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Power is back on.
Woo ho!!!!!

Anyone living in the northeast outside a city needs a genset. This is the first house we’ve had that has one. Huge!!!
One thing I loved about my 47 lb Honda 2000 generator. Not only do I use it for charging my Electric Propulsion and House battery banks. But, in the off season it's available for emergency use on land.
Happily never had to use it though.
 

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The ubiquitous Honda just doesn’t cut it to run a house. Just like AC units the start up for geothermal pumps and heat exchangers is much higher than when running. Although everything in the house is led the compressors in the sub zero are a drawn. The hybrid hot water gets next to nothing off the solar in overcast. Etc.
In short while running our electrical use is trivial and in fact we sell back power. But to restart all the systems is a big draw and power production during inclement weather is quite low. We did several load calculations and need the 30kw propane generator to get things restarted. Upside is given fall in draw after start up there’s no reason to restrict any electrical activities.
Our town requires by law a transfer switch. Workers have died when people jerryrig. Not having one is a criminal offense with good reason. Even if not required in your town please install one.
 

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The ubiquitous Honda just doesn’t cut it to run a house. Just like AC units the start up for geothermal pumps and heat exchangers is much higher than when running. Although everything in the house is led the compressors in the sub zero are a drawn. The hybrid hot water gets next to nothing off the solar in overcast. Etc.
In short while running our electrical use is trivial and in fact we sell back power. But to restart all the systems is a big draw and power production during inclement weather is quite low. We did several load calculations and need the 30kw propane generator to get things restarted. Upside is given fall in draw after start up there’s no reason to restrict any electrical activities.
Our town requires by law a transfer switch. Workers have died when people jerryrig. Not having one is a criminal offense with good reason. Even if not required in your town please install one.
My house needs are modest so the Honda would work fine for me. I also bought a Champion 3400 watt generator this year for the boat so I could use a power supply with more wattage when I need to electro-sail using the electric propulsion system. It also has a remote start which is nice. It's 89 pounds but, I can manage it on and off the boat. Of course a transfer switch would be used should I use either generator at home. Though our electric grid has been pretty reliable even in the Nor'easters.
 
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