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In the shadow of the fruit tree

Posted by laurie on November 2, 2011

That’s right, the only remaining snow in central New Jersey is on our picnic table. But my friend Courtney (Tootsie and Buttercup) still has no power, so I’m grateful for every kilowatt of available electricity. Did you know that solar panels are useless when covered with snow and/or during a power outage? Phillip threatens to shovel the roof the next time it snows.

5 Responses to “In the shadow of the fruit tree”

  1. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    It looks like spring has arrived in New Jersey (you wish!). I bet Stanley wishes that, too.

    We have a very long-handled steel shovel bought at Fleet Farm a couple of years ago that is made specifically for getting snow off the roof from the ground. I hope we don’t have to use it this winter!

  2. Linda UK said

    Thanks for that info, we’re having solar panels fitted shortly! I don’t know what Dylan will think of all the workmen/scaffolding/open gates etc though….

  3. Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

    Any way a Roof Rake would do the job of uncovering the panels?

  4. ChristyACB said

    I’m surprised they are useless with the power out. I would have thought that they would charge up the batteries. Or did you not install an inverter and batteries?

    If that were the case, I think I would look into some inverters and deep cycle marine batteries to power up a couple of outlets and some lighting at least.

    As a side note, after repeated outages due to hurricanes, nor’easters and such, I’m seriously considered a Generac whole house system of alternate power. Very pricey though. Anyone else got one they want to report on?

    Love the picture of the little meister there. Such a cutey patootie.

  5. Susan in DE said

    Is Stan ever in any other state than “high alert”? Even when he’s standing still he’s incredibly intense.

    We got snow, but not enough to cause issues, although our heater was acting up for no apparent reason. We are toying with the idea of getting some sort of generator for basic emergency power, but honestly, we’ve had more proplems in the summer with thunderstorms than in the winter with snow/ice.

    Solar isn’t an option for us. We’re on the north side of a hill completely surrounded by large trees, so it’s no dice.

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