I knew I should have been more careful when I wished for an extended power outage. Earlier this week we had a terrific wind storm that took out a lot of power lines. Our power went out at 10:00 am and didn't come back up until after I had gone to bed, sometime after 9:00pm. As before food and heat wasn't a problem but the sump pump being out was a problem.
The weather has been quite warm over the last couple of weeks. So warm, in fact, that our cellar sump pump runs several times a day. When the power went down, the sump pump couldn't work. Needless to say the water began rising. Now, we know this is a likely problem so all our storage shelves are off the floor but with enough rain, wind, and snow melt the cellar could easily become a swimming pool if the power goes off for much longer than it did this week.
We looked at several options but in the end we decided a generator would be a good choice. The generator will run the sump pump, and in the case of a truly long term power outage will let us keep the freezer running as well. Nothing will ruin my week like loosing several weeks worth of food because the freezer thawed out. If we do decided to build a new home off grid we will have to look at permanent alternative power sources to run the freezer; solar, wind, or both perhaps.