July 21, 2005

The Price you Pay to live in Paradise

Ever wonder what Floridians do with their tax returns? Well this year, this Floridian is buying a generator and getting a separate generator electrical panel installed in her home.

Sounds fun, doesn't it?

I came home from vacation, saw we got a check from the government and said to my better half, 'I'll call the electrician tomorrow.'

So next Friday, my electrician is coming, bringing with him a catalogue on our options and we will sit with him and discuss what we can run on our yet to be bought generator next time we're out of power. There are some necessities... like... water.

I'm on well, so I need power to run my pump for water. That's the only real necessity. We'll add the refrigerator to the list and maybe the water heater.

Hot water is nice.

So that's what I'm doing next week. I'm hoping we got enough money back to have the panel installed AND buy a generator, but I'm OK if we finally just get the panel set.

The price you pay to live in Florida...

Posted by Boudicca at July 21, 2005 09:32 PM | TrackBack

You make me glad to shovel snow :-)

Posted by: Harvey at July 21, 2005 10:23 PM

Charge people when people come over when they realize you are the only one in the neighborhood that has electricity ;-) You should be able to pay for the boy's phd's

Posted by: Sissy at July 21, 2005 10:34 PM

Harv- Shoveling snow is not looking to bad to me right now.

Sissy- heh. You are right. By the time they get their PhDs is going to cost like 1/2 a mill. Sheesh! I think it cost my hubby like 25K.

Posted by: Bou at July 21, 2005 10:43 PM

Pain, I know - but damn, right now I'd pay that in a heart beat.

I really miss y'all!!!!

Posted by: Tammi at July 21, 2005 11:07 PM

I had an electrician over for something else recently. But he said they're as booked solid doing hookups for generators. He thinks every new house in Florida should be required to have that panel included.

My sister in Ocala was bitching that she couldn't sleep after last years' storms due to generator noise from the neighbors. I told her to make friends and sleep on their couch.

As for snow, the heat factor's been over 100 down here all week with 90-percent humidity. Shovel snow? I'd like to sleep in a snow cave to cool off.

Posted by: George at July 22, 2005 12:20 AM

If you have an electric stove, add that too. Or at least a plug outlet for the microwave :)

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 22, 2005 09:19 AM

Tammi- It's a peace of mind thing.

George- My guy is from Loxahatchee. He said he's booked solid this week, but can come out next Friday. I love this guy. Wow... I think I have more blog fodder on how I met him.

As for builder requirements, they'd find some way to cheap out. It's like the shutters are required and they all found the CHEAPEST POS shutters that met standards, to put on people's homes. So when the 'canes came, nobody had 3 days to try to do it. Complete horrible mess.

The generators are loud. That's a problem. I hear some are louder than others. Those big ass propane generators supposedly are horrific. I hear Wellington and Royal Palm Beach are banning them.

Caltechgirl- My Dad is running down a list of things we can pull on a generator. Microwave was on our list, but I have to look. It may pull too many amps.

Posted by: Bou at July 22, 2005 10:07 AM

Yes, because having to listen to a noisy generator is such an annoyance while you're shoveling up the rubble that used to be your roof.....

Posted by: Graumagus at July 22, 2005 12:24 PM

Gotta have the necessities, Bou. Water, sure. Fridge? Maybe (cans/dehydrates and water--you can make it)... and enough power to keep a laptop charged, a broadband modem up and running (assuming, of course, that the cable or DSL connection wasn't taken out by same storm. heh)

Priorities, Bou, priorities. Think of your blogpublic. We'll all be hanging on the edges of our seats wondering what's going on! Priorities!


Posted by: David at July 22, 2005 02:13 PM

I do not know if you ever get these storms in cool weather or not, but you might want to add your furnace fan in the mix also. Without the fan there is no heat. Here in the Soviet of Washington we can have some very severe wind storms during the winter and the falling trees always take out miles and miles of power lines. I added an generator to the house and I sized it to run the whole house, which in my case was a 10 Kw generator. Mine runsw on either Propan or Natural Gas. I did not want to store gasolene.

Posted by: DE 644 at July 22, 2005 03:07 PM

To what David said, we need to look into getting you an aircard so you don't have to depend on cable/dsl :-)

Posted by: Sissy at July 22, 2005 04:27 PM