Originally Posted by THE_SOOTHSAYER
Yet you won't spend a grand for a generator. Perplexing.
When we lived in NH for 14 years we never had a blackout go more than a single day about 25 times (1996-2009) and only had one go for multiple days 1 time (epic ice storm 2008).
In the 19 months we've been in NJ we've never lost power ever. Now that we have, the generator install people will be the very first call when the power is restored. That said...
We have gas into our stove, are making soups and pastas and eggs and anything fried in a pan every day.
We have gas into our water heater, have unlimited hot water to shower in.
We have gas into our fireplace, can crank it up to 75 degrees in our great room where we're currently camped out every night.
While having a generator would get the boiler going and steam heat into every room, it means worrying about gasoline- and that's the one thing that's been a non-issue for us this week. We filled up both cars last Monday, and since we have no place to go we've got plenty of fuel left. Few trips to town to see movies, few trips to the mall to kill time. No waiting 3+ hours for $20 of premium necessary.
So I'm on the fence with the generator based on this experience. I guess in sub-zero temps the fireplace might not cut it and thus the generator is a nice insurance policy. I'll check into it and report back.