Consider a standby or back-up generator

A standby or back-up generator may be right for you! If you work from home, have critical residential equipment, special health related needs, or just want the safety, comfort and security that a generator can provide, PSE is here to help! There are many requirements that must be considered when purchasing and installing a generator, and your safety is our concern if you choose to install and use a generator in your home.

Read more about standby or back-up generators.

Or, for personalized advice regarding generator safety, purchase, applications or installation, call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Permanently installed generators

More and more homes are purchasing permanently installed generators. Permanently installed generators are installed outside the home, connected to natural gas or propane fuel and are always ready to provide electricity in the event of a power outage. These units come in weather protected enclosures and are designed to be in service for many years and use an automatic transfer switch (ATS) to start and transfer your home or business energy usage to the generator within seconds when utility-fed power is unavailable. When the utility-fed power has returned, the ATS switches your home back to the utility and shuts down the generator. Permanently installed generators operate without any action or oversight. They even test themselves weekly to ensure they are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when you're away!

Portable generators

Portable generators are available from many retail companies within the PSE service area. Most are designed to be manually started and connected directly to individual electrical devices or connected to the home via a correctly and legally installed manual transfer switch. Many types are fueled by gasoline. These are systems that will not operate without someone who will start, connect and constantly oversee their operation.

Generator purchase and installation

PSE can assist you with all aspects of planning, sizing, locating, permitting and installing the necessary generator equipment. Our goal is to assist you with one-call does it all service.

Through Contractor Alliance Network, PSE can also refer you to a pre-screened, independent contractor that can provide equipment and a full installation. These contractors have specific experience in generator installations and are able to provide all aspects of a complete and safe install.

For more information

If you have a generator now or are looking to buy a permanently installed or portable generator in the future and have questions, PSE can help. With information about hooking up to natural gas to fuel your generator and safe and proper ways to connect your generator to your home, PSE can provide the guidance you need.