Do you have a generator to run your entire house when the power goes out? If so, lucky you!
For many years, HH and I discussed buying a whole house generator. You may already know this, but they cost thousands of dollars. Who has extra thousands for something that you need only occasionally?
After a tornado came through in spring of 2011, our power was out for several days. HH set up the portable generator outside on the porch. We were thankful for our emergency set-up (and to be alive!), but it was almost comical the way we had orange cords snaking everywhere throughout the house. With shingles and siding strown everywhere outside, the orange snakes and sudden mess from survival mode inside, it felt like a war zone.
This past Christmas Eve could have been a catastrophe, as well. We had storms. Tornadoes had damaged property and caused deaths in our area the day before.
As it turned out, we (thankfully!) had no tornadoes that day. But…the power went out for a long time – longer than usual. We needed to prepare for the Christmas Eve service at church and our family time afterwards. We needed a shower!
I was elated that HH easily went outside and connected our generator to the power box. Voila! Hot water. Hair dryer. Lights for make-up. I was a happy camper!
Last spring, HH had a special outlet installed that allows us to turn off the power circuits through the breaker panel inside, connect the generator, and then turn on individual breakers as needed.
Genius! We don’t need the entire house all at the same time. We only use one part at a time, right?
For information on this meter based portable generator transfer switch, go to GenerLink.com. It can be installed by either your local power utility or a licensed electrical contractor. Contact your utility first for their input, as some have a program to work with you for this transfer switch installation. Ours cost less than a thousand dollars. That’s better than several thousand, right?
The way it works is HH sets up the portable generator on the patio, and a special cord runs to this adapter outlet. You can purchase whatever cord length you need.
A huge generator isn’t necessary like with the usual “whole house” situation. Ours is a standard 7.5 kw generator. (GenerLink isn’t paying me to tell you about this device, but it saved us so much money that I wanted to share it with you. And, it completely meets the need!)
This is on my mind right now because we have storms predicted for today and snow tomorrow. Our crazy weather! And, unlike our 2011 situation, we are a little more prepared.
One less thing to worry about…
Are you prepared for power outages?