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Preparing for a short-term power outage

 
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All of the numerous power outages I have to deal with have been due to weather related events.  I have been lucky I haven't had to deal without water or power for more than 3 days.

Things we have for short term outages

Heating
A little Buddy Propane heater we can use inside.  We make sure we have good ventilation when in use.
We added a wood stove to the house this year so the propane heater is back up.  
We also have battery powered smoke detectors,  CO2, and CO detectors, along with fire extinguishers  in our house.

Cooking
I love my little Dragonfly camp stove.  We keep plenty of fuel for it on hand. I have a lightweight cook set to use with it from my camping days to use on it.
I am learning how to cook on the woodstove top and that will be useful in the cold weather.  
I always batch cook and have home made heat and eat meals in the freezer or pressure canned in the pantry. This makes eating easy when the power is out.  
French press and manual coffee grinder.  Life is easier if my husband can have coffee.
We keep plenty of charcoal on hand for the grill too.

 Lighting
I have a box candles, candle holders, matches and lighters.
LED headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns.  
We also just do stuff when the sun is up.

 Water
I will fill our 2  largest stock pots with water and set them on the counter with lids on them. They are 5 and 6 gallon pots so that usually covers us for a day or 2.
We keep bottled water on hand and I save my empty gallon vinegar jugs and store emergency water for the cat and the chickens in them.  
We have a natural swimming pond that we can use to flush toilets or filter with our Berkey or Katadyn filter.  
The bathtub gets filled before a storm for even more water storage.  
We are in the process of getting an invertor installed so we can use our generator to run the well pump which will be great if we lose power for a couple of weeks.  
We are also adding another garden pond to the property to hold even more water.
I have a couple of camping showers that we can leave out side to warm water for washing and hang in our shower for general hand washing.

 Power
An invertor that we hook up the car so we can charge phones and such.  
We have a generator to chill down the fridge and freezer it the outage isn't in the winter.  
We are working on getting solar installed and battery back up but it may be a few months before all the parts are here, installed, and squared away with the power company.  



 
 
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Kate Muller wrote: We also have battery powered smoke detectors,  CO2, and CO detectors, along with fire extinguishers  in our house.


A very good reminder, Kate…
Thank you for that…

Kate Muller wrote: French press and manual coffee grinder.  Life is easier if my husband can have coffee.


Not a coffee drinker myself, but a good advice with a wife that is a coffee aficionado…
 
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I'm off grid so my power outages don't occur when everyone elses do. For us, it's about managing our power. Last year our battery bank went out, so we usually lost power at night. We have generators but they are large and I'm definitely not leaving one on just to power some lights. So we have rechargeable lanterns and battery powered candles, and lots of regular candles. One generator uses propane and the other diesel, so if we are out of one fuel we have the other. I'm thinking that we should get a small portable generator because sometimes we need power in remote locations or to charge phones or internet connection.

Our water is pumped up to two tanks totaling 5500 gallons that are gravity fed to the houses that keeps us in water for at least a couple weeks. Water seems to be the big issue for a lot of people. We are fortunate to live on a hillside. It seems to make things much easier.

We always have plenty of food.

Honestly, the worst part of it for us, is we have no idea that the power is out elsewhere and that we need to adjust.
 
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Stacy Witscher wrote:I'm off grid so my power outages don't occur when everyone elses do. For us, it's about managing our power.


Same with us, Stacy…
We’re off grid, but dependent totally on our solar system.
I agree that it’s about managing our power consumption… which we became really good at.
Our vulnerability, right now, is redundancy.
What if any of the solar system parts breaks down…
But normally, this can be fixed pretty quickly.
 
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One of our generators, the propane one it's AC, can be used to run power to the houses without going through the solar system, whereas the diesel one only charges the battery bank, it's DC. Maybe something like that could work for you.
 
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Stacy Witscher wrote:One of our generators, the propane one it's AC, can be used to run power to the houses without going through the solar system, whereas the diesel one only charges the battery bank, it's DC. Maybe something like that could work for you.


Yep… that’s what we did in the couple of times that our solar system broke…
We rented a generator from our village’s hardware store (about $25 a week)…
So far, I prefer renting than buying one… although this is a vulnerability we need to consider…
 
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Lynne Cim wrote:We bought an inverter for our Prius which can actually be left running in what's called "camper mode".  Once the power goes out we run an extension cord from the inverter to the house and it can run our fridge and then we have a few outlets to run other small appliances, charge computer and phones.  So quiet no loud generator needed.  



I went to the website you mentioned further into the thread, https://invertersrus.com, and note that the vast majority are out of stock.

Can you elaborate on how this works? What's camper mode? How long do you leave it running?
 
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