Backup Generator Options

How do you cope during a power outage? To prepare for major storms and power failures, invest in a home generator that will automatically provide power in those critical times. 

Reliant makes it easy and affordable to protect your home's power needs with backup generators from Generac® and KOHLER®. These permanently installed generators switch on within seconds of a power outage so you can make it safely through a storm or other emergency.

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When you choose a whole-home generator, you'll not only be able to keep the lights on, but also run major appliances, like your refrigerator, during an outage. With extended warranties and routine maintenance plans, it’s never been easier or more affordable to power your entire home with a backup generator from Reliant.

Request a free in-home assessment, and a specialist will help you determine the best generator for your needs and budget.

Generac® Generators

Generac® is one of the leading manufacturers of home backup generators in the U.S., with the widest range of residential, commercial and industrial generators in the marketplace.

Generac Generator

Power amount

  • 11kW System
  • 16kW System
  • 20kW System
  • 22kW System

Ideal home size

  • 1,000 - 2,000 sq ft
  • 2,000 - 3,000 sq ft
  • 3,000 - 4,000 sq ft
  • 4,000 - 5,000 sq ft

KOHLER® Generators

Every KOHLER® whole-home generator is meticulously tested from start to finish. The engineering of each generator is performance-tested hundreds of times during the initial design, and each generator must pass a demanding inspection process before it ever leaves the factory. Inside every KOHLER generator is a commercial-grade engine built to withstand extreme workloads.

Kohler Generator

Power amount

  • 10kW System
  • 12kW System
  • 14kW System
  • 20kW System
  • 24kW System

Ideal home size

  • 1,000 - 1,500 sq ft
  • 1,500 - 2,000 sq ft
  • 2,000 - 2,500 sq ft
  • 2,500 - 3,500 sq ft
  • 3,500 - 4,500 sq ft

Offer, installation and maintenance provided by Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC dba Reliant, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. Zero-down and third-party financing is subject to credit approval. A limited warranty on each generator is provided by the respective manufacturer of each generator. Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC is in no way affiliated with the generator manufacturers and except for optional maintenance plans or extended warranties that may be purchased, Reliant Energy Retail Services makes no additional representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the generators or the manufacturer’s products or services. See terms and conditions for specific warranty details. 

Services provided by Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC dba Reliant, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. TACLB23923E. Regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711, 1-800-803-9202, 512-463-6599, © 2019 Reliant Energy Retail Holdings, LLC All rights reserved.

Generator Installation FAQs

  • You must own the home and have natural gas line access in the house. Propane tanks are an acceptable alternative, but they are not recommended due to cost.
  • We try to place the unit near the breaker panel, assuming there aren't any easement or underground hazards. If it cannot be installed near the breaker panel, we will work with you to find a desirable location.
  • A concrete slab will be poured, similar to what an outside air conditioning unit sits on.

    A licensed plumber and electrician will run piping and wiring to connect the generator to the gas and electrical meters. Sometimes these are below ground; sometimes they are attached to the house.

    All work is completed to comply with building code standards.

  • Professional technicians who are licensed, insured and background-checked will perform all construction, installation and maintenance.
  • From start to finish, it usually takes an average of 5 to 7 business days.
  • No. We will handle all permitting with the city for you. Reliant will notify both the city and the TDSP on your behalf.
  • Call 1-832-369-7800 if you are a new customer.

    Call 1-832-369-3344 for service related questions.

Product FAQs

  • Depending on the model you select, the generators we offer can deliver 8kW to 24kW of power.
  • The size you need depends on several factors, which a Reliant representative will evaluate and discuss with you. Before your appointment, decide if you want your entire house to have electricity during an outage or if you only want to power specific areas or appliances. The more items you want to power, the more powerful your generator will need to be. 

    In general, 10kW to 14kW are enough to run survival appliances (refrigerator, HVAC, sump pump and some lights). A 15kW to 20kW generator can run a small home (no air conditioning), and 21kW to 25kW can run a small to medium-sized home, with the higher kW generators able to support an air conditioning system.

    • Briggs & Stratton®
    • Generac®
    • KOHLER®
  • A smart transfer switch is programmed to deliver electricity to certain high-priority areas or appliances in the house before others during an outage.
  • Call us at 1-855-457-5700 for expert answers to technical questions.

Cost FAQs

  • The cost varies due to several factors:

    • The size of the generator
    • Where the generator is installed and whether or not additional piping and wiring work is needed
    • Whether or not special permitting is required by your city

    We will send out a licensed plumber or electrician to walk you through all of your options and provide a final estimate.

  • No. It's not possible to give an accurate quote over the phone because every house is constructed and laid out differently.
  • We have financing options available. Financing is very flexible and is determined on a case-by-case basis with payment plans up to 10 years. If you pay outright, 50% is usually due at the beginning of the installation, and the rest is due upon completion.