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Home generator: Must have or just luxury?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis October 29, 2012 08:03 AM

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After last fall's massive outages, a Times piece dubbed it the "Great Generator Divide."

Basically, it's the split between all the poor sops like me who don't have a generator and the growing number of people who have decided to spend several hundred to a few thousand on a backup power source.

And at top of the pyramid are those high-end homes with mega generators that can keep the electricity flowing full blast - no $800 department special for these folks!

For buyers shopping at the top end of the market, a powerful home generator is as much of a necessity now as a home theater, the Times piece notes.

The same is true, I suspect, for the high-end market in Boston's suburbs. Certainly developers I interviewed earlier this year who are tearing down 50s capes and building $1 million-plus homes were including generators in the package.

Of course, you don't have to own a McMansion to buy a generator - you just have to be willing to part with anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.

As for me, I am relying on the good folks at NStar to keep the lights on.

After I finish writing this, I am going to head outside and put the lawn furniture into the cellar.

That, and making sure the flashlights have batteries, is the extent of my storm preparations.

Maybe I will cave someday and buy a home generator, but with the so-called Frankenstorm bearing down, it's a little late right now for that.

How about you?


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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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