the 7000 W generator.
I know I can't power a central air system with this, but I do have a 12x22' portable building with a 110V 5000 BTU window unit AC in it and a bed. I could live in this little building if I had to.
My question, is 7000 Watts "OK" for my needs--again, I don't want to power the whole house, just refrigs and a few lights & maybe the portable building.
Is $550 for a 7000 Watt generator OK?
Do any of you know of other forums for "generators" as I would like to learn more about genning my own power now after Ike passed thru.