HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » I just got an automated c...

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:33 PM

 

I just got an automated call to prepare for the storm from my electric company CLP

It said if I rely on electricity for heat have a back up plan for heat.

27 replies, 1770 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 27 replies Author Time Post
Reply I just got an automated call to prepare for the storm from my electric company CLP (Original post)
glasshouses Jan 2015 OP
hollysmom Jan 2015 #1
alfie Jan 2015 #2
Sherman A1 Jan 2015 #3
glasshouses Jan 2015 #7
Sherman A1 Jan 2015 #9
cwydro Jan 2015 #4
chillfactor Jan 2015 #5
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #14
Siwsan Jan 2015 #6
glasshouses Jan 2015 #11
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #15
glasshouses Jan 2015 #19
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #21
Nay Jan 2015 #23
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #24
Nay Jan 2015 #25
Siwsan Jan 2015 #16
glasshouses Jan 2015 #20
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #22
sharp_stick Jan 2015 #8
Thor_MN Jan 2015 #10
glasshouses Jan 2015 #12
NutmegYankee Jan 2015 #13
benz380 Jan 2015 #17
CentralMass Jan 2015 #18
drm604 Jan 2015 #26
drm604 Jan 2015 #27

Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:38 PM

1. gives you a feeling of confidence!

unless you have fire, most furnaces require on electricity to kick off.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:39 PM

2. Stay safe and warm.

Hope you have a back up plan.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:40 PM

3. Ominous call to be sure.

If you have not prepared and I am certain you have done so. It is time to do so.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:43 PM

7. I'm okay

 

I pretty much have everything I need if the power goes out

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:47 PM

9. Very Good!

Be sure to stay that way. I have some extended family in the path of the storm and it is certainly concerning.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:42 PM

4. Yikes!

I sure hope everyone brings their critters in.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:43 PM

5. I have seen some on threads here mock this storm...

obviously idiots nowhere near the storms path..

do stay safe....hope you have an alternative plan or another place to go to keep warm

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to chillfactor (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:11 PM

14. I have not seen anyone mocking it yet.

Which is unusual for DU.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:43 PM

6. I had a generator hard-wired into the house, last year

After my week without power, during freezing cold, snowy weather, it seemed a good investment. What got me through that situation was having a fireplace and 2 nice feather down comforters to kept me warm enough.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Siwsan (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:04 PM

11. I had a transfer pannel switch put in my breaker box

 

It's not a stand by generator always wired into the home. I manually have to flip the switch and then plug the generator in.
I like it because I can pick and choose which breaker I want at a time.

My concern is gas if the power is out an extended length of time.
I have 4 cans filled plus the generator has a 10 gallon tank filled.

I should be fine but you just never know. During one storm we were out for 5 days
but it was summer time so it wasn't that big a deal. Winter is a different story

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:12 PM

15. Only run the generator for critical loads.

Start it, heat the house, chill the fridge, then shut down. Do that and 5 gallons will last days.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:28 PM

19. Yup my main concern will be heat and the fridge

 



My whole house is electric , oven , water heater and electric heat . The saving grace is a pellet stove
I installed a few years ago which saves me a ton of money with electric heat.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:35 PM

21. I'm half gas/electric

Gas furnace and water heater, electric stove and clothes dryer. I'd like to switch the stove out in the near future.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 11:55 PM

23. Unhappily, new gas stoves will not work in a power outage because they

have electric igniters that provide the spark -- if the electric thingies don't work, the gas won't flow.

I was pretty angry to find this out when a hurricane whipped through here and the power was out for 15 days...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Nay (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:11 AM

24. You can light them manually though.

Just leave a burning match near the burner.

On edit: It appears MAYTAG was actually that dumb. Wow! I'll be sure to NOT pick one of those models.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 11:30 AM

25. Mine's a Kenmore and it won't light, either. During the outage, I had a landline phone

and actually called Kenmore to ask how to get it to turn on without electricity -- nope, can't do it. The guy was apologetic, but damn, I sure wanted to eat hot food in my cold house in the middle of a frickin' blizzard!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:13 PM

16. I just have the basics connected to the generator

Furnace, sump pump, kitchen, den, where I have a fire place with an insert, and garage. I have a big freezer in the garage so it should be ok for a summer outage.

My house was SO cold, last year, that none of the food in the refrigerator/freezer, in the kitchen, spoiled.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Siwsan (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:30 PM

20. Wow , it's amazing how cold a house can become inside in a matter of hours

 

"My house was SO cold, last year, that none of the food in the refrigerator/freezer, in the kitchen, spoiled"

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Siwsan (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:37 PM

22. I installed a Generlink.

It gives me the ability to run any load I need within the capability of the generator. http://www.generlink.com

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 07:46 PM

8. Cl-P hasn't called us

at least not yet. We did OK two years ago but we're lucky enough to have underground lines near here. If a transformer goes though we're screwn'

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sharp_stick (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:02 PM

10. I suppose that's one way to stay warm...

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sharp_stick (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:05 PM

12. If I got one you're going to get one

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:10 PM

13. CL&P is calling everyone.

I and my friend both got calls.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:16 PM

17. Haven't called me. Probably cause I'm always late paying my bill. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 08:24 PM

18. Doh !

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 11:35 AM

26. What kind of backup heating plan can you possibly devise at this point?

I doubt you'd have much luck obtaining a kerosene heater and fuel at this point.

About all I can do is hope that I don't lose power.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to glasshouses (Original post)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 11:38 AM

27. Where are you located?

I'm near Philly and haven't received any calls. Maybe it's not expected to be so bad here.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread