So the next thought was: let's start flipping breakers on to see how much more the generator can support. All I can say is, the generator has been running in ECO mode for the past 42-plus-hours, sipping only ~3-4 gallons of fuel while my whole house is lit up like a Christmas tree.
It would be easier to list the few appliances we can't use than those we can, but I'd like to list them out to make a point. We currently have the following running (and 95% of it is in ECO mode):
- Oil boiler for heat/hot water
- Portable induction stove to heat up food/water/etc.
- Two laptops
- HP N40L MicroServer (still recording TV)
- Cable modem, wireless router and gigabit switch
- All lights and outlets are powered up
- Phone/battery chargers
- 63" Samsung plasma TV w/Yamaha receiver, wireless headset and Samsung Media Live MCE
- Keurig coffee maker (this one is the worst @ 1200watts when boiling water)
- Bathroom exhaust vents
- and many more...
Bottom line is that I'm really surprised that we have everything we need and even a many things we don't all functioning with so little power. Additionally, unless we're cooking, there's plenty of headroom to have all of the above running all at the same time.
In the past, my goal has been to possibly purchase a second Honda EU2000i Companion to link them and provide up to 4,000 watts of power (in addition to redundancy); but I've just never been able to justify the price tag of another unit given how rarely we lose power. Well, after doing a bit of testing with the Kill-A-Watt meter I'm very comfortable sticking with a single unit.