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    A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm | Yahoo! Green

    I found this interesting. Granted a generator would probably work better. He used his Prius and about 5 gallons of gas to power his house for 3 days.



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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    That's pretty smart.


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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    So... if you ran your own car on idle for 3 days, how much fuel would it use?



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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    I saw somewhere a Buick Lesabre uses about 1/8 of a gallon idiling for 10 minutes. I don't have any idea if that is typical. So I suspect you would run out of gas in most cars after a day.



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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    So you need to buy a $25k generator for a 3 day outage...maybe the 2010 Volt may have the same feature.


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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    So you need to buy a $25k generator for a 3 day outage...maybe the 2010 Volt may have the same feature.
    So, the Prius isn't just a heavy, overpriced economy car, it's a heavy, overpriced generator as well?

    An Echo got the same gas mileage as a Prius at $11,000. For the same money, you can get a darned nice car that gets just a couple mpg less and it's not a POS.


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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    Speaking of generators, how many here actually have their house wired to use one?

    I've had a transfer switch installed that will allow me to power my furnace, freezer, refrigerator, and my living room with my (non-prius) generator. This is a manual operation (I didn't spring for the auto transfer switch+generator), but it works well.



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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    So, the Prius isn't just a heavy, overpriced economy car, it's a heavy, overpriced generator as well?

    An Echo got the same gas mileage as a Prius at $11,000. For the same money, you can get a darned nice car that gets just a couple mpg less and it's not a POS.
    True, but I wouldn't be caught dead in an echo either


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    Re: A Prius can power your home in a snowstorm

    That can't be great for the engine. The drivetrain is obviously different than most other vehicles, but cars are built to move. Doesn't matter much when the safety/comfort of your family is depending on it, but I'm curious about whether 3 days of cycling would have any adverse effects.



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