I'm planning on hooking up a manual start 5000 watt 240v propane generator to my panel for outages.
Is there any advantage to using a generator transfer switch with only a few circuits switchable (say one of those Reliance 10 circuit switches) versus doing a power inlet (Reliance PB30) and a main breaker lock out to prevent back-feeding to the grid ? (http://www.interlockkit.com/
The home is mostly gas fired, EnergyStar everything where possible, LED lighting everywhere, etc. So I am not very concerned about overdrawing against the generator.
My thoughts are the 10 panel Reliance gen transfer switch is $400 plus requires a lot more wiring. A lock out kit and a power inlet , about $150.
With the 10 circuit switch, I'm positive I'll want to use some circuit which isn't hooked up to the transfer switch and will get frustrated by that, and I do not want to end up running extension cords around the house. So whole house for me is a must but of course I'm on a budget. Is the interlockkit a viable, whole house solution for manual transfer of power?