The rising energy costs are having a significant impact on business owners. Using a generator to power your business can be an economical option in certain circumstances and an alternative to getting power from the grid.
Generators are typically cheaper than other energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines. Additionally, they require less maintenance and can be used for various purposes, such as providing electricity during a power outage.
There are some drawbacks, of course. They tend to be noisy and produce emissions that can harm people and the environment, so correctly placing and housing a generator is essential for both domestic and commercial use.
They must also be fuelled regularly, and the cost of fuel can add up over time. Whether it is cheaper to power your business with a generator depends on your situation and needs.
In the current energy crisis, the biggest concern is whether you will likely be left without grid supply electricity as we face increased power outages over winter. For many businesses, being without power is simply too big a risk, especially with the prospect of being without a power supply for a prolonged period.
A Generator can add a level of peace of mind to business owners who need to consider lighting and heating and keep offices running and on-site equipment and machinery in use.
Is it cheaper to run a diesel generator for electricity?
Diesel generators tend to be more expensive than petrol generators due to their higher power output, but they also last longer and require less maintenance. For a business powering large loads, the long-term running costs and cost-efficient diesel engine can make a diesel generator cheaper in the overall picture.
The price of diesel fuel per litre in the UK is greater than the cost of petrol, but the engine efficiency of diesel generators means they use less energy to generate power. Although a diesel generator’s initial cost may be higher, you’ll save on fuel costs in the long run.
The cost of a generator and running a generator is only part of the costs to consider. The cost of installing a generator also varies depending on the size and placement of the new generator. Your supplier can help you calculate the total costs based on your need.
Generators that run on a renewable source of power and are more environmentally friendly, such as solar energy, offer a cleaner solution to fuel costs and storage. However, they are a lot more expensive, to begin with, with the price of a battery bank and the cost of solar panels. They can also suffer from a lack of sun over the winter months.
Suppose you want a generator capable of running large loads and electricity generated to provide backup power for a large business. In that case, a standby diesel generator is likely to give you reliability, a better price of electricity, and a more overall affordable cost in the UK.
Why are diesel generators economical?
Diesel generators are an excellent option for those looking for an economical power source. Diesel generators are often considered more economical than other generators because they are more fuel efficient and have a longer lifespan.
The efficiency of a generator is determined by how much energy it can produce compared to the amount of fuel it consumes. Diesel engines tend to be more efficient than petrol engines, which means that a diesel generator can produce more kW of electricity with less fuel use. This can result in lower operating costs and longer run times between refuelling.
Diesel generators also tend to have a longer lifespan than other generators, which can also contribute to their cost-effectiveness. Diesel engines are built to withstand the high pressures and temperatures generated during the combustion process, resulting in less wear and tear and longer service life.
Do you need a generator for sensitive electronics?
If you are using a generator to power sensitive electronics, it’s essential to use an appropriately sized and equipped generator to handle the load. Power surges or voltage fluctuations can damage sensitive electronics, such as computers and other electronic equipment.
To protect sensitive electronics, it’s generally recommended to connect a standby generator via a transfer switch, which allows you to safely connect and disconnect the generator from your electrical system without interrupting the power supply to your sensitive electronics.
Using a surge protector or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a good idea to help protect your sensitive electronics from power surges and other electrical issues. These devices can help to provide additional protection for your electronics and can help to ensure that they continue to operate safely and reliably.
An inverter generator may be a good option for those businesses looking for cleaner electricity. Inverter generators produce AC power that is much cleaner than traditional generators, making them ideal for powering sensitive electronics. The inverter generator also has a control panel that allows you to adjust the voltage and wattage output, making it easier to use with different appliances.
How to use a generator to power your business
Using a generator to power your business is a great way to ensure that you have a reliable source of electricity if grid power fails. First, you will need to choose the right generator for your needs. Consider the size and type of appliances and equipment you need to power.
Once you have selected the right generator, connect it to your main power supply. Ensure all safety precautions are taken when connecting the generator (we recommend getting a professional to do the installation, yes, there are installation costs, but it will help give reassurance it’s been set up correctly). Next, start up the engine and ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently.
Finally, consider the cost of running the generator over time and make sure that it fits within your budget. With careful planning and consideration, running a generator for your business can be cheaper than facing increasing electricity costs.
How to buy a generator for your business
When buying a generator for your business, there are a few things to consider. First, you should decide what generator you need; portable or standby. Generally, standby generators are better suited for business use.
Next, you should determine the best generator size for your needs. Consider the wattage and voltage requirements of the items you plan to power with your generator. Finally, make sure to check the fuel requirements of the generator before purchasing it.
If you want advice on which generator is best for your business, contact the team at Solent Power, we’d be happy to help.