Our focus this month includes emergency power, so during September week 2 decide if you want to purchase a generator and some batteries. Many people can’t afford a generator so consider it an early Christmas present for your family. TV or generator? The choice is yours. Study-it-out-in-your-mind because they cost anywhere from $400 to $6000. Disasters cause power outages that interrupt our lives. Electricity powers the A/C, your stove, your computer and so much more. Be prepared.
1. BUY A GENERATOR AND FUEL
- Here’s a Consumer Reports article to study before you buy a generator. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/generators/buying-guide/index.htm
- Just like cases of bottled water, generators disappear from stores before and after a disaster.
- Dual fuel portable generators run on either gas or propane. If your gas cans become empty, and gas station pumps run on electricity, where will you find more gas? Propane is a great option.
- Electricians can attach a more powerful generator to your home that goes on automatically, but it is pricey.
- It’s a good idea to lock your generator if you run it at night. Generators are loud and have been known to disappear.
- Different states will have different models.
- Costco and Sam’s Club sell several portable generators. (Pics are from last year.)
2. BUY HEAVY-DUTY EXTENSION CORDS
- You’ll need long heavy-duty extension cords to plug your refrigerator into.
- “Always operate a generator a minimum of 20 feet from your home, with the exhaust directed away from any windows, doors, air conditioners or other structures.” Consumer Reports
- Decide where to place your generator outside. Measure the distance to your refrigerator. Our distance was 75 feet. Shocking!
3. BUY EXTRA BATTERIES
- During an emergency you may need batteries for a flashlight, lantern, medical equipment and more. Don’t count on your cell phone flashlight lasting very long.
- Costco and Sam’s Club have reasonably priced batteries. Shop when they go on sale.