Things not working so well in the deep freeze

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2 I have heard
touch less kitchen sink faucet froze because you can’t set it to drip

lady asks on next door,…I have an electric car, how is everyone else charging theirs?

on the reverse side …saw a pic of a radiant heat source created by turning a terra cotta pot upside down elevated by bricks and candles underneath…I sent to my stepdaughter who has no heat in college station and she said it works well for heating a room

Was sure this was a viagra discussion thread.


lol. should have answered ‘with wind energy’.

Shhh, don’t tell OldtimeCoog that gas pumps are also electric powered.



That is why I filled both my cars before the freeze hit.

My mistake was not filling up a gas can for the generator. Only had a gallon and a half on hand. Was able to go out and secure 7 gallons which was more than ample.

Of course, my wife, upon learning I was going out in search for gas, said “stop by Starbucks and bring me a latte”.



Electric car owner charge up at home, so they should have had full charges before the outage hit. Some can go 350 miles per charge. Plenty to survive a week without power.

Except mileage goes down significantly if you turn on the heater

They have a heat pump in the Y but not sure what that does to the mileage

So knock 10% off the range. What’s that 30 miles?

That’s why they have heated seats, they’re more efficient.

Got my sprinkler system fixed yesterday.

Everything is back to normal now.

I need to do a better job of draining and winterizing that thing next year!


Tesla’s lose 60 miles of range when the heater is used. Doesn’t include HVAC which, I imagine, is needed to defog the windshield.

I wouldnt be joy riding around in a semi-rare winter storm when roads are treacherous, electricity is out, and water is an issue. I go in hunker down mode. If I had a Tesla, I’d consider it as my emergency warmer in the garage without the fear of carbon monoxide poisoning and cell phone charger of last resort.

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My electricity provider VoltEP just went belly up. Transferred my account to Ampra which says will honor my contract which, fortunately, runs through Feb 2022.

VoltEP was one of the companies with big bills that Channel 2 showed

By my count, that’s at least 3 that have went belly up now. I’m curious from
a legal stand point, how all this will play out. Does the legal mumbo-jumbo
about an “act of God” ( sorry that’s best I can summarize on legal stuff) come into
play here at all in the ERCOT agreements?

Has anybody on here been hit with any super high electric bills ? Is there any
legal defense an end user residential customer can take here, besides declaring
bankruptcy themselves ?

I’ve been fortunate, as I’ve gotten low electric bills from reliant and txu during
this event. I think that’s a result of the fixed plan I choose from them , but not
really sure.

Here’s the list of electric companies with problems

Green Mountain didn’t pass any extra charges on to me. I do have a fixed plan, but I heard some companies are still adding on extra charges to make up for what they lost.

Still feel sorry for Griddy. They had a good business model and if Texas didn’t have a screwed up energy grid nothing crazy like this would have ever happened. People who got on Griddy should know they have to follow the rates like its the stock market. I almost signed up with them but didn’t want the extra work of following rates and looking out for a spike.

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