Due to the aggression of the Russian Federation in 2022, Ukrainians in almost all regions suffer because of infrastructure destructions after the bombings. In particular, emergency power outages disrupt both business processes and complicate our normal daily life.
How to keep your home in a functional state, how to ensure at least minimal comfort during power outages? Let’s consider options for the emergency energy supply for a private house.
Regular gasoline generator
The price starts from UAH 10,000 for the smallest capacity of about 1 kW. A gasoline generator makes noise, absorbs much fuel. It щзукфеуі the same mode regardless of how much power you currently consume. It does not save fuel, even if you have connected a few devices and currently consume less than its nominal power. With a gasoline generator your freezer will not defrost, the automatic gas boiler for heating will work and the chandelier in the house will light up.
Inverter gasoline generator
It is about a third more expensive than a regular gasoline generator, but it is more flexible and able to reduce its power automatically if devices connected consume little. It makes much less noise and produces a higher quality electric current than a regular gasoline generator, which is important for modern gadgets and sensitive to voltage surges equipment. Standard inverter gasoline generators are sold with power in the range of 2 – 6.5 kW. It is quite enough to provide the main needs of the house during outages.
There are automatic inverter generators that start independently in case of significant voltage fluctuations in the power grid. And your critical home equipment works right away. In the same way, such an inverter generator will automatically return the mains power as soon as the voltage supply to the network is restored. The price, accordingly, is much higher.
These are semiconductor converters of solar ultraviolet rays into electrical energy. Environmentally friendly, although not cheap.
Homeowners who have previously installed solar panels for their home now have a significant advantage.
A solar station for several houses or for a cottage town usually goes under the “green tariff”. It provides autonomy, saves money and is environment friendly.
Companies installing solar equipment will help you calculate how many solar panels are needed to power a private house. But solar stations in our climate work effectively in April-September, but in December-February they are of little help, because there is not enough sun.
There are small solar panels for gadgets to charge. But they need the sun, they won’t charge your phone on a winter night.
Minimum capacity for charging gadgets
Since we currently value communication ability and the Internet more than our own comfort, we will also consider such minimal options. Uninterrupted Internet and a charged laptop it’s about earning, not about home comfort for those who work remotely.
It converts direct electric current into alternating current. The source of direct current can be an ordinary car battery. But a traction gel battery for electric motors, electric cars is better for this purpose.
Prices for a voltage inverter start from UAH 1000. depending on parameters, manufacturer, etc. It is mostly for use outside the home. You can light up the yard, but it is unlikely to create comfort in the house. Of course, it can be used to charge gadgets during power outages.
Lithium-ion battery charging station
It is quite expensive, mainly for business, for use in public places outdoors. Different models of charging stations can charge different numbers and different types of gadgets. There are solar charging stations (usually dual possibility: recharge from the sun or from the power grid). A portable charging station will provide you with light and charge gadgets outdoors and far from the home. Stations differ in battery capacity and power. Depending on the electrical devices to turn on, choose the capacity of the charging station.
Power Bank is a device for charging mobile gadgets (with 1 or with 2 USB connectors). Another name for a power bank is an external battery.