I'd love to have both, wall and geny. But which first? Because of my 6" frostline depth where I live, a one day scenario is not something I'm overly concerned about. I'm freaked about days of no power, with or without sub-freezing temps, or in a heat wave. And if there's snow, what happens to my solar panel output? I don't think a wall is the more reliable, robust solution. A generator seems like it could cover more possible scenarios, for much longer periods of time. Thoughts?
As a south florida person we are prepared for outages. Never cold related but hurricane related. So a combination of Covid and hurricane preparedness has me ready. Here is what we have.
Always at least two weeks of food, dry goods, and frozen. Even as a family of just two we have our main fridge, plus a fridge and separate freezer in the garage.
4 cases of bottled water for drinking. Remember to cycle through them, they do have a shelf life.
A Dual Fuel portable generator. I bought it from Lowes last year, they usually have a sale once a year for 20% off. It has 13Kw cranking, and I think about 10kw running. I think it ended up being about $1000. It will run the entire house without the air conditioners and can run one of the air conditioners when I turn other stuff off. Dual fuel is important because I can run it off individual propane tanks, or I also have a few 5 gallon gas cans. I also bought a little hand pump so I can siphon off fuel from the cars (never actually tested that theory it is supposed to be harder than it seems). I am also getting an extension hose to be able to connect the generator to the underground propane tank which will make all of this easier as well.
I had the electrician wire in a transfer switch so I can connect it can power the whole house. About $1000 to do.
Enough wine, vodka and bourbon to survive the zombie apocalypse.