We have a small generator that will provide enough electric to run the telly, broadband router and a table lamp. The gas fire will work without electric and so will the gas cooker. And possibly even my hifi
Do some cookers still rely on pilot lights to allow the gas to feed? I guess an electrical outage per se would not affect this as they presumably heat thermocouples to enable the main gas to flow. Matches possibly required to light?
Generators seem tempting but I assume they’d need to run outdoors for safety reasons, plus most are likely to be darned noisy.
Saw some ‘high capacity’ powerbanks with inverters which might be fine to run some essential gadgets such as the hi-fi
It’s pretty normal in other parts of the world prone to natural disasters. Everyone in the family has a “go-bag”. They are flame resistant silver bags with your name and blood type written on the back. They contain a few days of food and water, a portable loo, wind up flashlight that doubles as an AM radio and USB charger and flashing help beacon, bandages, hard hat etc. If there is the space, it’s customary to store winter camping gear in case the home is destroyed in winter.
For more run of the mill stuff, like others here, Jackery batteries. And the new build is fitted with a generator. Gas is still sort of under control here price-wise but the area is not conducive to solar sadly. The Panasonic Ene-farm gas generator cuts in automatically in the event of a power outage.
Warm water for washing hands is off grid. We fitted all the washrooms with these devices that use mains water pressure to drive a tiny generator under the sink to heat the water as it comes out.
Not sure. I remember a few power cuts in the UK growing up. Here in Japan there is one mandated outage per year where they shut down a local grid, check it, power it back up. If you are in the path of one of the many typhoons you can be without power for daysl We lost power for a few hours in 2019 but the tower blocks opposite were without power or water for 2 weeks due to typhoon damage.
Most people have no backup for power. I’m personally “Mr. Resiliency”.
We’ve got a 2-stroke petrol generator - bought by one of our sons when he worked at a DIY store 12 years ago, a customer return with a dent in the heatshield, cost a fiver… It has sat in the garage since then, never even fuelled, until last week when I was cutting the hedge and put some fuel in it, and it fired up! A thought was it could power a few lights, and the central heating / hot water - except as the boiler has an electronic controller I don’t dare connect it - not even sure how LED lightbulbs would behave. I’ll have to source some form of power regulator/cleaner (anyone done that?)
Otherwise we have a campervan, with a solar panel, and a pure sine invertor, so as long as there’s enough sun during the very short midwinter days that might power the boiler. Or we could all sit in it with its LPG heater (and shower) and LED lights…
If outage too long to use a tablet or computer, with no suitable alternative energy source to power them we have candles, and plenty of unread books - except I doubt I could read by candlelight these days!
Maybe those fortunate enough to not have to work should take to bed for the hours of darkness. (And if we did that I can think of ways to warm my poor wife if it’s cold, and keep her entertained if we can’t sleep tgat long…)