Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Light and Heat a home without Electricity

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There are so many resources outside of our control that without warning your electricity and heat can just disappear. Being independent and capable of dealing with such a scenario for a few days at least can give you confidence and security and allow you to relax in the knowledge you’re okay no matter what.

We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help ensure that you have power and warmth should such a thing occur. So, let’s take a look at how to ensure this is the case.

Purchase a Generator

The first thing you need to do is to purchase a gas or diesel powered generator. These are a fantastic addition to a household and provide you with plenty of scope if something goes wrong. In addition, purchase some gasoline or diesel – depending on the device. This is useful should anything go wrong. At Nationalgeneratorhire we would suggest that if you intend on keeping the gas for a long time and have no other use, then add a gasoline stabiliser as it will only keep for a few months at a time.

Wood Stove

A wood stove or fireplace is a great thing to have too and are simple and efficient mechanisms that add comfort and allow you to burn a range of different fuel. They can be used to cook and heat water too. These should be placed in the room where the family spend the most time.

Matches are a Must



One thing you can never have too many of is matches and ensuring that you have both long and small matches is a necessity. So, stock up.

Candles

Candles are easy to use and great in a sudden emergency as you can simply grab hold of them and make easy use of them. It’s best to purchase some candle holders or storm lanterns as these will be useful should you need to go outside at night. The best candles to purchase are the 6-9 inch candles used in churches as they burn slowly and don’t drip too much wax.

Oil Lamps

These are also a wise investment and most garden stores and DIY shops tend to sell these lamps. There are all sorts of different sizes, though the railroad conductor lamp is used widely due to its reliability and the fact it can be carried around without much care. The wire handle is also good because it doesn’t cause problems for the frame.

Of course, when you stock up on oil lamps, be sure to stock up on plenty of paraffin oil or the sort of oil the particular lamp uses. Extra wicks are also a good shout and as with any of the above items, you’ll only miss them when you need them, so prepare.

As they say in boy scouts – ‘fail to prepare – prepare to fail. Preparation is pivotal to success in such a scenario and can significantly help you in times when things come to a head. These tips should help ensure that should things go wrong, you’re ready.


Chris O’Dowd is a UK writer and lover of sports and the great outdoors.

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