We made the decision to have these animals as exotic pets it is our responsibility to protect their lives in case there is a long-term power outage. Normally, we would have under tank heaters, basking lights, and full spectrum lights to make sure they get their daily vitamin D they so essentially need, and to keep them warm. Without this heat they wonít eat, and if they did eat they would not be able to digest their food.
Many of our exotic pets are warm-blooded species this is known as endotherms. Many species of Endotherms cannot stand exposure to too much heat or too cold an environment. Either way many of these animals can die. Look at parrots, ferrets, and a huge number of exotic pets that will need emergency power for heat or air conditioning.
We also have freezers full of expensive food. Refrigerators without power are not much good to the food we depend on. If a town or city should have a significant power outage, there isnít much left in the stores, especially food for exotic pets.
If you have children you will need an emergency power source. I have my grandchildren and my elderly mother-in-law living with me. Neither of them could survive a North Dakota winter if the power should fail. My mother-in-law also depends on power for medical equipment, as do I.
We had a huge ice storm a few years back. The electrical, phone, wires, and trees were over laden with weight from a significant amount of ice. There was wind, the accumulation of these disasters knocked out the electricity for several days. Thankfully, we have backup power sources; and a couple of propane heaters.
First we had to determine how large of a generator we needed. We have two furnaces in our historical (old) big (huge cow) home (big huge cow). We would also have to keep several ectotherms warm. We have a freezer and two refrigerators. How do we determine how much wattage we will need from a generator?
Manufacturersí have charts to help you determine watts and running watts. Getting something started and keeping it going are two different things. It takes a lot of power to start a furnace or an air conditioner. Less wattage is needed to keep them running. Write a list of what you need to run in terms of appliances to keep you, your children, and your pets safe.
There are different types of fuel used by different types of generators. Those would be gas, natural gas, propane, and diesel. You must know that all generators must be outside. You can die of carbon monoxide poisoning if you have one of these generators running inside your house. You can build a little hut over them to keep them weather safe. Many have covers you can purchase along with the generator. You must store the fuel in a safe place.
If you donít have a carbon monoxide detector you should. My son died at age 15 of carbon monoxide poisoning. I will never be without one again. Before you buy a generator, make sure you buy a carbon monoxide detector as well. If you donít buy a generator, get a carbon monoxide detector anyway. You can purchase one at Walmart or any hardware store. Here is an example. First Alert CO615 Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup and Digital Display
You can have stationary units wired into your house so that it automatically starts when the electricity goes off. These will also start on their own around once a week to lubricate its seals and to charge the battery. These are around 8000 watts. You have an automatic transfer switch from the stationary unit on outside of the house. You may need an electrician to wire this up for you.
Some generators have battery powered start features. Forget the old pull cord startup. Most of these units have one 240 volt outlet and four 120 volt outlets. You will need an electrician to wire a bypass to appliances you deem as critical for your exotic petís survival, as well as your children and yourself.
Other generators can do the job as well. (Non stationary not wired in by electrician) You will have to start them, and have predetermined cords, like to the refrigerator, freezer, air, lights, or heat. (All generators have to be outside!) When the power fails quickly plug the generator up to your cords you have already setĖup ready to go, and start the generator.
Stay clear of Coleman generators they went bankrupt.
Click the link to do a comparison between different fuels that power generators; gasoline, diesel, and propane. There is a significant price difference between generators and the different fuels. Diesel is twice the price of gasoline for the same wattage. Compare safety differences
Natural gas, also propane are the safest generators, however, they can still kill you if they are not outside.
Generac is a highly recommended name. This is an example of a stationary unit that starts up automatically and within seconds of a power outage. These babies go to 25,000 watts along with a price to go with it; however, none of us is going to power the Whitehouse this year.
Generac Guardian Series 5501 8,000 Watt Air-Cooled Propane/Natural Gas Powered Home Automatic Standby Generator with Steel Enclosure (CARB Compliant.) This is the best and safest though very expensive $1,929.99. That is a lot of money if you are looking for short-term power.
Here is my recommendation for short term power generation.
Generac 5622 GP5000 6,250 Watt 389cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Generator
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