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Old 05-11-2009, 07:50 PM   #21
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OK - it's not being done for these reasons - but we're having photovoltaic panels installed today. Enough to provide 1/2 of our regular usage - should be more than enough in an emergency.
Those could be really nice for a short-term loss of electricity. On the other hand, if there's a breakdown in law and order (not Mad Max, but maybe NO after Katrina) the panels might draw the attention of undesirable elements. If the thugs will tear out working air conditioners for a few bucks worth of copper today, I gotta think operational solar panels will be high on their list if the going gets rough. Get a grease gun like Chuck's, or at least a step-up transformer so you can electrify the panel frames to 10K volts to dissuade the casual thieves.


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OK - it's not being done for these reasons - but we're having photovoltaic panels installed today. Enough to provide 1/2 of our regular usage - should be more than enough in an emergency.
Are you getting battery backup with your system? or just grid-intertie. If you do not have battery backup, the grid intertie will do you absolutely no good in a power failure. Hope your contractor talked you thru that...

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Are you getting battery backup with your system? or just grid-intertie. If you do not have battery backup, the grid intertie will do you absolutely no good in a power failure. Hope your contractor talked you thru that...

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No Battery backup but the ability to disconnect from the grid plus a very small generator to power the DC to AC converter.
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Can I also suggest watching all past episodes of "Survivorman"! All sorts of tips for living off of the land, and staying alive in primative environments.
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Depends on the level of disruption.
I have PV panels which could supply most of our power with a little rewiring. However, if modern medicines are no longer available, I won't last very long.
If it is a localized issue, I would most likely pick up and try to find somewhere insulin was still available.
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No Battery backup but the ability to disconnect from the grid plus a very small generator to power the DC to AC converter.
Interesting combination. Seems it should work for a few circuits anyway. We went with the battery backup, and a subpanel in the house that provides power from the backup to one outlet in each room, plus the fridge, the freezer in the garage, the range (to light the burners), a light in the kitchen, and to the furnaces. We will not have A/C in the event of an extended power failure, but we can live with that. The battery backup allows the inverters to continue working and charging the batteries. The one problem remaining is that we are on well water...and I have no way to power it. I had a manual pump put in, but it only worked the first day, and have not been able to get it fixed.

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From the ZSG... first sign of the disturbance fill up the bathtubs with water.

Someone in finance forum recently linked to a guy from Argentina talking about the crisis they had awhile back, one thing he thought was great was an LED light that could somehow mount to your head. Then you can do stuff with your hands.

My former Boss is a nice Mormon gentleman who has a year's supply of food and water in his garage, one item on list might be go wack him over the head and take his stuff.
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