Hi, I am new here so maybe this topic has been covered before but its vital information anyway. I am in the market for a home generator, for emergency purposes but first i want to figure out what size I need. Do I look for a gen according to watts, volts or amps?? Here are my needs. In the case of a long time outage of a few months or more I have plenty of wood fuel for heat and propane for cooking and a few lanterns for light. I live in a semi rural area and use a well pump (220 volts) and an injector pump in my septic system. My largest need for a generator is to power the well pump. Powering the refigerator and chest freezer would probably be essential too. At this point I have all my basic needs for my family including food, water and shelter. Electricity for anything else would be nice but is essentially a luxury. I would look for a quiet engine. Ive noticed Honda engine gens seem very quiet. And I would probably run this gen a couple hours per day at most, just to get enough water and chill the refer and chest freezer for the next 24 hours, or so. Many thanks for your advice.