You don’t realize how much lighting and electricity you use until you don’t have it anymore.
While most of us probably don’t have the means (or time) to make our own solar/wind turbine power station like this guy in the video below.
There are still a number of things that you can do to have light and electricity during an emergency.
The good thing is that candles are inexpensive. However, they only last for a certain amount of time. If you need a quick solution, candles are a great alternative.
When purchasing flashlights, LED is probably the best route. LED flashlights are typically a little more expensive than other flashlights but they kick incandescent and fluorescent flashlight’s trash. Check out the comparison of for the different bulbs:
|Avg Life Span||50,000 hrs||1,200 hrs||8,000 hrs|
|Watts used||6-8 watts||60 watts||13-15 watts|
|Turns on instantly||Yes||Yes||No|
|Heat emitted||3.4 BTU/hr||85 BTU/hr||30 BTU/hr|
Some people wonder about keeping batteries in case their is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). If you feel the need, you can place your batteries in a container wrapped with tin foil and other EMP protective elements.
This is just part 1 of 2. Tune in later today for part 2, where we’ll discuss some innovative lighting techniques and generators.