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#140267 - 07/18/08 03:01 PM Re: Power brown outs [Re: Blast]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 402
Loc: Somerset UK
Hi, new member here, though long term lurker.

Here in London UK, power failures are quite rare though they cause total chaos as no one is prepared.

At my workplace I keep battery lanterns and flashlights with batteries for a few days.
Have a UPS in the office/workshop with a large external battery, this allows 24 hours mormal use of broadband router, pc, desk lamp and desk fan.

At home near London I am off grid anyway (large PV and battery system) so would hardly notice the difference!

Although power cuts are rare, the prospect of a long term one is very worrying, it would not directly affect me that much, the lack of food, drinking water, public transport, and communications would be the worry.

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#140426 - 07/20/08 08:01 AM Re: Power brown outs [Re: adam2]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
In an extended power failure you are suddenly a very rich person - you have power, literally. How are the home defense plans shaping up? How do you intend to conceal your power wealth?

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#140432 - 07/20/08 10:23 AM Re: Power brown outs [Re: dweste]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 402
Loc: Somerset UK
Originally Posted By: dweste
In an extended power failure you are suddenly a very rich person - you have power, literally. How are the home defense plans shaping up? How do you intend to conceal your power wealth?


Home defense is pretty much illegal here, firearms are effectivly prohibited, and although crossbows and kitchen knives are allowed for now! heaven help anyone who uses such against an intruder.

I would hope to keep a very low profile, and not advertise my source of power, PV is at least silent unlike a generator.
I am equiped with blackout curtains, and home made storm shutters. In the long term though I would simply wait for either the return of normality, or until I judjed it safe to travel to friends or relatives in the countryside.

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#140444 - 07/20/08 01:24 PM Re: Power brown outs [Re: dweste]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Originally Posted By: dweste
In an extended power failure you are suddenly a very rich person - you have power, literally. How are the home defense plans shaping up? How do you intend to conceal your power wealth?




Good point, never gave that much thought.
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