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Standby Generators Are Becoming More Important In Today’s World

In today’s world we are almost totally dependent upon electricity – far more so than even 50 years ago. Back in the day, we didn’t have computers, but today it is almost impossible to run a business without one. Even a local convenience store which deals largely with cash may not need a laptop for the actual serving of customers, but you can bet that the owner has one for ordering stock and supplies, keeping track of stock levels, and so on. Electricity is also necessary to keep the fridges running. So, electricity is vital.

However, with the increase in the use of electricity comes the possibility of more power outages. This is increased further by climate change which seems to be bringing us more frequent and very heavy storms, which in turn can bring down power lines. So, if you run any sort of business, it makes sense to invest in a standby generator in order that you can keep going when the power doesn’t.

Used Generators

But you don’t have to invest in a brand new one if you only run a small business or need one for your home. You can buy used generators in the UK for considerably less than a new one. In fact, when you buy used generators in the UK it is just like buying a used car. Sure, if you can afford the very latest swanky Mercedes Benz or a Roller, then you might want to buy one. But a second-hand Nissan Juke will get you around just as well.

You can buy used generators in the UK for under £500 at Blades Power Generation. Of course, you then have to add in the cost of installation as well. And you will need a transfer switch. This is a legal requirement because it stops the mains power coming into contact with the generator, which would almost certainly burn out if this happened. It also stops the generator from back feeding the mains when it has failed, endangering the lives of electricity utility workers.

You can buy an automatic transfer switch (ATS) or a manual transfer switch. An automatic transfer switch does what it says on the tin, so when the power goes down it will fire up the generator and you will have power back on within seconds. However, a manual transfer switch costs a lot less than an ATS. It does mean, of course that you have to fire up the generator and then switch over. This is OK if someone is on the premises but could prove difficult if you need to keep the power running even though you are not there. You need to consider your options. 

Energy Bills Could Increase To £60 A Week!

The likelihood of power shortages and outages in the UK has increased considerably since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Only a few days ago, MPs were warned that oil and gas could be rationed because of the crazy increase in prices. Experts have stated that household energy bills could increase to £3,000 a year – that is £60 a week!

The US, UK and EU have unveiled a growing list of sanctions, including on the import of Russian oil and gas. While only 3-4% of UK gas comes from Russia, plus 8% of our oil, Russia provides 40% of the EU’s gas and 25% of its’ oil, which means that energy price increases on the continent will have a major knock-on effect elsewhere. 

At a Treasury select committee in parliament on Monday March 14th, Dr Amrita Sen, director of research at Energy Aspects, told MPs that the rationing of diesel and gas could be on the horizon as a result of supply issues and growing instability in energy markets. That can have a serious effect on electricity supplies.

What’s The Answer?

So, what is the answer? What can you do to keep the lights on and the wheels turning if the power goes down?

Fortunately, there is an answer, and it is one which quite a lot of businesses have been investing in recently. Many businesses simply cannot operate without electricity, and for place such as hospitals it is vital that they keep the power going. So, the answer is a standby generator.

If you have a standby generator in your home or at your business premises and you team it with an automatic transfer switch, when the power goes down you will only be without electricity for a matter of seconds.

Now, a new standby generator can cost quite a bit of money, depending upon the amount of power that you need to produce. However, you don’t have to buy a new generator because you can also find used generators for sale in the UK.

Indeed, at Blades Power Generation, we always have a selection of used generators for sale in the UK because as businesses expand, they find that they need a generator with more capacity than the one that they currently have. So, they come to us for a bigger generator and then trade in the existing one. We are happy to do that because it is a profitable deal for us, and it also means that you can get a generator for your home or business for a lot less than buying a new one. 

Why Not Buy A Used Generator Instead Of New?

There is suddenly a considerable and growing interest in people looking for standby generators. Until recently, many people didn’t think of having one in their home unless they lived way out in the sticks where there were a number of outages when the power went down, and everything came to a grinding halt. Let’s face it: it isn’t funny when you suddenly have no electricity at 6.00 pm on a December evening. No light. No heat. And unless you have gas, you can’t cook either.

But over the last few months things have suddenly changed considerably. To begin with, the price of gas has gone through the roof, and with it is going electricity bills. Not only that, but the energy cap is going to be lifted in April and who knows where that is going to go?

Not Many Alternatives

Then there is the fact that in the UK we don’t have a lot in the way of alternatives. Instead of building new nuclear power stations, we are closing them! The green lobbyists have managed to see to it that fracking has gone out of the window, despite the fact that we have so much natural gas underground in the Northwest. We won’t go into the politics of that here, but it does seem to be very short-sighted. So, it seems that we have to rely on the generosity – or otherwise – of Mr Putin. Erm, right.

No wonder so many people have suddenly become interested in purchasing their own generator so that they can produce the electricity they need for their home, since it seems that things are only going to get worse, not better.

At Blades Power Generation, we have a huge range of different generators available, which can provide the sort of power that you need. It is important to get the right size and type of generator for your particular home, because there is no point in having one which is too big. Equally, you need one which will provide sufficient power.

But you don’t have to fork out a lot on a new generator if you don’t want to, because we also have used generators for sale.

If you buy one of our used generators you can have the backup that you need for your home when the power goes down, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Obviously, our stock is constantly changing, so contact us to discuss your requirements.