Fishhawk Lake Full Time Living in Winter
After having lived in this community full time for over 11 years, one of the learning experiences that I can pass onto my buyers who want to live here full time, is to think about potential power outages and what you can prepare for when those do happen.
Because of storms, winds, trees falling, ice on powerlines, etc. there are any number of opportunities for you to lose power while you live here at Fishhawk Lake. One sure way to combat this in a matter of seconds upon losing power, is to set your entire home up on a generator system.
We've done this a few times and found that it behooved us to have our whole home connected to the generator instead of just part of it. We have the Generac 22KW which services our 1500 sq. ft home very nicely.
When (not if but WHEN!) we lose power, it takes all of about 15 seconds for the system to kick in and we go on living, not missing a beat! It runs off propane, so we installed a ridiculously large tank--1,000 gallons, but you don't have to go that large. We are set up to be able to be "off the grid" for days upon days with no worries. Many vacation properties at Fishhawk Lake have propane tanks in varying sizes, 250 gallons being common. That size is too small for having a generator powering up your full time home, so you will want to think larger.
We worked with a great company to create alternative power, Pacific Northwest Electric Inc.-John Ramirez-(503)657-1188 Ext. 1 who took the whole process start-to-finish under control with some coordination with my husband. That included working with an electrician and a certified propane plumber to set up the electric panel and put in the propane lines. We did this in early fall, and it just so happened that about 2 weeks after installation, we lost power and I was so thankful, because I was by myself!
It can be somewhat costly depending upon a variety of things: how much propane line has to be run, whether or not you have to put a foundation under the generator itself, if you need a separate electric panel, etc. It is definitely an added value to the improvement of your home if you should ever sell.
A generator has to be started regularly and this system is set it up so that it automatically starts by itself on Saturdays, weekly and runs for about 10 minutes. We don't have to worry about it!
Having propane is also an efficient alternative heat/power source. When you lose electricity (which happens more often here than in urban areas), you can still run a propane stove, propane range and have cooking as well as heat availability. It offers peace-of-mind and is more reasonable a cost than electricity through West Oregon Electric Cooperative, which is the highest priced electricity in the state.
This is just one of the many bits of guidance and information I can offer my buyers as the local expert, having lived here myself both as a weekender and a full timer. My Resource List has options for other improvements or repairs that my buyers might need after purchasing property at Fishhawk Lake--my way of paying it forward to good businesses who come out here.