That last power outage only lasted a few hours, not almost two days like the one last week. This winter is almost over, but we’re probably going to pull the trigger on an emergency preparedness upgrade in the form of a propane generator.
Why propane? Well, we have the necessary infrastructure, since we have two propane furnaces (only used for backup these days), and a 500-gallon propane tank behind the garage. We’re looking at a 7kW unit, which would be big enough to run all the essentials in the house. Once it gets in, we’ll have it wired into the existing panel out in the garage, where the propane line comes into the house already, and venting won’t be a problem. Chances are we won’t have to use the genny more than once a year at our current rate of power failures (National Grid is pretty solid out here), but when we do have to use it, I’m sure we’ll be glad to have it.