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  •  You can use a Prius for this, I've heard (1+ / 0-)
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    KenBee

    Apparently you can use the electric motor in a Prius to run like a generator in the scenario you describe. Plug it into your house system. You'd have to have gas to run the car of course, but it would be quieter than the gas generator.

    There are instructions online on how to do this...I'm not informed enough to try this or evaluate it but it does sound promising!

    I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

    by sillia on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:44:22 AM PDT

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    •  a friend of mine did this (2+ / 0-)
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      the key is to get a large scale UPS to run your house systems off of, then hook up the Prius output to the UPS input, with the essential systems in your house operating off the UPS.

      Priups info

      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

      by ARS on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:52:53 AM PDT

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