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N.J. man used Toyota Prius as power source during hurricane

HOTtopic041212_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Thanks to overpowering winds lashed out by Hurricane Sandy, trees were crashing to the ground at a rapid rate and along with their branches came countless telephone poles and downed wires. In the end, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents were left in the dark – literally – and some still are living their lives without electricity or heat.

And in spite of the super storm and her mass destruction, Paramus resident, Bob Sakala had an ingenious idea for his family: instead of seeking warmth in his Toyota Prius he was going to power his house with it.

Sakala, who purchased his Prius Hybrid back in the summer to save money on gas, told NBC New York, that for the last week he has powered his home, including light, laptops and a television on three quarters of a tank of gas. Years ago the Paramus native read about the how the Prius could be used as a power source and thought this moment was a better time than any to give it a try.

According to NBC New York, Sakala was able to power a few lights, as well as his laptop and modem with a 100 watt power inverter some heavy extension cords. Later on, he switched to a 300 watt inverter in order to power more lights. Power was finally restored to his block on Thursday.

Another instance of this creativity occurred in Massachusetts when native John Sweeney found himself in the thick of an ice storm. According to an article online by the Learning Channel (TLC), Sweeney’s house would have been without power for days, had he not done the only sensible thing. He rigged up his Prius to power his home and appliances, so he could wait out the storm in comfort.

 

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