Want to ensure that your home can maintain power even if the local electrical grid fails? Investing in a whole-house generator is a great way to make sure that you can always keep the lights on.
Typically, a whole-house generator can cost anywhere between $9,500-$20,000+ in Buffalo. On average, this investment totals around $12,000.
As you can see, there’s a wide range of how much you might invest in a generator installation. In this article, we’ll explore the various factors that can impact the total cost of install:
Your Generator’s Size and Brand
Generators are available in 5-50 kilowatts (kW). Naturally, the more powerful the generator, the more it will cost. You will also see the pricing vary based on the brand of the generator you select.
We recommend investing in a generator based on how many appliances you’ll want simultaneously powered. A professional electrician can assess your home’s unique needs and provide you with a recommendation.
The electrician you hire should consider two primary metrics:
- The starting kVA (kilovolt-amperes) of your appliance(s).
- The running wattage of your appliance(s)
Together, these factors measure how much energy it takes for your appliance(s) to run and maintain operation.
Your Generator’s Fuel Type
The cost of the generator can change depending on the fuel type of generator that you install. Many contractors will specialize in a specific fuel type of generator to install. For example, Roy’s PowerWorx exclusively installs natural gas generators. Generators powered by natural gas are affordable because your local utility grid powers this fuel source, so you don’t have to worry about manually refueling it.
Other common fuel types include diesel, biodiesel, and gasoline. Diesel or biodiesel generators are expensive to install due to additional challenges that come with the installation. Gasoline generators are about on par with natural gas generators regarding installation costs but come with storage issues. Storing gasoline can pose a fire hazard, so you’ll want to consider how you will safely keep the fuel on your property.
Contact Roy’s today to get expert advice on whether a natural gas generator would work best for your home and budget.
Your Generator’s Location
The location of the whole-house generator installation will influence overall costs, with the generator's fuel type being a significant driver for its placement.
For example, if you choose a natural gas generator, your contractor should ideally install it between your gas and electric meters. However, we see cases where that may not be possible, and it needs to be installed further away from your meters, therefore increasing your installation costs.
Your generator will also need a foundation to support it, so if you need to build a concrete or gravel-filled foundation, that can impact your bottom line.
Your Electrical Modifications
In addition to purchasing and installing your generator, you’ll also likely need to make modifications to your home’s existing electrical infrastructure.
Here are some of the most common electrical modifications that contractors perform when installing a new whole-house generator:
- Upgrading your electrical panel
- Installing a new transfer switch
- Replacing faulty wiring
Your Contractor’s Labor Rates
Lastly, the labor rates will vary depending on which company you select to install your generator. Remember, you get what you pay for, so be sure to seek a highly qualified electrician.
Here are some questions to consider when selecting your contractor:
- What do customers have to say in online reviews?
- Are they licensed and insured?
- How much experience do they have with installing generators?
- Do they offer a service guarantee?
- Do they offer upfront quotes?
- Are their fees fixed or charged hourly?
We’re Here to Install Your Home Generator with Excellence.
Just contact Roy’s today, and we’ll take any worries away. Our PowerWorx team consists of some of Buffalo’s most well-trained electricians. We also provide financing plans and excellent warranties for the latest Briggs & Stratton generators on the market.