After we spent part of Monday scavenging free wi-fi and power from local libraries, it was a blessed relief on Tuesday morning at 4:15 AM when all our appliances sprung to life.
During a few idle moments last night I visited a Web site that sells house generators. They actually aren’t ridiculously expensive – one that would do the job for us, at least for “emergency” circuits like lights, the fridge and maybe a room or two would run about $3K or so. What’s more, they run on propane or natural gas, so we could tap into our gas line, I assume. I’m unaware of our gas ever being cut off in a disaster that’s taken our power too.
I’m still not convinced it’s worth it, to be frank. The total number of times we’ve lost power long enough for it to matter are still pretty minor, but I have to admit, electricity is less reliable in this neighborhood than anywhere else I’ve lived.
It’s ironic, because all of the utility wiring for this neighborhood is underground. It’s not the neighborhood itself that is the problem – it’s the wires on poles that feed it here.