Backup generators bring peace of mind to homeowners who live in ice storm and hurricane-prone areas. Just ask anybody who lost power in the ice storm here last month how much they valued their backup generator. Briggs & Stratton is showing a new line of energy-efficient standby generator systems under the GE brand at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. These smaller generators offer a big punch with reduced energy use, saving up to 33 percent in fuel costs and reducing emissions by 25 percent. Check them out if you’re at the show. We were impressed and think you will be, too.

Credit: International Builders’ Show