Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO, USA
Thanks Gunny! What a bunch of very useful information regarding diesel.
My question during the last outage we had was, how long do I need to the freezer and refrig when you don't have a large enough generator unit to power everything. (There is nothing you can monitor on a residential freezer, for example that shows the internal temp and when it would call for power and shut off if normal power were on.) In other words, if I don't open it, do I need to run it 2 hours in eight, or four hours in 24, or.......
With a refrigerator, where it will be used during the day, I assumed I'd need to have it on power during the day, and perhaps once in the middle of the night for a couple hours. Donno. Do you have any guidelines? There don't seem to be any available.
As for operating the generator, regardless of capacity, I see no need to run it at night after bed time, or daytime when at work or when not bathing or cooking...except for the requirement of keeping frozen things frozen. There are lots of things that can be cut out during a power failure, such as running large TV's, and the vacuum cleaner!
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