Modern society has grown used to having many conveniences that many take for granted. For example, no one really puts much thought into flipping a light switch – they simply expect it to work as it always has. But what happens when the power goes out, be it from a temporary blackout or a more permanent outage from an EMP event?
In a power-down situation, most of the conveniences people take for granted will be gone. No refrigeration to keep food safe, no lights, and no way to charge electronics. Unless, of course, backup energy options were established before the grid went down…
Thankfully, there are alternatives for providing yourself with power. You can go to the local hardware store and pick up a generator. However, if society collapses, fuel will become very limited quickly, not to mention the amount of noise it will produce, which could attract other people.
Solar power is always a great alternative, as the sun is likely to outlast humanity by a longshot. Solar energy is clean and efficient, providing you with plenty of power for whatever you may need. This option is less convenient as it’s not easy to set up, nor is it easy to maintain. On the flip side, there are no rules saying you cannot use your pathway lights, solar camping lights and decorative string lights as a way to brighten your domain if needed.
An option that may seem unethical at first is using humans to generate power. There are plenty of ways for a person to create power through cycling, cranking and other machines that harness magnets spinning around generating power. This option is not ideal for one person as you’ll burn too many calories. However, if you’ve got a group of unskilled people just taking up space in your compound, put them to work!
We rely on power for every aspect of our lives, including security for some. If you have a security system, it’s likely not going to work if there’s no power. Check out some SHTF perimeter alarms here so you can give yourself an upper hand after SHTF.
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