Our power went out Thursday about 6PM. That took out the power and water.
We moved in here the day before Thanksgiving. Because of all the delays in closing and having to stay in a motel for two months, instead of having some surplus cash, we were in the hole.
The house had
a wood stove, but it was non EPA compliant, so it had to be removed before we moved in. The plan was/is to buy a new one about mid January when we can budget for it. So, when the power went out, we lost our electric heat.
When the power went out, we also lost our well pump. We have spring fed water to a holding tank. However a pump moves the water from the tank to the house.
I went to town and bought a "Big Buddy" propane heater and a bunch of small propane tanks. We've gone through about twenty of them at $3.00 to $4.50 apiece. We turn it off when we go to bed.
I had a bunch of them and kerosene stored as well, but the movers wouldn't transport them, so they're at my buddy's house in Sacramento in his garage. He was going to come up a week or two after we moved in, but the two month delay screwed that up. So instead of at least having fuel on hand I had to buy it. With the storm we had, it was scarce and took two trips to town to overpay for the stuff.
BTW, the heater is completely inadequate for heating a large room and must be considered a space heater for a small space.
Thankfully I had my propane Coleman stove, so at least we could heat water. Of course, we had to buy water as well.
I have two 55gal. water barrels and they're buried in the shop with a bunch of other stuff. So tomorrow I'll get them out and fill them for standby. I also had cases and cases of bottled water at the old place but was advised by the mover that it wasn't cost effective to pay to move them, so I gave it all away and hadn't replaced it yet .
I'm not sure, but I think the pump is frozen since the light we kept on in the pump house has been off for over three days. I just don't feel like doing that in the dark and snow right now. I'll check it out in the morning and then fire up the propane heater to thaw things out.
On a positive note, I had hot coffee whenever I wanted it and we were able to heat and cook meals.
This has been very hard on Amanda. She's not used to roughing it in many ways. She's asleep right now under a pile of blankets and a down comforter.
I just heard an explosion and I think a transformer blew. So the power may go out again.
I need to get the wood stove in and set up and although I don't want the expense, it looks like I'll be shopping for a deal on a generator. I'll also be looking for an alternative to back up the well pump.
We have a pretty large creek right outside the door and I want to see about building a water wheel to generate electricity. If I can do that, it would eliminate the need for a generator.
I'm going to close this just in case the power goes again. I'll add more as I think of it, but that's pretty much it in a nutshell.