Options for Coping With an Electrical Power Outage
Most of the electrical outages at Andy Creek do not last longer than 24 hours The longest outage in recent history was no longer than 48 hours.
Because our water well pump and associated electronic controls require electricity, you will need to conserve your water usage during the outage. Our 15,000 gallon tank can supply enough domestic water for several days during a power outage if all visiting cabin owners and guests conserve their water usage. During major holidays, our cabin visitor numbers and water usage are much greater, so it is especially important to conserve.
Two options to provide electricity to your cabin:
1) Inverter and a marine-type, 12-volt storage battery. The inverter will change 12 volts DC to 120 volts AC. Inverters can be purchased to handle various loads. Most inverters can handle small electronic devices, computers, music systems, LED flat-screen televisions, DSL computer modems and routers for several hours before the battery becomes discharged. They cannot, however, be used for cooking, heating water, or operating a furnace system.
After the battery has been too discharged to power the inverter, a battery charger will be needed to recharge the battery. When the battery has been fully recharged, and is not being used, a battery maintainer should be left connected and turned on to keep the battery at full capacity until needed.
2) Gasoline, or propane-fueled generator. These can be either battery-start or pull-start. The battery start uses a relatively small battery....similar to a small car battery. Generators are available in sizes capable of supplying 3,000 to 30,000 watts. Some generators are portable and may be carried or wheeled, others are stationary. The larger wattage units may be used to power ranges, electrical heating systems, and hot water heaters. Generators must not be used inside a building. All gasoline-powered generators should have gasoline stabilizer added to the fuel to prevent gumming or "staleness" which can create engine starting issues. The stabilizer will preserve the fuel for up to one year. Generators powered by propane do not have this problem, however.