Hello- I have been pondering this project for some time. In event of tropical storms, hurricaines, etc we have power outages. Yes, a generator would be cheaper up front but when the power is out for days you can't always get fuel to run it nearby. I have a 17 cu ft refrigerator with top mount freezer and a 5 cubic foot chest freezer. The manuals do not give me any good information as to how many watts they draw. The do however tell me not to climb inside....... I am envisioning a couple panels feeding a battery maintainer, a bank of deep cycles, and an inverter robust enough to handle it all. Obviously, this would not be intended for indefinite use. I have good mechanical and fab/wiring skills, and a mudroom with laundry that is separated from the main house by an exterior door to place the equipment in. WHat I need to figure out is how many batteries, and what type of panels. I see sailboats with this stuff all the time, a small DC wind generator and some panels. If a rag bagger can do it why not a landlubber?