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Old 2007-04-16, 04:26 PM
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what sollutions are good for battery backup for the whole house? Any websites for reference? I was looking at a wind turbine with a 400W battery for about 600$ but it's kind of expensive and does not cover half of the required supply... any other ideeas?
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Old 2007-04-16, 04:35 PM
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For your whole house? That would be a lot of space and money.

In a commercial setting you would use a battery backup that will last long enough in order to crank up and start a generator.

For a house, it would be best to put a UPS battery backup on devices that are more sensitive to power fluctuations and outages such as computers.
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well, at the current location, I have battery backups on the important servers, I have one 1100W on the garage door opener... but still I have no coverage for fridge and freezer box... if power goes out in the summer, I usually run them off my car through a bulky power inverter for a couple of hours every now and then... I'm looking for something more automatic...
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Um, just where are you living that you would need to run your fridge on battery power for a couple of hours?

Your fridge should be just fine for several hours without being plugged in.


If you are serious about doing something like that, you would need some electrical engineering. You'd also need a bypass switch at your panel in order to swich power over to the backup.
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During a power outage, leave the fridge and freezer closed. Do not open them and they'll be fine for at least a day. Garage door opener, no need for a battery, just open the door manually (but I'll have a battery backup on mine since it was 50$ cheaper than the non battery ones, home depot had a big sale on them).
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Old 2007-04-17, 10:57 AM
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all nice if you can get inside the garage to pull the cord and disconnect the door... but if you have no access to the garage, you need a battery backup on the opener, otherwise you're stuck.
As for the fridge... I know a day is ok, but i'm thinking of situations like the blackout or the latest freezing where people were without power for more than 24 hours... it seems to be happening more often lately, so...
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all nice if you can get inside the garage to pull the cord and disconnect the door... but if you have no access to the garage, you need a battery backup on the opener, otherwise you're stuck.
Just get a quick release lock:
http://www.chamberlain-diy.com/diy04...==_399,00.html

You should definitely have that even though you have a backup battery.,
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that's interesting... I've heard of those before, I guess it's time to have a closer look. Thanks.
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all nice if you can get inside the garage to pull the cord and disconnect the door... but if you have no access to the garage, you need a battery backup on the opener, otherwise you're stuck.
No. You need an emergency release kit. $20. I won't even install your opener for you if you do not have one of these.

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As for the fridge... I know a day is ok, but i'm thinking of situations like the blackout or the latest freezing where people were without power for more than 24 hours... it seems to be happening more often lately, so...
So put the food outside where it's cold..
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Old 2007-04-17, 02:50 PM
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I'm sorry, i think someone must have either two left hands or a total lack of interest to call an installer for a garage door opener. It's that easy to put in.

As for putting the food outside, two small issues: racoons are going to have a reggae party, and, the last major blackout, it wasn't in the winter. It it's above 3 celsius, fridge-food is going bad. That's not such a big concern for Canada though, where summers falls on a thursday usually...
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