03-20-2012, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Geomancer
What do you do?
I'm in New England. Lots of trees, and all the power lines are on poles with no plans of theme very getting buried.
In the 3 years I've been here there have been two power outages that last longer than a couple minutes. Once was nearly a full 24 hours, the other was about 10 or 12 hours.
I've thought of battery backups, but they only have a max run time of ~20 minutes. Heaters are not on all the time, but I would be surprised if I got more than 1 or 2 hours during winter.
Do most people use generators? That's ~$1000 to get a transfer switch installed. Can always pop the main breaker and just plug the generator into an outlet ... but that's highly against code.
You could also run an extension cord from the generator to the necessities. That is what we had to do with our tank when we had a power outage. Our friend who had piranhas had to donate hers because it would have died (we lost power for a week).
We powered the fridge, the fish tanks and some other stuff.