What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

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Hopefully, you’re only dealing with a temporary power outage if you wake up one morning and find your home is without any electricity. While it may not be a life or death situation, having to go without electricity for extended periods has its major inconveniences. To help make your situation more manageable, you’ll want to be stocked up on a number of different emergency items. These are emergency supplies that you need to have if the power goes out.

Power outages can have a variety of causes. The challenge may be with your electric company itself, though that seldom seems to be the problem. You more often experience outages as a result of a severe storm with related high winds, ice storms that put additional weight on local power transmission lines, or often when with an automobile accident where a vehicle plows into a power station or power pole supporting a transformer.

In the event of an emergency, what caused it isn’t your immediate concern, but how to deal with the next few hours or days without the ever-present electrical power you often take for granted. We’ll try to help you prepare now so you are best equipped to make it safely through with the least amount of disruption. I highly recommend this Bushnell Lantern/Flashlight (I have one next to my bed 24/7).

If you haven’t read, “Lights Out”, you really need to, it is not fiction, it is fact-based.

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

1. Non-Perishable Food Products and Liquids

Having an emergency supply of food in your pantry will be a godsend that your family can fall back on because you never know if your local grocery store will be open or not. You should have at least a one to two-week supply of both food and water. Consider having the following:

  • Canned fruits and veggies
  • Canned meats
  • Canned soups
  • Dried fruit
  • Protein bars
  • Nuts, Trail mix, beef jerky 
  • Bottled water
  • Gatorade/Powerade 

Power outages aren’t necessarily weather or specific climate-related. It could happen in either hot or cold weather. Either way, canned and properly packaged foods will last a while as you adjust to the loss of power. You’ll want to try and maintain a semblance of your normal routines as best as possible, and that includes meal preparation.

Being able to heat foods is important, especially if the temperature in your home is cold. Part of your preparedness plan is to have propane or butane cooking devices. Yes, you can cook many things on your BBQ, but it certainly isn’t the most efficient cooking device. Those trusty camp stoves or tabletop butane units are great to boil water, heating soups, warming up meats, and more. Plan to have enough fuel to last a week or longer. (See Item #4 Below)

Meals also require paper supplies and plastic utensils since the dishwasher won’t be working. Consider paper plates, paper towels, paper or plastic cups, and napkins. Depending on what you’re preparing, sharp knives, serving spoons, and other kitchen tools may not be as important.

When it comes to food, don’t forget infant formula, pet food, and food items for those special needs members of your family like those with allergies or the elderly.

2. Water Purification

If your power outage turns into something that lasts for a couple of weeks, you may eventually run out of your supply of bottled water. There’s also the chance that the tap water that comes from your kitchen sink may not be safe to drink. You’ll want to invest in a water filter system that removes any particles that may be in your drinking water. You could also buy Purification Tablets from Amazon or one of your local stores.

I’ve been writing for years about the critical role that water plays in our lives every day. We not only need it for proper hydration, but also to cook, clean our clothes, and perform minimal personal hygiene. I suggest 4 gallons per person per day to take care of these needs, so having some larger water storage containers should be considered.

Having unscented bleach to “treat” the water is one way to protect your family from bacteria, but using a water filter can prove to be an easier option. I like both Big Burkey and PortaWell products. Big Burkey filtering systems are less expensive but can take longer to filter the water. PortaWell filtration systems are more costly, but can filter a much higher volume of water.

3. Sleeping bags 

Getting a good night’s sleep without electricity during cold weather can be difficult to do unless you have enough good-quality sleeping bags for everyone. Look for a sleeping bag for each member of the family and ones that will deal with temperatures that you’ll find in the areas where you live.

It is also important to have extra blankets. Wrapping yourself or a loved one in a warm blanket can really change how you feel about things. You’ll need an extra change of clothes or more, particularly if you think you or others may get wet. Include some warm gloves, hats, socks, and other clothing items that could provide comfort and safety.

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All these things will make a real difference if you have to shelter-in-place for any extended period of time. In cold weather, the prevention of hypothermia is so important.

4. Camping Stove

If your kitchen stove and range run on electricity, you will need a Butane Stove or camping stove (must be used outdoors) so that your family can continue eating hot meals. Make sure that you also have enough propane for your barbecue as well. Years ago we decided to change to a natural gas stove. I enjoy the “instant-on” feature of the flame, the lower utility bill, and the convenience of cooking with gas since I know I can make the stovetop work without the electric ignition by using a match or lighter.

If you want to make bread, bake some casseroles, cook grilled cheese sandwiches, or make pancakes, you may want one of the Camp Chef Stoves/Ovens. If you decide to buy one, check the adaptors because some come with a small adaptor for small propane canisters. I opted to use the BBQ-size propane tanks so I had to purchase a large propane tank adaptor. You may not have to buy one, but it’s critical you know BEFORE you use the stove after a disaster. This one must be used outdoors.

5. Weather Radio

Your emergency situation may already be bad enough as it is. Don’t allow things to get worse by not having a NOAA weather radio on hand. Your local news will keep you posted and updated on any other possible threats that may be coming your way. Emergency Radio (this one can charge your cell phone as well).

This will also help you stay in touch with the outside world so that you don’t start feeling fear of the unknown. Be sure that you have plenty of batteries to use, or go with a weather radio that is a hand crank radio or runs on solar power.  

6. Car Cellphone Charger

Keep your cell phone charged by plugging your charger into your car. You can also purchase backup charging packs that work great. Being able to stay in touch with the outside world provides some comfort and confidence as you deal with the situation you find yourself in. Having communication capabilities is one of the basic items all families need as they plan their preparedness kits.

7. Baby Wipes 

Unless you’re trying to stay cool, you probably know just how unpleasant a cold shower can be. Baby wipes are a way that you can keep clean in between showers. The next time you go to Sam’s Club or Costco, pick up some extra boxes. If they dry out, you can refill them with water and they will still work.

I always have extra moist towelettes available. Having these for personal sanitation makes sense. I always have extra diapers, not for me, but to share with a neighbor who may have run out. I also keep extra feminine supplies / personal hygiene items since you never know when the emergency will affect my family or how long it may last.

I also keep hand sanitizer and mild soap products in my emergency kit. Washing hands is important whether we have power or not.

If the weather is bad enough to take out your power, it may be a result of very heavy winds. That may prompt you to keep extra masks in your house, and if they are classified as a dust mask, all the better.

Other things to consider are toothpaste, deodorant, and hair care products you may be short of right now. You may be living in a “close quarters” situation for a while, try to make it as pleasant as possible. Don’t forget toilet paper, we never seem to have enough.

8. Buckets

You may need a way to flush the toilet after the power has gone out if your local water district pumps don’t work. In case you missed this post, 29 Reasons To Save Buckets For Survival I also have written posts about portable toilets and clothes washing systems. Having multiple options for personal hygiene and sanitation also makes great sense. Your survival kit will include stuff you may not have thought about before.

9. Duct Tape

You may be scratching your head on this one, but duct tape has proven itself time and time again to be an effective tool for emergencies. It’s extremely versatile and durable and can be used to repair glass and temporarily mend clothing, etc.  You may need it to install plastic sheeting over your windows to keep cold winds out.  

10. Flashlights and Lanterns

Don’t be left feeling your way around in the dark without several flashlights strategically kept throughout your house. I have a bunch in my home, many I keep are solar units that are charged by the sunlight coming in my window. I love these solar flashlights! Lanterns and Flashlights

I really shy away from using candles in my home. They can come in handy when needed, but also pose a fire hazard I don’t want to risk dealing with.

11. Batteries

You will be needing batteries for more than just your flashlights. Make sure that you stock up on all different types of extra batteries, including C’s and D’s that light up lanterns and flashlights. Sam’s Club and Costco have the best price on these, as far as I know. Since you don’t know when the lights and appliances go out how long you might be dealing with the outage, having backup power for those items is a good move when putting together your disaster supplies kit.

12. Cardboard

Cardboard works as a great insulator. You can use it to cover your windows so that cold air doesn’t creep in. Although not too comfortable or convenient to install, they can also come in handy as mats on the floor since concrete can be pretty cold to walk and sleep on. Cardboard boxes are also fairly light, so they can come in handy if you need a portable container to move things from one room to another.

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13. Garbage Bags

Garbage bags aren’t just for taking out the trash. During an emergency, they can be used as a cover for a shelter, and also insulate your doors and windows. You may even need some heavy-duty garbage bags for body bags, I learned this in my C.E.R.T. certification class. Hopefully, we will never need to use them for covering bodies, but it’s a good idea to have some of those super-strong ones.

If the power is out for an extended period, trash may build up in your home or apartment. Bags can not only keep you organized, but also cut down on odor and the spread of germs, keep bugs away, and limit the spread of disease.

14. Manual Can Opener

Be sure to have a manual can opener set aside to handle your canned goods because most of them don’t come with an easy-open tab. Please stock more than one can opener, one is none and two is one, if your experience of them not always working is like mine. I’m not sure if I said that right, but you get the drift. Can Openers

15. First Aid Kit

It’s common for injuries to happen during an emergency. You will need a First Aid Kit that has bandages, dressings, disinfectant ointments, and a pain reliever like aspirin or Tylenol. If you don’t have time to put one together, the one above is brought to you by the Red Cross, which comes with an instruction booklet. In case you missed this post, First Aid Kits-What You Need To Survive

Be sure to also have some quality scissors, tweezers, gauze pads, a thermometer, and any prescriptions you or members of your family use on a consistent prescribed basis. I have some antibiotics and over-the-counter med products for upset stomach and other common challenges (see item #17 below). It wouldn’t hurt to also have a whistle in the kit, just in case you need to alert first responders where you are in your home.

16. Hand/Feet Warmers

Keep your hands and feet warm if the power goes out during the wintertime. You can pick them up at places like Walmart and Home Depot. You can also buy them online, Hand Warmers.

17. Prescription Medicine and OTC 

For those of you who take prescription medication, ask your doctor if you can have a week’s worth of your prescription that they might have on hand as patient “samples”. If you tell your doctor it’s for emergency purposes, this shouldn’t be an issue. I try to get my prescriptions filled in 90-day doses so I never run out. I’ve heard some doctors are willing to prescribe in one-year doses. It doesn’t hurt to ask. You should also have enough OTC pain relievers, stomach relief, and cold and flu medicine on hand. In case you missed this post, 35 OTC Medications You Should Store

18. Snacks

Having plenty of snacks tucked away will help your family’s mental state immensely during an emergency. For situations such as this, it’s okay to indulge your sweet or salty tooth a little, whether it’s cookies, chips, or chocolate that does it for you. 

19. Board Games

There are a lot fewer ways to entertain your family following a power outage. Teach your children some of your favorite board games that you enjoyed playing with your family when you were a young child. Having their favorite toys available is important too. They will be upset enough just having the power out, so having things that bring them joy is a necessary part of preparation.

20. Cash

The businesses in your area may not take debit or credit cards during this time, but they may be accepting cash. So it’s a good idea to keep a small stash of money somewhere safely hidden in your home. (Just don’t forget that you put it there.) Make sure you store ones, fives, and tens.

21. Gas-Powered Generator

If you can afford to do so, I’d recommend that you get yourself a generator. That way you can keep your lights, refrigerator, and a few other appliances functioning as normal. If you get a really high-powered one, you can even have it hooked up to where it keeps your furnace and AC unit working. Keep in mind that there are fuel storage issues, and you’ll need room outside your home for the installation.

22. Other Items to Consider

  • Important family documents – If you have to evacuate, you want to have handy things like insurance policies, bank account records, some medical records, personal identification, and contact lists of doctors, accountants, insurance agents, and others. Local maps may also come in handy if you have to evacuate.
  • A journal so you can document what you’ve been through, how you managed, and what you’d do differently next time. You’ll need a good quality pen or pencil. Having family members make notes, including your kids, will help them learn from the experience.
  • A leash, coat, and other supplies to make the experience as easy to deal with as possible by your dog or other pet.
  • A toolbox with any tools you feel may really come in handy during the outage. Include some plastic ties and rope or twine since you may need to tie things down so they don’t fly away.

What You Will Need If the Power Goes Out

Final Word

Candles and matches are other items that you could certainly use, but you have to be extra careful with them. This is why I’d recommend that you stick with flashlights or battery-powered lanterns, especially if you have children or pets. What are some other items that you think may be needed following a power outage? I’d love to hear from you. You need to think about this question right now and not later: What will you need if the power goes out? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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  1. Chemlights from Dollar Tree. Also bring in your solar sidewalk lights at night and place them strategically along the hallway to the bathroom or other important places.
    I’ve got a deep cycle with an inverter that runs the wife’s CPAT and a fan in the bedroom.
    One year I borrowed a portable AC and put it in the living room and hung a blanket over the doorway and ran it on a small generator. Just slept in the recliner which we do sometimes anyway.

    1. Hi Matt, I need to go check for those Chemlights at the Dollar Tree, thanks for the tip. I love the portable AC you used for the living room. The recliner is the best!! Great comment, Linda

      1. Just did my annual clean out of the storm shelter. My Kaito radio stopped working. It was a pretty old one so I remembered you had a link. I got the yellow be so it stands out in the debris in the aftermath should it ever happen.
        This new ones got a USB port which is nice.

  2. We have all of these except for the hand and foot warmers. I’ll have to get some of them soon. We also have a wood heater, but it’s not set up yet. We also have a couple of generators. One is dual powered. Gas and/or Propane.

    1. Hi Deborah, we only use hand warmers when the kids or grandkids go snowboarding or skiing. Some use them for hiking, they work great. In the desert, we need items to keep us cool more than warm. But I still like having a box available. Costco used to sell them up north but not here. You are lucky you have dual generators and a wood heater. I love it! Linda

      1. Yes Linda, I’m very lucky. We used to lose power quite often. We don’t very often now. We had a week of below freezing and lots of snow in February, but we never lost power. We did use our propane fireplace to keep warm. That way we didn’t use the power that everyone else needed.

  3. Install nightlights that automatically turn on brighter when the power goes out along halls and in the kitchen and bathroom. Most of them can also be used as a flashlight. Costco was selling a 3 pack of these – don’t know if they still do for $10. It’s made it nice to navigate the house without turning on a light if you get up in the night. I get back to sleep faster if my eyes haven’t been exposed to bright light. These are really nice to have on a regular basis.

    If you can afford it I highly recommend replacing old leaky windows with the newer triple pane. It has been a game changer at my house. The house is a lot more comfortable and our utility bills went down. I no longer use our gas fireplace to add heat to my bedroom which was a cold spot at night. Now when I read to cover windows with awful black garbage bags I don’t have to worry about doing that.

    1. Hi Kay, oh, triple pane windows are awesome! We had them once when we lived up north. They make a big difference in power bills. I have night lights everywhere throughout my house, I will check Costco the next time I go there. I love tips like this! Thank you, Linda

  4. Hi Linda, great items and food for thought. Just an FYI for people buying manual can openers. I know a lot of people that have bought manual can openers from the dollar stores and thought wow now I am good! Then I said, try to open something with it. Ha Ha, they were so dull that they wouldn’t open anything or it took them 3-4 tries to get the cans open. The point of this story is to buy something of quality not some cheap POS just to check it off the list.
    God Bless and stay safe…

  5. I was at my local Walmart the other day and saw a solar/ hand crank flashlight with built in radio. I already have a radio but figured hey why not buy this gadget anyway. It was originally $30. I got it on sale for $9. Stay blessed and prepared everyone!!

  6. I am ready! Bring on the power outage! Ready – yes; bring it on – no!
    I have a few of the hand warmers but, Linda, you know I am a big supporter of hot water bottles!! I can justify the use of my butane to heat water that goes in the bottle and is reusable! I will only use the disposable hand warmers IF and only IF, I start running out of my supply of butane for my one burner stove.

    I have several flashlights that take batteries and the batteries to power them. But, I purchased some of the Energizer Emergency flashlights – they are plugged in to the power and when the power goes out, they light up immediately (or when they are removed from the power).

    As for the radio, I have a radio that has multiple ways to charge it: power cord, solar, battery, and crank. It has a flashlight, strobe light, USB charging port as well as AM/FM and weather channels. It is put away or I would note the brand. It was not a cheap radio – I think it ran about $60 5 years ago. I also have 3 solar chargers for powering my cell phone along with a non-solar battery bank for the cell phone.

    You have always suggested having more than one can opener so I have 4 + different ways to open cans. As I do not have an electric can opener anyway, all of my ways are manual! Well, one is run on batteries as I had shoulder surgery a year ago and couldn’t use a regular manual can opener for a few months.

    1. Hi Leanne, I do not worry about you, you are one prepared woman! You are the one that reminded me about the water bottles, a genius idea! We all grew up using them, and somehow I shelved the idea until you reminded me about them!! Yay! Solar chargers are critical for times when we have zero power. Thank goodness there are so many choices. Linda

  7. better than a gas generator is a solar generator – with a gas generator, it’s only as good as long as you have fuel – a solar generator never runs out of fuel (tho’ it does nothing during the nite) – but the long term advantage of solar over gas is incomparable – and you can buy or make as many solar generators as you want/need and gang them for the capacity you wish

    and you can get batteries, old car batteries are adequate, even you tho’ they don’t last forever like gel cell batteries – they will get you thru an emergency with essential power – and you can upgrade your battery storage to whatever capacity you wish – but, remember, you usually don’t have the same nitetime need for power as you do daytime

    you can buy them commercially or watch DIY videos on youtube

    1. Hi Greg, I agree with you, Mark and I have not purchased a gas generator for this very reason. But, our winters are pretty mild. The food in the freezer will be BBQ’d for the neighbors. Life is good when you have more than one option. Linda

  8. that’s awesome! I love the hot water bottles! you can build a clear plexiglass box with a lid or door and put those bottles in it in a sunny window and get up over 100 degrees! and no butane!

    and like your solar cell charger, get some solar battery chargers with rechargeable batteries and you’ll have endless power!

  9. I was confused about the article regarding an emergency radio. In the picture you have a basic radio that covers different frequencies, but the link to amazon refers to a Kaito radio. Kaito radios along with most of the copy cat radio are worthless as they try to do too much with very little power. You don’t need a radio with a flash light, phone charger due to the fact that the solar charger on these radios are totally worthless, and the crank is a good idea, but it is also totally worthless. I really don’t feel like cranking on it for 5 minutes to get 1 minute of radio. Don’t go by the reviews as some of those are fake or are based on the fact that they were NEVER used in an emergency. It is better if you just got a basic battery powered AM/FM/Weather radio that uses rechargeable batteries. In fact, you can get hand held FRS/GMRS communications radios that you can tune to FM/Weather stations and more. Eliminating the need for a dedicated radio you described.

    1. Hi Larry, I appreciate your comment. I’ve been sent several emergency radios over the years to do reviews on. I sent them all back. I finally found the one in the picture off of eBay. It’s amazing but in all reality, we would all love a Ham radio license or at least some of us. Great tip, Linda

      1. Sorry, This was an after thought. The FRS radios do not require a license, just common courtesy. The FRS/GMRS radios require a license only if you use the GMRS frequencies. The GMRS license was $60 five years ago, renewable every five years. No testing. Some units have FM stations available to listen to. I personally have 4 of those radios for use in an emergency situation. One for FM/weather. One for GMRS emergency channels and two for personal use in our two cars in case of an evacuation. If, no when, problems happen a FRS/GMRS radio will be the only communications available. Most cell towers will on generators during an emergency and only have power/fuel for three days. Plan ahead and get a FRS/GMRS radio with rechargeable batteries/charger. Get an inverter (DC to AC) that can connect to your car battery, then you can plug your battery charger into the inverter to recharge the batteries, phone, etc.

    1. Hi Larry, let me get the link. I bought it off of eBay. Let me grab the ridiculous price one on Amazon. Most are used, I wanted NEW. They start at $69 and up to $174.00 I paid. $50 or so on eBay. Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/3cvYbaG

      Emergency radio is built to handle the elements, as well as a power outage
      Hand crank can be used to recharge the built-in battery
      Tunes AM/FM and 2 shortwave bands, including weather radio
      Tuning knob features a superimposed fine-tuning control knob
      Features a white LED emergency light

  10. My original hand held radio was a BaoFeng UV5A. I have since moved up to a newer, improved version. I bought them in a set of 5, sold 2 of them to neighbors and kept the other three. With these radios you need to remember that the amount of power (WATTS) determines how far you can transmit. Right now the maximum number of watts available in a hand held is 8 watts as determined by the FCC. Most, if not all of the hand held radios are made in China, but they are fairly good radios. You can also buy a larger extended life battery for them which adds to your run time on the air. When you get one it will have to be programmed for the frequencies you want FRS, GMRS, marine or all three, plus weather frequencies. There are Youtube videos on how to do that. The radios come with a small antenna that you can replace with a larger 14 inch whip antenna if you wish. Some kits come with a whip antenna. I would also recommend you get a magnetic mounted car antenna to help extend your range when you’re driving. Radio performance is always determined by the amount of interference in your area, such as trees, buildings, hills, etc. All hand held radios are “line-of-sight”.




      1. Of course. Nothing I’ve mentioned is restricted and most of the information is common knowledge among ham radio operators. I encourage more people to become familiar with their equipment and get the proper license from the FCC. There are some more very expensive radios on the market including those sold in retail stores. But for the money, being frugal myself, BaoFeng was in the right price range and performance, even after all of the modifications.

  11. Y’all check these out. Light bulbs that store power and will come on when the power goes out. We just discovered them


    1. Thanks, so much, Matt,
      Those sound so good that I just ordered a bunch for us and a couple of single ladies in the neighborhood that Pat and I try to help with preps since they are on a very limited budget. Our area often has power blips where the power clicks off anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. That’s why we have UPS devices on all of our electronics. These will be a great help with light for those instances. Have a great week, neighbor!

        1. Thanks, Linda,
          I will tell our two neighbor ladies about that trick. For Pat and I, we always have our Bushnell Lantern/flashlight combo units handy enough that we can easily get to them within 90 minutes. LOL! Have a great week!!

  12. Hi, Linda, the power company made all the lines trip really easy here, so a squirrel on the lines can trip a power outage. Needless to say, we are used to the power going out a lot! My comment to help people stay warm is to remember to have as much insulation below you as above. Like if you are all sleeping in one room to limit heating. Camping mattresses are great for softness, but as many blankets below as above will keep you warmer. Thanks for all your great info, stay safe and God bess!

  13. Linda, how’s this for irony. I was reading your article when our power went out. Fortunately, it was only off for ten minutes. I love Larry’s and Matt’s comments on radios and solar lights. My Kaito stopped working recently (12 years old) and I’m shopping for a better emergency radio. I’ll probably end up with a Baofeng. Jane and I have walkie talkies we use to keep in touch around the homestead or if we are taking two vehicles somewhere. I have a gas powered gennie and a homebuilt solar generator and am accumulating the parts for a better solar generator. The most expensive components are the batteries and inverters. The first solar generator I built is a portable that is too lightweight and our high winds can blow it over and damage it. That’s happened twice when I didn’t anchor it down well enough. So the second one will be permanently mounted–just like my whole home solar system is. The batteries to run my entire home will run about $10,000 so I haven’t made that purchase yet. And so far my existing generators have been adequate. But a long term outage would cause me to have to cut back power to just the kitchen, garage (where two or our freezers are) and the Master Bedroom (where my CPAP is). We’ve almost got enough saved up to get those batteries and the inverter and tie it to our existing system so we can go off grid but we’re not quite there yet.

    We have solar powered flashlights and lanterns as backups to our battery powered ones, but a few years ago I bought a pair of Nokero Solar powered light bulbs and they work great. They are more expensive than the ones Matt mentioned (I’ll have to get a few of those) but they have proven very reliable. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00410RC7O/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=rdw0a-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=849a055346fb108fe8e082bfe11e0d3e&creativeASIN=B00410RC7O

  14. Our island just had a power outage that lasted several hours due to a wind storm and I was comfortable throughout, even managed to bake some chocolate cupcakes on top of the woodstove using a roasting pan as an oven. I keep my emergency lanterns and other devices charged up and have a couple of old car boosters with USB port that I keep charged as well and can get several device charges from. The only problem is keeping the fridge and freezer going. Luckily this time it was only overnight and late into the next afternoon so stuff stayed frozen but another day or two would have been an issue. It’s not usually cold enough outside here to keep things frozen. I’m not keen on gas generators for several reasons, would like to get a solar generator but one capable of running a freezer is well outside my budget. I thought I might try to get hold of a 12V portable freezer that I could run with a solar generator and put the most expensive frozen stuff in it. At least the meat and fish. Need to do some more calculations first. My Eton Rover Red Cross radio is hand crank or USB chargeable and seems to run forever on a charge if you don’t start using the flashlight. I use a Biolite lighting system with various components, also have one of their stoves. (https)ca.bioliteenergy.com/products#lighting

    1. HI Alice, I wish I could get a generator, it’s not in my budget, and never will be. The cost of the generator would be more than what is in my freezer. It’s all about the numbers like you said. The calculations or numbers same thing. Thank you for the link. Linda

  15. We are experiencing unusually warm weather, so my husband looked into adding more insulation. With the increase in heat and electricity we are trying to figure out how to keep costs down, without freezing. Even without a power outage, staying warm is going to require effort.

    1. Hi Chris, I totally agree with you. If you are going to stay in your home I would add insulation. I had to push to get 55-something in my attic down in Southern Utah. The guy said it was more than what I needed it. I also purchased a solar attic fan to cool the attic. I then purchased sunscreens to keep the heat out of my house on certain windows. My utility bill was cut by about 30% in the first year. Then I purchased soar tubes to let light in without having to turn any lights on. The best purchase ever. Of course, then we sold a year later, oh well. Staying cool or warm is critical! Linda

  16. Linda, We have a sky light with a cylinder going thru the attic to the roof in out guest bath because there is no outside light. Is that the same as the solar tubes you are referring to??

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