How to keep warm when there is an emergency and you have no power
The tricky part about survival is it may happen when you least expect it. It is very much about how you can manage the use of the things around you if it is for a longer period than a couple of days. This list can serve as a point of reference and a good reminder of how much or how little you’ll get out of various tools and things you have. Here are some options:
1. Using a Generator
A generator is great and useful, and it may seem like it can be a high maintenance tool, which entirely depends on the brand and the size of the generator. But an inverter generator rated at 3000 watts could run most appliances for a decent amount of time.
2. Fires and homemade heat
Having multiple tools to start fires and just having a fireplace rather than a natural gas heater will be a must. Modern wood fire stoves that are meant for residential use. A wood-burning stove will be the best way to heat your home for heat no matter what.
3. Stay where there’s sunlight
When living in a mountainous region at high elevations, it’s typical to get snowed in every once in a while. When the sun does come out and reflects off the snow it creates a lot of light and if you have a lot of windows, then it could provide radiant heat from the light.
4. Wear warm clothes
This is a way to conserve your heat. Wearing layers and a beanie will keep you warm for a while. A good tip is to have hand warmers or feet warmers that could be in your pockets and shoes to help keep warm if passive warmth is all you can do for a time.
5 Seal potential window or door leaks
Sealing spots around windows and under the door is a good way to keep heat in your home. Even though your doors and windows may have weather stripping, they may have some weaknesses that could be enough to draw heat out.
6. Use space heaters
A space heater is a good addition to any other type of heat source and unlike a gas or propane heater, depending on the wattage, it could run on solar. They can range from fuel sources such as portable propane canisters to plug-in units that can run off 12-volt power.
7. Have Fire making Skills
This may seem like an easy skill, but, creating a bow drill and having it work takes time. You may have to deal with inclement weather and depend on your skills to save you (And yes, in some circumstances you may need to do this in your home). There may be slightly less pressure when using these skills in the comfort of your own home, but, skills must be practiced. And these skills can range from creating unconventional fire-starting implements, such as Vaseline-soaked cotton balls.
In Conclusion, there is probably something off this list that you could use to generate heat but the key is to have multiple options for heat. Have a passive way to stay warm and an active way to stay warm. You can move around to stay active and keep the mind busy, but don’t overexert yourself by doing a full-on workout. Remember, to conserve heat where you can.
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