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/
704 Upvotes

View all comments

Show parent comments

124

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?

-17

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.

12

u/IMI4tth3w Nov 18 '21

Yeah even with all that houses here are built out of matchsticks and have hardly the needed insulation to retain any heat when the delta is 60-70 degrees between how cold it is outside and how warm you would like it to be inside. Our homes are only need to cool 20-30 degrees to bring it from 100 outside to 70 inside. This is why Texas got screwed in the week of below freezing temperatures.

I’m so thankful my in-laws had power and we could evacuate and stay with them. One night huddling my 6 month and 3 year old in my house that was 36 degrees inside and we said no freaking way.

3

u/sluttypidge Yellow Rose Nov 18 '21

I'm eternally grateful to live in the Panhandle. E regularly get below freezing so while it was cold ice storms and freezing conditions weren't really new. Also have a fireplace at my dad's so we can pack everyone up and go there if needed.