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post #11 of 13 Old 03-23-2012, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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I probably will have to think of getting a generator. The power outages are most often in the winter. If you get the misfortune of the line from your house to the pole getting cut ... you don't get it back for ~1 week :S

I wouldn't be against installing a subpanel myself ... I have the knowledge, but I do not know building codes which is where things get tricky. I'd still pull a permit so if some disaster happens the insurance adjuster can't use that against me.

I don't have a well pump, or sump pump, or any of that mumbo jumbo ;) Just need enough for my fridge, freezer, fish tanks, and gas furnace (steam, so no forced hot air fan, just need a spark to ignite the gas).
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-27-2012, 05:02 PM
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the cheapest way outta this imo is a deep cycle battery and an inverter. i have a 400w that bought to run the blower on my fireplace insert in case of an outage. it on ly used 50 watts so i got some room to heat my snakes and run the tank heater. if it looked really bad id prolly let it dip down a little in temp to help conserve battery,
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-28-2012, 09:50 AM
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the cheapest way outta this imo is a deep cycle battery and an inverter. i have a 400w that bought to run the blower on my fireplace insert in case of an outage. it on ly used 50 watts so i got some room to heat my snakes and run the tank heater. if it looked really bad id prolly let it dip down a little in temp to help conserve battery,
That sounds like the safest bet without getting a huge generator. Good stuff!
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