To prepare for electricity outages, freeze bottles of ice (dimpled to allow for expansion), get LED flashlights & batteries, etc. The refrigerator is the most critical appliance in most of our homes, and we need it to keep food from spoiling.
In a power outage, a backup generator can be crucial for critical devices, particularly those depending on powered medical devices. It’s convenient for lower priority uses, examples perhaps including TV, computer, and lights. However, consideration of the neighbors is in order:
- Generators are noisy and stinky and should be used sparingly, only as is necessary to meet basic needs.
- Neighbors without generators probably have no cooling and will be trying to sleep with windows open, so turn off generators during normal sleeping hours.
- For most of us, the refrigerator is the critical appliance. If you are not opening/closing refrigerator doors, there is no need to run it all the time, particularly overnight. It’ll keep food just fine, especially if you’ve included a gallon of ice for increased thermal mass.
- Even partial baffling or enclosing the generator can helpfully attenuate noise, of course being careful to preserve adequate ventillation.
- LED flashlights, especially headlamps, are super-convenient as emergency lighting devices allowing one to navigate comfortably with them about the house during power outages. They last for days on a single charge or battery set.
- Offer generator plug-in to your next door neighbor … it’s neighborly and could save their bacon. (Be mindful of power capacity limits.)
April 24, 2016