Toyota Prius in Snow

No Power, No Problem: Power Your Home with Your Prius

Toyota Prius in Snow
When the weather took a turn for the worse, one ingenius man decided to use his Prius to power his house.

What do you do when your house loses electricity? Do you hunker down and get your wood-fire place going, buddle up under some blankets, or go to your friend or family member’s house until your power comes back on?  None of these solutions were good enough for one man, Bob Osemlak, who decided he wasn’t going to let a little weather and the loss of power stop him.  He decided to find a way to keep his power working.

Osemlak lives in Thornhill, Ontario, an area which lost power for about a day on December 21st of 2013. Osemlak, a 30-year Canadian Air Force aircraft technician veteran, decided to use his Prius for back-up power.


Osemlak planned for the power outage by first installing an outlet on his furnace. Once the storm hit and he did lose power, he connected a cord from his basement to his Prius. He used his car as his back-up power source for 9-hours and only lost about a gallon of gas.

For safety reasons, Osemlak urges others to not try to duplicate his experiment and power your home with your Prius, but for him, the Toyota Prius’ battery back gets two thumbs up.

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