It is almost impossible to pay attention to the floods and fires and storms and not think about a generator if you live in America’s rural or suburban area. This, to me, is the biggest story in the world, but the message hasn’t yet reached Washington.
When I moved upstate, we lost power once or twice a year, for one or two hours. The longest I recall being without power was 10 hours. Around the country, it is now routine for people to be without power for days, even weeks.
We’ve had four or five times as many outages as before. I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet, stretch a credit card, and buy a generator. I r researched it for a month and paid our friend and home maintenance and repair specialist Mike Conklin to study the right one for us.
He and I ended up picking out a 13,000 Watt Duromax that would protect my medicine, Maria’s studio, our refrigerator, and water heater. Maria opted out of this one.
In a bad storm, which is now a question of when not if, we keep our food fresh, protect my expensive medicine, power Maria’s studio and keep the heat and some lights on.
We used to shrug power failures off as no big deal. I think it’s myopic and foolish to blow off the likelihood of powerless storms now. I’ll be able to read books at night.
I hate what it does to our budget, but otherwise, when we need it, it will be too late to get it.
We’ve had a couple of these new superstorms up here. They are fantastic, unprecedented, and more destructive than any storms before them.
I believe in science, and the scientists say they will get much worse before they ever get better, if they ever do.
I want us to try to get ahead of this awful new reality to the extent that we can.
The new generator is a start. Mike is going to help us find an electrician, connect the machine (it runs on gasoline) and also propane, and set it up somewhere in the back of the house.
We hope to have it up and running by the end of November. This model will keep almost the entire house running for 11 hours with one gasoline tank, more if we also have a propane tank.
I talked to people, read online, went to and visited the websites of Home Depot and Loews, and hired Mike Conklin, an experienced carpenter and handyman, to help. I trust him.
I am well informed on generators now and feel very good about the one we got.
There are not too many practical things I can do here on the farm to stop climate change. But at the very least, we can be ready.
(Friends, I don’t give out specific information about the things we buy here, you can check Duromaz or other generators on Amazon or visit Loews and Home Depot or their websites.
You can also talk to people at your local hardware store. There are lots of choices and decisions to make. I didn’t trust myself to make them all.) I feel solid about the one I bought. Climate change has plenty of punch, but winter up here still has some wallop.)