I've got a generator, and I'm wondering since my monthly usage is 719kWh how much would it cost to run the house per day if fuel is $4/gallon?

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    A lot depends on generator efficiency. Model and idea of peak vs average load might help. Jun 15, 2018 at 22:11
  • it is not possible for us to answer your question .... think about what you are asking .... the answer is easy, but you are the only one that can answer it
    – jsotola
    Jun 16, 2018 at 0:08
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    Your monthly electrical usage figure isn't enough for people to answer, you also need the monthly run hours. If the generator runs 24/7, you're using power at a rate of 1 KW according to your question. If you're using power at the rated capacity of 5 KW and running it 20% of the time, you would have the same monthly usage. At 1 KW, you won't use only 20% of the fuel, you'll use substantially more, so the fuel per KWh will be much higher. Jasper's answer is enough to tell you that at half-capacity, fuel costs will be high, but if accuracy is needed, you'll need to add load/run-time figures.
    – fixer1234
    Jun 16, 2018 at 3:16

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The generator you linked to claims to need 4 gallons of fuel to produce 9.5 hours of power at 2.5 kW, or 23.75 kWh. That is about 6 kWh per gallon. At $ 4 per gallon, your fuel cost is about 67 cents per kWh.

In other words, you would spend about $ 16 per day on fuel to average 1 kW. That cost does not include lubricants, maintenance, depreciation, nor the hassle of refueling the generator on a daily basis. In most places, this fuel cost is much more than the retail cost of the electricity produced.

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