I often debate with my kids who has the better life right now – they wish for no bedtime and unlimited access to the pantry, I long for the carefree life of my childhood where my biggest worry was the upcoming test at school. Being an adult is a pretty good gig, most of the time, but not without stress of course.
There are many parts of being an adult that are plain un-sexy. Taxes. Yearly doctor’s exams. The way your joints pop and crack when you get out of bed in the morning. Yet, we know, that taking care of ourselves is paramount to living a good life as an adult and do the things necessary to achieve that.
When I proudly showed my husband the sparkly new Champion 3000W Gas Generator in the garage, I knew we had hit true suburban adulthood when he then texted a friend to share his new amazing item. Yep, twenty-years ago a generator would have been the last thing on our minds, but now with a household and three kids it makes total and complete sense – and I’m OK with that.
This model in particular is available at Canadian Tire, and while Father’s Day is still a few months away, I’m planting the seed now for consideration for the hubby or granddad who seemingly has everything! It’s also just a smart consumer purchase, with the possibility of a tax return this year and where that money can be best used.
The Champion 3000W Gas Generator features cold start technology that starts the generator easily even in cold weather, and that’s the only feature that I understood (lol!) Here are the rest:
– 3000W rated and 4000W surge power
– Powered by a 196cc Champion gasoline OHV engine
– 3.4 gallon (13 L) fuel tank ensures that you have 10 running hours at 50% load
– Has a noise level of 68 dBA from 23 feet
– Integrated control panel with 120V twistlock, two 120V duplexes and circuit breaker protection
– Low oil shut off prevents engine damage
– Includes 8 inch (20.3 cm) never flat tires, folding handle and voltmeter
It’s one of those products that you don’t ‘need’ until you really really need it and then you’re frustrated you’re left without. Power outages in the winter have been an issue here and there in my city, but thankfully there have been no stories of families being left without for too long.
It’s more so in the summer months where storms can wreck havoc here in Saskatchewan (did you know we’re part of tornado alley?) and many times families are left without power for hours at a time. It’s then that having a generator for power would be hugely essential – not only to keep the family comfortable and happy with lights, air conditioning and more but also to ensure your fridge and freezer items don’t spoil. I have been unfortunate enough to have smelled what an unplugged freezer full of spoiled food smells like, and let me tell you – you don’t soon forget!
The above video shares some great information from Canadian Tire on how to choose a generator, with information on how much electricity some products in your home use, so you can choose the best item for you. It also better explains all those features listed above, so you can better understand the WHY and the HOW when it comes to owning a generator.
If you need more good reasons to purchase one, aside from that emergency use, I’m told that camping can be taken to a whole new level if you have a generator on hand to meet the needs of a large family (I love this idea!)
Champion Generators are available in Canada at Canadian Tire, and are certainly worth a discussion in your household this spring.
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