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Tips for Living Without Power During An Outage

Tips for Living Without Power During An Outage

It’s bound to happen sooner or later – disaster strikes and you find yourself living without power. Whether it was caused by a natural disaster or a city-wide power grid failure, short to long-term power outages are almost an inevitable part of life.

Life without power requires some adjustment, especially in our technology-driven world. However, just because the lights go out doesn’t mean you need to stay in the dark. Here are some measures you can take to live without power.

Tips for Living Without Power During An Outage


Loss of light is usually the first indicator that the power has gone out. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions for providing light in the case of a power outage:

  • Natural Light: Keep blinds and windows open during the day to allow natural light to pour in
  • Flashlights: Keep one flashlight per person in the house at all times, and three sets of batteries for each flashlight in your emergency kit.
  • Candles: Be sure to place them somewhere safe where they won’t be at risk of falling over and place a heatproof plate underneath to catch drippings.
  • Kerosene or Oil Lamps: Brighter than candles and offering a more steady light, oil lamps can last for hours. Two liters of oil per lamp should last you about a week, so keep extra oil (along with wicks and chimneys) on hand in case of power outage.


If you live in a city, the power outage may not immediately affect your water flow. However, loss of power comes with an increased chance of contaminated water, so obtaining clean water should be your primary concern. Hopefully you had enough warning of potential power outage to stock up on water jugs and to fill your bathtubs with water for cleaning.

If you find yourself without water during a power outage, make it a priority to collect as much water as you can. Try to put out buckets or jugs if it’s raining, or find a way to melt snow if you find yourself in a an ice storm. Just be sure to boil any water before consuming and treat with iodine tablets if you are able to. You could also purify water with 15 drops of plain, unscented bleach for every gallon or a ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide per gallon to eradicate bacteria for bathing and cleaning.


Take inventory of the dry, non-perishable food that you have on hand. Items like canned food, boxed macaroni, rice, beans and pasta are easy to store in case of emergency. Most canned food can be eaten cold, but if you need heat to cook you can use a gas grill, patio cooker or small turkey fryer.


In a short term power outage, you may be able to get by with only flushing solid waste and allowing liquids to wait until the power comes on, in order to reserve water. If you’re stuck without power longer than a day, other measures may need to be put into place. You can use grey water (rainwater) to flush the toilet, or use a camping toilet or bucket system.

Remember that power outages are almost never planned, so it pays to always be prepared. Practice your strategies of living without power so you can be comfortable when it comes time to put them to use. And rest easy knowing that people have lived without power for thousands of years – you can do this too!

This Is What You Need To Know To Buy A Generator

This Is What You Need To Know To Buy A Generator

Are you tired of being left in the dark during storms or worry about dealing with a power outage due to a natural disaster? If so, consider purchasing a backup power generator. You may have considered this before, but perhaps were overwhelmed with information and choices. We’ll help clear all that up for you.

This Is What You Need To Know To Buy A Generator

Size Of The Generator

Size does matter. If you are trying to power all or parts of your home during a power outage, you’ll need a generator wattage capacity that equals the load you’ll run in your home. Generator manufacturers have a wattage guide. Total up the wattage needed for all appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines, and particularly air conditioners. Also total wattage use for other devices, such as lamps and computers you want to power. You’ll need a generator wattage slightly higher than your max wattage total to run your home properly. Water heaters and air conditioners put a tremendous load on generators.


Safety Considerations With Generators

Many medical emergencies and even deaths comes from running generators improperly. The generator must be run outdoors, never indoors, and in a well-ventilated space to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. And the generator should be placed at least 10 feet away from the home.

Generators also create electrical hazards. Plug in proper three-pronged extension cords at all times, and keep cords away from puddles and pools.

Always do a test run of your generator, well in advance of when you think you’ll need to use the equipment. Start up generators regularly to ensure proper operation. You can add a gasoline stabilizer to the generator fuel tank to keep the gas from deteriorating over time while the generator is not in use.

Always allow a generator to shut down and cool off before refueling it or storing it in your garage or shed.

Portable or Built-In Generator

Permanent in-home generators run on natural gas or propane, tying in directly to your gas line. They’re much safer because they don’t run on gasoline, but they’re also much more costly and may be overkill if you only need a generator a couple of times a year. They are convenient, though. This type automatically powers up when your main power goes off. They require very little monitoring and are much quieter, so they’re ideal for areas with noise restrictions.

Most Americans have a small gas portable generator. If the power goes out, you take it outside and fire it up. These require the most monitoring.