Re: Sizing your backup: how to judge risk vs cost tradeoffs
Critical loads of 5 computers, wide screen and Micro?
Cooking can be accomplished in a variety of ways in an emergency situation. Barbeque, camp stove (I think ever gone should have a camp stove and a bunch of fuel stockpiled for just such emergencies!) the big issue is to be able to store water for a long term if city water goes out, or well power is not available. That said most houses have a pretty good stock pile of water if you are clever about getting it. hot water tank for example holds 40-60 gallons, toilet tanks, pressure tanks etc all hold water even if there is no pressure to get it out.
I guess it comes down to a matter of what one considers a "critical" load.
As a side note to mikeo, I am not m asking light of the situation in the efctd parts of the continent. What I am saying is that A/C has allowed explosive growth in climates where people generally didn't live in previous generations in large numbers. Those that did live there had specific adaptations to the climate, like building design, clothing design, and indeed work specific designs for labor etc.
Nowadays, we have generic buildings and people who leave in a hermetically sealed environment,, and when the lights go out,, they are not inured to the heat and humidity.
Please note, being a moderator does not add any weight to my opinions 300 watts Siemens/BP panels,plus a Sun 90,, making ~400. ~30 amps into Rogue MPT-3024, 450 ah of Trojan T-105, Morningstar ts300 inverter, a Tri-Metric meter.a collection of antique generators, plus 2 Honda eu-1000i's (also a BS2512 IX controller) and assorted other stuff!