The new GE Home Generator System’s 28-inch-by-24-inch footprint is compact for its class. It’s aimed at homeowners with small and medium-sized homes who want enough power to run essential circuits when the grid goes down. An internal power-management system is supposed to take care of the home’s power needs automatically during a power outage by electronically controlling electrical loads. The system is powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine and has a galvanneal steel enclosure. An 8-kw unit retails for $2,200, a 10-kw unit for $3,000.

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