20kw Generac and 500 Gallon LP Tank Installation in Wellington, FL

Posted On: November 19, 2013

Important to Size Propane Tank Specifically for Your Needs

You probably put a lot of effort into choosing the perfect generator for your home. You did research, determined the size you would need based on how many appliances you want to run, decided what company to go with, and what specific model. The step that follows, though, is a little bit more complicated.

If you are installing a generator in a home that currently does not have one, you will need to have a fuel source installed as well because how else will you be able to run the system?

In order to properly operate your generator, the tank you install has to be the right size. Having one that’s too small won’t have enough fuel for your needs, and one that is too large will result in you paying more money than necessary.

Of course, our experts here at Reliable Power Systems will help you size your propane tank. But, if you want to purchase one on your own, there are a few things you can do to properly size your tank.

How to Size a Propane Tank

  1. Since you already know the size generator you want installed (or already have installed), you now need to find out how much propane the generator uses an hour. Most propane generators come with documents that explain how many gallons it uses per hour to create the amount of electricity it produces. You could also call the manufacturer to gather that information.
  2. Then, you have to try and estimate the amount of electricity you plan on using and how many hours you think you’ll be running the generator. If you only plan on using your generator as a back up power source, the best you can come up with will be a ball park figure. However, if you think you will be using it more extensively, you should try to determine as close a number as possible.
  3. With those two amounts figured out, it’s easy to determine how much fuel you will need. Multiply how much fuel your generator uses per hour by how many hours you plan on using your generator. Example: If you want to power a home for at least 48 hours with a generator that uses 2 gallons of propane per hour, you will need at least 96 gallons. This tells you, then, that you need a tank that’s at least 100 gallons in size.

Let our experts help you! Call Reliable Power Systems today for any generator or propane tank installation needs!