Thought I would share what I have for emergency power. We have a small family, live in a city, normal sized house. This is not meant to last for weeks without power, but rather days. A few times I have had to rely on the generator, but solar is only a small part of this. Ideally I would have more solar or some other form of renewable energy that could last us much longer. First, the generator: NorthStar Portable Generator — 2700 Surge Watts, 2400 Rated Watts (uses Honda GC160 engine) Owned almost 4 years (have seen reviews from people that have had the same model NorthStar for more than 12 years) Started with this because it is Light enough to carry (to put in a truck and take camping) and I only need to power a few things (see below). Use the generator for 40 minutes to and hour every 60 days to maintain it. It will power refrigerator and extra freezer. Also will power Internet routers and a couple of computers at the same time. I only need 800 to 1000 watts. Again, not meant to power the whole house, just keep things from thawing out in the fridge/freezer. Next generator I buy will have a L5-30R or L14-20R outlet, which seem to be the most popular receptacles on generators. We could use this to allow us to use the generator without running all the extra cords, if equipped with the correct transfer switch . [Transfer switch such as this one Reliance Controls 20216AK 20-Amp 6-Circuit Indoor Power Transfer Switch Kit w/ 25 Foot Cord when properly installed, will move 6 circuits from your home to the generator.] I keep some gas on hand, but no more than needed. Rotate the gas by using it in the car and obtaining fresh gasoline every 5-6 months. Again, next generator I buy will probably supply 4000-6000 watts, enough to power the fans/electrical on cooling system. Our HVAC uses a heatpump, so it uses AC and natural gas. Other items in use: I have focused on portable, since these could be used in an emergency situation, while camping, or thrown in the car/truck as needed to BO. NPower Portable Inverter — 750 Watts: can be used with a 12 volt battery to power two 120V AC items, such as an induction hotplate for cooking. KaliPAK 401- A Solar Generator/battery in a backpack. 12.8 lbs includes the 384 Wh, 26Ah battery pack with 4 USB ports and two 12volt ports. Bluetooth capable so that you can keep track of energy usage from an app on your phone. Purchased via Kickstarter and will arrive in late September. WakaWaka Base: Solar Generator/battery package which includes a 10 watt solar panel, 5000 mAh battery, and two rechargeable flashlights. Built to charge USB powered devices (charge up to 3 devices at once). Inergy "Lion"- Solar Generator/battery package which includes a 20 watt solar panel, 170Watt-hour battery, and 200 watt inverter in a 4 pound package. Two StrongVolt Solar:7 devices. Provides solar power to charge a single phone or iPad. Keep these in the car. Using what they call SunTrack technology, if the sun is behind the clouds, it will "reconnect" and continue to charge the phone after the sun is back out, which most solar chargers do not do. Also purchased on Kickstarter but these are available online from Walmart for $79. Various small 2400mAh to 13,000 mAh cell phone chargers. Cords, primarily for use with the generator. Southwire 100ft 15 Amp/10 AWG (10 gauge) extension, max 1875 watts 100ft 15 Amp/12 AWG extension, max 1875 watts (triple tap on end) 25ft 16 AWG extension, (13 Amps) About 30 ft, 14AWG extension BTW, see this thread Power outage Honda to the rescue | Survival Forums for some advice from KingFish on maintaining your generator. In a followup to this I will discuss generator safety. I had a neighbor in St. Louis who had his house burn down due to not following the rules. Please comment on the above. I know there is a lot of wisdom in the people that have been on this forum for year. I'm just a new Monkey.