There’s nothing that will halt your normal day-to-day life more than a power outage in the dead of winter.
An extended winter power outage is, for me at least, the stuff of nightmares.
Without power, you lose the primary way you heat your house, and, in most cases, you also lose your water supply.
Luckily, there are other ways to heat your house without using electricity. And, believe it or not, preparation is fairly simple.
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It’s important to stock up on the obvious things: plastic window sealers, lots and lots of blankets and quilts, insulating pipe wrap, batteries (lots of batteries), water, canned goods, board games, etc.
Once you’re in the clear as far as supplies go, here are four things you can do to heat your house and stay warmer this winter…
Wood stove or portable heater: If you don’t have one yet, it’s a good investment. You may be able to find a cheap, used one. It’s better than nothing. If you use either, just make sure you have proper ventilation in each room you’re using them in. Also, a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector wouldn’t hurt either.
Designate a warm room: In the event of a winter blackout, pick the smallest room in your home and cover the walls and windows in blankets, towels, curtains, space blankets… whatever you have. Keeping that room warm will be much easier than trying to heat your house in its entirety.
Pitch a tent or make a fort: A small tent or fort in your warm room will capture body heat and help you and your family stay warm.
Heat a room for pennies a day: If you don’t have a wood stove or portable heat, here’s an interesting option: With just a few tealights, a small metal bread pan, and two flower pots, you can heat a room for an entire day.
I plan on making one of these just to test it out. If you do it right, they actually look pretty cool.
More on how it works in future tips.
To learn how to make your own, check out this video: