How To Survive The Winter With No Heat
Many reading this may ask why would I need to know how to survive during the winter with no heat. But the sad reality is there have been massive power outages in the north throughout the winter. Even cities have been without power in some cases for weeks. Keep in mind even gas and oil furnaces need electricity to work. So even though it doesn't happen often it can and the best way to deal with it is to know how to live without heat.
Preparing For A Winter Power Outage
Long before winter approaches you can defend yourself against such bad circumstances by preparing yourself. Keep in mind even if your family can survive the cold your home may need protection. Things like water pipes can and will burst if they freeze. This can cause serious damage when water goes everywhere and then freezes again. You can purchase several different items that can help you.
- Generator - This can be stored in you garage throughout the summer and in the event of an outage used to power a few heaters. You will be paying a lot more than normal heating to run the generator as you have to use gas and run it constantly. But it does the job. Remember leave it outside, in an open garage, or open roofed porch and run an extension cord inside.
- Solar Panel Setup - Whether this a custom setup or newer solar panels built into your windows this can help. Keep in mind power is limited and during the night or stormy weather there will be no power from this method.
- Backup Power Supply - These devices are getting much better then they used to be and can hold enough power for 12 hours or more. So a power outage of several hours could be dealt with, however I would keep these as a back up to your backup.
- Wind Turbine Setup - These work very well to generate electricity but keep in mind they are dependent of the wind.
- Propane Heater - In the interests of using everything available you can purchase one of these indoor heaters. If you have a barbecue it's as simply as removing the take from it and attaching it to the heater in your home. Have the tank refilled as needed.
- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generator - As I advised in a previous article on this type of clean burning fuel cell is that it runs on hydrogen and creates water so no damage to the environment for anyone considering the ecological effects in this case.
- Sleeping Bags - Aside from ways to generate power purchase your family some heavy duty sleeping bags. Even in -40 degrees these will keep you warm.
- Candles - This is an easy one. If you have no power you will probably be using them anyway. A candle does generate more heat then you think in an enclosed area. Don't put several candles in each room though as it will get smoky and hard to breath.
If you have children it is important not to alarm them, continue on as you would possibly present it as an adventure. If you have a fire pit or campfire in your yard in the summer there is no reason why you can't in the winter. Get yourself some marshmallows and some wieners and cook them outside at the fire with them. Have some fun and deal with it in the best way you can.