During an extended power outage, what are the items that you want to be able to run off of your generator?
If there is an extended power outage of more than just a few hours – a couple of days to whatever. What items do you want to make sure that you can still run? The following is the list of items that I have thought about, but I wanted to see what everybody else thought was important, in case I want to add it to my list.
1. Water pump
3. Washing Machine
4. Battery charger
5. USB Charger
6. Laptop computer
8. Lights (only a couple)
This puts me well under 2000 watts for everything except the water pump, with the refrigerator/freezer and washing machine being the only real power draws. My understanding is that the water pump could draw up to 4000 watts itself, during startup (most pumps are three wire 240 volts which I understand requires a step-up transformer and really cranks up the amps). So it looks like a either a 7500 – 10000 watt generator, or a couple of 4000 generators – in either case it looks like a $1000.00 – 1500.00 cost for basic generator(s).
So, really two questions:
First, is there anything that you would add to my list of items that you would consider “need to have”?
Second, is my basic understanding of the power required for a water pump correct, or am I off base on this?
I’m just trying to make sure that my list is still current and that I am not missing something that should be obvious, or maybe even not so obvious.