@Max @Rcurl: Now that Southern Company has installed Smart Meters in most of the areas they serve they get almost instantaneous feedback as to which subscribers have lost power..
I'm in a small electric co-op, completely encircled by Georgia Power (A.K.A. Southern Company). They have made such good use of the smart meters that I can log onto the co-op's app on my smart phone and see my usage for each hour of the day.
@realjjj: Batteries for the entire home are starting to be viable.Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall is 5.5k $ (US not AUS) plus installation. Ofc coupled with solar would be best....
If I ever win the lottery, I'd love to have a small "retreat" in the country with it's own water supply, a big propane emergency generator backed up by a monster propane tank, solar and wind power, and a bunck of Tesla Powerwall batteries. That reminds me, I need to buy some tickets this weekend LOL
@David: ...so I'm assuming he has laptops. But keeping everything connected, even for a few minutes so you can do a graceful shutdown, is always good...
I was working with two laptops while I was at home. In my office I have my company laptop on my desk plugged into a base driving a big monitor and keyboard -- I also have my main tower driving three 28" monitors -- plus another laptop and big monitor on my desk treadmill.
It's a funny old world when you come to think about it LOL
@David: ...Well why don't you invest in a small UPS for the wireless router?...
To be honest, I'd simply never thought about it -- wee have cable, which comes into a small closet in the study, so that's where the wireless router is located -- also where the main phone base is located, now I come to think about it.
When we had the emergency generator installed, I made sure that this closet remained powered up -- I just wasn't thinking of the router having to re-boot.
So when I'm working at home, I set everything up in the dining room -- I also didn;t consider that room to be mission-critical when wee had the generator installed, hence the fact that the monitors went down, but the notepad computers I was using stayed up.
In my real office, I have a reasonably large UPS running my main tower and three 28" monitors -- this keeps everything running long enough for me to gracefully close everything down.
This weekend I'll get a small UPS sufficient to hold the router and phone base for a few minutes -- long enough for the generator to kick in.
Batteries for the entire home are starting to be viable.Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall is 5.5k $ (US not AUS) plus installation. Ofc coupled with solar would be best. Costs are still relatively high, especially installation costs for solar but there should be improvements as the market heats up.
Hello Elizabeth. Max said "(the computers stayed up due to their internal batteries)." so I'm assuming he has laptops. But keeping everything connected, even for a few minutes so you can do a graceful shutdown, is always good. A router is a very small load (usually +/- 10W or so) so will not put significant extra load on your UPS>
I've got a UPS to power the desktop computer. Maybe I should check that the router etc. are plugged in to it...
Of course, I don't have a generator so I'll need to turn everything off if the power is out for more thna a few minutes. The last time we had a power outage of any duration it was widespread enough that it's unlikely that my internet connection was up even if I had power.