After two storms that knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts, where we agree to disagree with the Germans on the merits of underground power cables, folks are talking about their backup solutions. Here’s one message thread:
- Exurbanite: We have no power. They are talking Tuesday or wed.
- Me: How long can your gen run? [he is not on a gas line]
- Exurbanite: About three weeks if I don’t get more fuel. But I can get fuel any day I want. My friend got a stupid Tesla power wall. I told him not to. I calculated that the Tesla battery is equal to one gallon of propane.
- Exurbanite: I have 500 gallons.
- Exurbanite: After the first night he woke up. Battery was at 18 percent. And that was with him conserving.
- Our mutual friend: I am sure the UI is nice!
Readers: From the perspective of a single home, are power outages actually more common and/or longer than in the good old days? Or are we just more addicted to our electrically powered conveniences?
Personally I still like the idea of rooftop solar plus battery (though maybe not too useful after a big snow!). It is silent and does something useful when there is no outage. But my friend’s 500:1 comparison makes it seem ridiculous!