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The Real Cost of Preparing for a Blizzard

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

Photograph by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

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Generator Extras

In addition to the basics, a few extras make using a generator easier and help it run more efficiently.

$199: In the coldest months, the combination of a battery warmer and oil heater makes the generator run more smoothly -- Briggs & Stratton Cold Weather Kit --Continental Generators
$20: RhinoGear Gas Can Holder (two at $10 each) -- Lowe's
$3: Hopkins FloTool Spill Saver Multi-Purpose Funnel --
$8: Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil, 1 qt. -- Advance Auto Parts

Running Tally: $1,290