The Real Cost of Preparing for a Blizzard

By Alex McIntyre - 2012-01-12T17:40:29Z

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Prep for Power Outages

If you want power to go on instantly after an outage, buy a fully installed generator for $2,000 to $5,000. For most people, a portable generator, which you connect to the house and start manually, is good enough to get the heat, the refrigerator, some lights and even a TV up and running.

$900: Briggs & Stratton 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator with 7-Gallon Fuel Tank -- Ace Hardware

Running Tally: $900