How do you cope if you lose power?

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How do you cope if you lose power?

Hi all,

With this being our fist major winter event, we’re wondering how you all cope if you lose power. How likely is a loss of power? I’m not terribly concerned, but it would be good to know all the options.

Thanks!

10 Responses

  1. Tom Craigo says:

    H&A Regensburger makes a good point. We had a estimate from a company that wanted to rent us a tank. We decided we want the ‘control’ of our own equipment, and will buy the tank and have it filled ourselves, not under a contract.

  2. Cheryl Willard says:

    Thank you everyone for the information. The hubby and I have been talking about getting a generator, and now we have some good contacts and additional information. We survived the snowstorm, and power seems steady – no flickers or anything. I dare say it’s more stable than where we were in Virginia last winter.

  3. Pauline Lockard says:

    Cheryl,

    The other comments cover it all.. we have a generator that runs the essentials in the house …its a must!!

    Pauline

  4. H&A Regensburger says:

    As previously noted, everyone has provided good information. My two cents is to get several estimates before picking a contractor to purchase and install the generator. I agree we should support “local”businesses but perceive that having an Ashton Woods address can add a premium markup on occasion. Generac makes good generators and we have one for the essentials as Tom mentioned. Found the Thomas, WV husband/wife Generac dealer Phillips Electronics to provide the best price and excellent maintenance if you want them to.

    If you don’t already have a propane tank would call around for prices too. Our generator is the only propane appliance we have and found it was cheaper and less hassle to buy the tank vs renting it over the long term. Purchased ours from Oakland Propane in Oakland, MD. They also installed and filled it. In three years have not needed a refill as it’s still 75% full.

  5. Tom Craigo says:

    Everyone has covered the important stuff. Just want to add that you can split off a sub panel for critical need like well, heat/cool, fridges and lights and not have a ‘whole house’ generator. We have that in our current house and the house we’re finishing up in AW.

  6. Linda Wangerin says:

    We have a whole-house generator also, Cheryl. When we built 17 years ago, we expected to lose power frequently due to the location and so many trees that could fall on the lines, etc. In truth, the power is very reliable. There was one time a long while back when we were without power for almost three days when a power station was destroyed. A generator is definitely peace of mind, as well as convenience. No worries about water/plumbing or refrigerator/freezer issues. Warmth in winter. Cool in summer. Once we invited to neighbors’ for dinner when the power went out for a few hours. They didn’t have back-up power so they boxed up all their food and supplies and cooked at our cabin. Nice memories! If you do get a generator, there is a Generac dealer right in Moorefield now. They may carry other brands too. It’s nice to have someone local for yearly maintenance or repairs.

    Linda Wangerin

  7. Paul Graham says:

    Cheryl,

    We have a whole house generator that automatically turns on when the power goes out. It’s tied into our propane tank. The biggest need, as Charlie pointed out, is electricity to run your water pump. We ultimately installed solar, so that is now the first line of defense if the power goes out. But, we kept the generator just in case we use all of the power stored in the solar batteries.

    This snow is pretty moderate. A few years ago we got 40 inches. It took 5 days to clear all the roads using bulldozers. So, in addition to back-up power, it’s a good idea to have a supply of food on hand.

    Paul

  8. charlie@mtnhome4u.com says:

    Best thing for moderate winter preparation (besides a generator) is to have a back-up heat source… that means a propane heater that doesn’t require power, or an old-fashioned wood stove (can heat water and cook on one, too). And definitely fill and set aside a few of those 5-gal water jugs because water comes in handy. Remember, without power you can’t even flush a toilet, but with a few gallons of water, you can. Candles can be dangerous, especially when the fire dept is 30+ minutes away. Have a selection of rechargeable LED lights on hand, always. Put your house wi-fi router and home cordless phone base unit on a UPS back-up battery ($60150). Also, keep a small lithium battery car jump starter ($90-150) handy for both starting a dead car battery as well as recharging your digital devices.

  9. Markwood Construction says:

    We bought a back up generator that is large enough to run the essentials. We haven’t had a major power outage lately, but it could be a day or two if a big enough storm rolls through the region. You’ll get a couple small flickers and a few outtages that last a few hours because trees in here fall on or hit the lines, especially during t-storms.

    • Cheryl Willard says:

      Ok, we’re still getting settled, believe it or not, after 6 months. We need a generator for sure – I don’t like relying on luck. I can’t believe it’s STILL snowing! 😀

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