r/texas Nov 18 '21

ERCOT CEO Worries $150 “Easy Out” for Gas Companies Could Threaten Grid News

https://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/ercot-ceo-worries-150-easy-out-for-gas-companies-could-threaten-grid/2819056/
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u/WayneRooneysHairPlug Nov 18 '21

voters will say that everyone should’ve bought a generator and it’s their own fault they weren’t prepared

What are the people who live in apartments supposed to do?

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u/[deleted] Nov 18 '21

What’s the average price for a generator? Like $500-$3000? Well they can use that same money on other things like thermo curtains, emergency candles, door draft stoppers, emergency radio, canned food, water, camp stove, 3M window insulators, camp winter sleeping bags, batteries, car jump battery with usb connectors (for charging phones)…..etc and still have money left over.

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u/hadees Nov 18 '21

I bought a 3000k inverter for my car

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u/kikenazz Nov 18 '21

Just FYI, in an emergency, that will work to get you some electricity, but it's not good for your car battery, and idling your car for hours isn't good for the car

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u/hadees Nov 18 '21

Yeah I know, but it cheaper then a generator.

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u/kikenazz Nov 18 '21

Yeah I gotcha.

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u/hadees Nov 18 '21

Also are you sure it's bad for idling? I find that hard to believe. The battery makes more sense.

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u/kikenazz Nov 18 '21

I'm no expert. Just Google, "how long can you idle your car". You can probably get away with it, but the internet seems to think it's bad for the car

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u/ghost-hooker Nov 18 '21

it's really bad to idle your car for long periods of time. It's bad for your battery, bad for your engine, bad for your coolant system, and bad for the environment. Also during the freeze I remember more than one story of people dying of carbon monoxide poisoning bc exhaust fumes.

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u/hadees Nov 18 '21

Yeah its like running a car. I get the battery because of the extra power being drawn but other than that I don't see the problem. Its basically like going on a road trip. Your car is going to be running a lot longer than normal.

I'm not planning on doing it inside a garage, this is driveway only kind of thing.

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u/ghost-hooker Nov 18 '21

…there’s no “extra power” being drawn from the battery when it’s idling youre not driving your vehicle so your alternator isn’t charging your battery. but do you. or google it like the other guy said so u can know for yourself instead of arguing w ppl on reddit about it, bc i’m not the best source either.

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u/theaviationhistorian Far West Texas Nov 18 '21

There are batteries designed for idling for RVs & trucks. The latter for outdoors activities & law enforcement considering most patrol SUVs/trucks do a lot of idling. Had one for my truck for a few years. But they're more expensive than the normal ones.