7 Tips To Survive Without Electricity

It is hard to imagine life without electricity for cooking, heating, entertainment, and work. An energy crisis would overtake our lifestyles, and there may be significant power outages in many parts of the world in the near future.

Anyone can endure a power outage for a day or two, but how can we survive a blackout of several days or weeks?

You never know what kind of situation or emergency might cause you to be without electricity for an extended time. Some people voluntarily choose to live without electricity and make it their way of life, but many are not ready to do so yet.

Whatever the cause of the power outage, measures need to be taken. The trick to living without electricity is to start preparing now so you won’t be unprepared later!

 1) Prepare Food Supplies

Start by making a list of the foods you will need in a power outage. Also consider, for example, whether you will be able to keep the food cold when making it, whether you will be able to cook it, and how you will prepare it.

It is beneficial to stock up on canned or prepared foods, especially if you use an induction stove in your kitchen. Prepare shelf-stable foods that do not need to be stored under special conditions, such as

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Honey
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tuna or canned fish
  • Beans

2) Consider Ways To Collect and Store Water

Whether the outage is temporary or permanent, it is essential to have water available. Buy a water bottle, fill a jug, or install a rainwater filter system if more practical. Storing water is vital for your own health and the people in your home.

3) Alternative Cooking Methods

Without electricity, cooking can suddenly become more difficult than usual. Grills and small gas stoves for camping are options. Gas ovens are also available, but both require a cylinder to use.

The best option is a wood stove with a flat top. In addition to heating, you can place a frying pan on it and use it for cooking. Important: Always use cast iron pans!

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4) Do What You Need To Do During the Day

Without electricity, there is no lighting, so things will not get done as soon as the sun goes down. Then, learn to plan what you need to do to make the most daylight. In other words, get up when the sun rises, and as soon as the sun sets, consider it a night.

5) Consider Lighting

If you live far from an urban area with no electricity, you may be in total darkness. We usually turn on the lights as soon as we enter a room, and this darkness can be unsettling if you are not used to it.

Lanterns and candles can provide light, but are a high fire hazard. Be especially careful in homes with children.

Other options include:

  • Candles
  • Light sticks
  • Oil lamps
  • Solar-powered lights.
  • Rechargeable torches

6) Consider Alternative Heat Sources

Living without electricity in the winter is difficult because there is no heat. Also, if you have children, you need at least a heating source.

You can help your family stay warm by:

  • Improving the insulation of your home.
  • Putting carpeting on the floor.
  • Looking for and close window vents.
  • Placing rags under doors.

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7) Prepare an Alternate Washroom

If the power is out for a short period, you may not need to go to the bathroom. If the power outage lasts longer, the pumps on the aqueduct that bring water to your home may stop working. Consider using buckets or camp toilets.

How do you create a bucket system? It’s simple: put a garbage bag in the bucket, and put some moss or sand on the bottom. Once you’re done, put some more moss or sand on it to cover the odors.

Do you have any other tips? Share it with us in the comments below!


Electrical Installation: Why Install A Lightning Arrester?

Lightning can cause damage not only to your home through your electrical and telecommunications installations but also to your electrical appliances. It is a protection material for surges of atmospheric origin caused by lightning. In this aspect, for your safety, that of your house, and your electrical appliances, the installation of a lightning arrester is essential.

People often tend to confuse the lightning arrester, also called surge protector and the lightning rod. However, these devices are different, and each has its own role. In addition to its function of protecting electrical installations and appliances, the lightning arrester can limit the duration and amplitude of the current. It is also used to prevent damage that can be caused by voltage imbalance

As for the lightning, the conductor is a device that protects the building by preventing lightning from falling or directing it directly to the ground. It prevents fire and damage to the structure of buildings.

Mandatory criteria for the installation of a lightning arrester


The mandatory nature of the installation of the lightning arrester depends on several parameters. These include the characteristics and power supply of the buildings as well as the lightning density. The installation of the lightning arrester must be carried out according to the regulations in force, in particular the standard NFC15-100 and the guide UTE C 15-443. According to the NF C 15-100 standard, the use of a lightning arrester is mandatory when the buildings are located less than 50 meters from a large metallic structure such as a lightning conductor and a GSM antenna. 

This is also the case for buildings that are powered by an overhead line. The installation of a lightning arrester is also mandatory for buildings that are located in areas frequently struck by lightning. This is the case in the south of France.

Lightning arrester installation techniques


The lightning arrester can be installed in two ways. If it is intended to protect your entire installation, it is placed inside the electrical panel with a differential circuit breaker and a divisional circuit breaker. The lightning arrester can also be installed individually through the use of power strips with a lightning arrester function. The price for this installation can go up to 700 dollars. 

For this, it is necessary to put it in contact with the most sensitive and expensive receivers, which must be protected like computers and data centers as well as the equipment connected to them. In this sense, the device must be plugged into a socket or power strip and connected to the electrical device.

Types of surge protectors


There are three types of surge protectors: type 1, type 2, and type 3. Type 1″ surge protectors have the ability to conduct a strong lightning current from the ground to a power distribution system. These arresters are placed in the electrical panel of buildings if they are equipped with a lightning conductor. 

Then there are the “type 2” lightning arresters which are also installed in the electrical panel. They can drain the lightning currents that cause high transient overvoltages on the power distribution network. Finally, as far as “type 3” arresters are concerned, their ability to discharge lightning current is very limited compared to the other two types of arresters mentioned above. 

They must be installed with “type 2” surge protectors to reduce surges on sensitive and critical devices and equipment effectively.

Therefore, for optimal protection of your building and your safety, contact the appropriate authorities, or a company that specialized in installing and maintaining lightning arresters. Thanks to their skills and expertise, you can benefit from an impeccable service.

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