It’s freezing…. click. Oh boy… no lights… or heat!

Where we live, the South is starting that slow slide into winter.

In fact, it’s leaped into winter, with temperatures in the low 40’s daily, falling into the low 30’s at night.

Now, that doesn’t seem like much, until you factor in that the rest of the year it’s hot and humid, so our blood has thinned to the point that anything below about 60 degrees is considered “long-sleeve weather”.

When it falls into the 40’s, we’re reaching for jackets, I guarantee!

With this newly acquired need for “thicker clothing’ comes the requirement for more heat.  And that means that the local power grid gets hammered. Yep. Blackout’s power failures and frustration. Most of our heat here is generated by… you guessed it… electricity.

Losing your AC is one thing, but freezing to death because your heater doesn’t work is another.

We’re used to losing power during heavy tropical storms and Hurricanes. Katrina? Hello?

But for some reason, we don’t think about our back-up generators during the rest of the year.

It’s like that in other parts of the country as well.

So, I’m going to do a series of short articles on Generators, Electricity in general and SAFETY.

We’re going to talk about the differences between Stand-by generators and Back-up generators.

We’re going to talk about selecting the right generator.

We’re going to talk about WHAT you should power with that generator.

We’re going to explore “Generator Math” – Calculating the proper sized generator for your needs.

We’re going to talk about Electricians!

We’re going to talk about SAFETY.

We’re even going to talk about other type of generators that may really open your eyes!

A little planning can go a long way in insuring that your family is safe and warm.

Stay tuned!

2 comments for “It’s freezing…. click. Oh boy… no lights… or heat!

  1. January 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm


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  2. March 26, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Since I plan on making my own bio-diesel out of used or fresh, locally purchased vegetable oil, I’d really like to see part of this article contain information about bio-diesel generators. I think it would be fantastic if my back-up generator ran on the same fuel as my vehicle does. This may be one of the first purchases that I make before I even start building my home. It will charge my batteries when there isn’t enough sun, wind, or the means to do so another way.

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