Out here in the country, life revolves a little differently than it does in the city. We put hard, long hours into making our homestead a self sufficient haven for our families. Homestead Hints will be a series following things that we’ve learned over the last several years on how to make our homestead living a little better. Welcome to the Little Homestead on the Prairie…
I thought that Thursday’s Living Like Little House post opened up a good topic of discussion. Regardless of whether or not we want the progression that we are seeing, it’s still here. However, you and I both know how unreliable it can be. My electricity blinks on and off all the time, regardless of whether or not there is a storm. And when there is a storm it usually goes out and I have no idea how long it will take to come back on.
I know there are all kinds of machines and things that you can buy to help you be able to do things without electricity, I haven’t purchased any of them yet but I’m curious…have you? What kind of things do you do differently to prepare for the days when you may not have electricity? Or do you even worry about that?
We put a wood stove in our house last year to prepare for being without power in the winter. And it did happen. It was the middle of a horrible storm, it was something like -40F outside and the power went out. It was already fairly cold in the house because of the wind but when the power went out and we could still sit in front of what fireplace, I was so grateful. The power stayed off for hours and the house got very cold, but we had the fire to keep us warm. I was glad we had thought ahead and prepared for that time.
Another time was in the spring. It was raining so hard and something happened with the rain flooding around our electrical box. The power went out and I had no way to make food. It stayed off for a long time. This time I didn’t have to worry about keeping the house warm, just prepping food. Thankfully, I had prepared for this as well and I had food in my pantry that didn’t need to be cooked or warmed up, it was ready. And I was glad that I had prepared for that.
So I think preparing to have times without electricity doesn’t have to be a big deal. I don’t think you need fancy appliances or equipment. But I think it does make sense to be prepared for those times.
So let’s chat..what do you do to be prepared to go without electricity? What do you wish you did more of? What (if any) non-electric products do you recommend?