Last night we lost electricity for 10 hours due to a sleet storm. This is not that rare of an event anywhere in the US and I'd figure that everyone should be prepared to lose electricity for lengthy periods of time.
What amazes me is that, despite my fantasy of being an energy conservative, I'm pretty much grid-tied:
* Went to get my Cateye bike light and realized I hadn't charged either of the 2 sets of batteries I use.
* Couldn't get in the garage to get my 20 watt halogen headline and battery because I have an electric door opener
* Had to dig around for 15 minutes this morning looking for an AM radio that ran off batteries.
Fortunately, my wife had stashed from candles and flashlights, so it wasn't that unpleasant.
Today, I got up and unhooked the garage door opener. Since the garage is used mainly for bikes, we never use the remote and, without the motor attached, the door slides easily. The device seems like an energy sucker... .
Anyone have ideas for emergencies like this?