Very glad you wrote about inverters/generators, Helen!
Excellent…I needed to look up as much info as can be crammed into an
odd hour or two.
The best resource for me, is almost always YouTube vids, made by people who may have only basic info, to begin, but discover all necessary details in the process of installing/ making errors, of their own. They come in every level, from disastrous/hopeless to pro.
Inverter generators are the later breed of e- power producers …after those colossal stinky noisy machines every serious DIY person used to own.
I thought I might get one of the giants, one day, as no one is near enough to be disturbed, but they all need fuel, essence or gas, or maybe SOLAR power, and because most things I own get paint or turps, all over them, nothing inflammable, is a good idea. I need know a bit more about solar power before doing anything with that… But I’ve downloaded a good e-book now, and will begin basic tests, quite soon. Inverters are better for the kind of power you need for electronics.
Charging phones/bikes/e-kit of all kinds etc.
I know a pop view of motor homing and camping, in Japan, is “paying an enormous amount of money, to live like a homeless person”, but in America, necessary total comfort, that includes every kind of home gadget from tellies to air conditioners and toasters, makes a USA family with a big motorhome, a likely source of useful info. Without being very entertaining, they can still teach beginners a lot.
Two vids I thought informative, were these two people… https://youtu.be/VqReiF8i7h4. … (easy level)
And this guy,
who should quit whatever his day job, is, and become a teacher for dummies, of everything about
" power resources for motor homes (and any “tiny house” in my opinion)…
He uses big Solar Power and bottled gas with an inverter generator, plus all bits.
Meanwhile, my own, very best ways to reduce coldest weather heating costs is
- Occupy only small, very well insulated spaces, using small oil filled, radiator.
2…All work I do at an easel/sitting anywhere, I use an electric blanket, very cheap to run with masses of heat.
- Cover all doorways with insulating blanket. (Cat).
Very interesting (for me!)