I think our final step to be ready for winter in Missouri was to get the generators set up and where we needed them to be. That’s done. We’ve learned that for us, the best way to have power when the power is out is with several small generators. We’ll never have a whole house generator again – they’re fine for some but for us, the cost just isn’t worth it. We have have municipal water so we don’t have to run a well pump. We have a propane ventless heater in the downstairs garage (and a carbon monoxide detector in there, as well as several others in the house). When Vince was in Texas in horribly cold weather without power for most of five days, he ran the small gas generators to keep the freezers frozen and with it being so cold in the shop, he didn’t have to run them much; he ran the well pump as needed to get water in the house when he needed it. That’s it. He kept a fire going in the fireplace, cooked on the gas stove, made coffee on the stove and was able to charge the cell phone when the generator was running for the freezers. We don’t need everything in the house to be working. He does have batteries he can charge via the generator to be able to run his CPAP.
Vince sold the gasoline generators he had and now we have “dual fuel” generators but we’ll run them off propane. The generator downstairs will run the heater as needed to keep the pipes from freezing. “Pipe central” is in the ceiling above the downstairs garage and that garage is insulated, heated and cooled but, of course, with no power, there’s no heat. That generator will also run the fridge/freezer downstairs, as well as the water heater so we can take showers – but we wouldn’t run all those things at the same time.
The generator upstairs will run the freezers and we can charge cell phones, Kindles, etc. from that one, though without the router, we won’t have internet and without the internet, there’s no data but we have plenty to keep us busy.
We had the electrician make sure everything was ready to be plugged in and run off the generator and he and Vince calculated how much we can run at one time off these small generators so we’re all set.
Let’s hope we don’t lose power but . . if we do, we’re ready.