The Ultimate Guide to Home Backup Systems

The Ultimate Guide to Home Backup Systems

When the unexpected occurs, it is comforting to know that you have a backup plan. A home backup system can provide peace of mind during those times when the power goes out and you're left in the dark. 

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about choosing and installing a Goal Zero home backup system for your home. Whether you're preparing for the next hurricane or want some added security during a power outage, this guide is for you.

Home Backup Systems and Their Benefits

A home backup system is an essential investment for any homeowner. It provides peace of mind in power outages, and it can save you money on your energy bill.

There are a few things to consider before purchasing a home backup generator:

  • What type of power source do you want to use?
  • How much power do you need?
  • What is your budget?

A home backup system can be a lifesaver if you live in an area prone to power outages. It will keep your lights on and your fridge running, and it can power essential medical equipment. No matter what you’re looking for, Goal Zero has a home backup system that will work for you. 

Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Station being carried with the Yeti Roll Cart inside a house by a man.

Choosing The Right Home Backup Generator

Losing power is a scary thought. Whether it's from severe weather or another emergency, being without power can be disruptive and dangerous. That's why having a solar generator is so important. 

There are alternatives to having a solar generator, but they can be costly, and not just to your bank account.

Portable gas generators are gasoline or diesel-powered machines that produce power on demand. They’re not meant to be used indoors due to the fumes they give off, but they are smaller than a standby generator. They may cost you money over time when you need to buy gas and spark plugs.

Standby generators are larger than gas generators and permanently installed in your home. They can provide more power for longer periods of time and automatically turn on in event of power outages. 

Solar generators with installed storage solutions feature a permanently installed battery that stores excess power from solar panels or the power grid in case of emergencies. Obviously, this option is connected to the power grid. 

Goal Zero solar generators are the most portable, cost-effective option that saves you money over time. They collect power from solar panels, store, and dispense power from a portable power station whenever you need it. It does not need to be connected to the power grid, and it can harness energy from the sun for your benefit. There are no fumes, no noise, and no hassle involved. 

How Much Power Do You Need?

If you live in an area prone to short power outages, our  Yeti 1500X half day backup system  is a surefire go-to. It’s powerful enough to give your essential home appliances enough juice over 12 hours. Whether you’re staying connected with WiFi, keeping the lights on, or powering your fridge, this home backup system provides the power you need. This is also the ideal solution for someone who may live in an apartment or townhome who may not have access to a home integration

For one-day backup preparedness, our 3000Wh Home Backup System is the way to go. It can keep up to four essential circuits in your home running with the Yeti 3000X and the included easy-to-use transfer switch Home Integration Kit. This kit delivers approximately 3,032 Watt Hours of backup. It can power everything from medical devices to microwaves, and charge everything from laptops to headlamps.  

Hurricanes, earthquakes, heavy wind, and other emergencies and natural disasters can knock out your power for days at a time. The 7800Wh Home Backup Solar Generator is your solution to multiple days without power. This all-in-one bundle provides about 7,800 Watt Hours of power for your portable home energy needs. It’s equipped with a Yeti 3000X, Yeti Home Integration Kit transfer switch, four Yeti Tank Expansion Batteries, the Link Expansion Module, and three Boulder 200 Briefcase solar panels with combiner and 30ft extension cable.It can power essentials in your home like lights in high-use rooms, fridges, medical devices, and internet modems. 

Family gathered in the kitchen and dining room with a Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Station connected to the Home Integration Kit and four Yeti Expansion Tanks (Home Backup System)


No matter what your budget is, Goal Zero has a solar generator that can fit your needs. The Yeti Line starts at $1,499 for the Yeti 1000X and goes up to $5,999 for the Yeti 6000X.

A Goal Zero home backup power solar generator is an investment in your long-term preparedness. A solar generator can provide you with the peace of mind that you have a backup plan in case of an emergency.

In comparison, the approximate cost of a gas generator ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, but requires constant gas fees and maintenance. An installed standby generator can cost up to $20,000, and an installed battery storage system costs approximately $15,000 alone, and up to $30,000 with rooftop solar after tax credits. 

Goal Zero's solar generators are also versatile and can be used for much more than just powering your home in an emergency. They can be used to power your RV or camping gear, or to keep your electronics charged while you're on the go.

If you're looking for a way to be prepared for anything, a Goal Zero home backup power solar generator is for you. With a wide range of products at different price points, there's a Yeti that can fit your needs and budget.

Stay Powered With Goal Zero

Goal Zero has a home backup system for you no matter if you’re living out of your RV, staying at your cabin, or powering your home. Our solar generators are the most reliable on the market, and we pride ourselves on putting safety and clean energy first. 

Your Yeti will be there for you when you need it most, and it will do the job without costing you more money over time. It offers the renewable energy we want without the hassle of installation and with the benefit of portability. Be sure to consider all of your options, Goal Zero has one that will work for you.


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