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May 052014
 
A Small Electricity Generator for Short Term Level 1 Power Outages

(You can see our definition of levels one, two and three type events here.  It is a useful categorization that provides structure to your problem analysis and preparation planning.) When some people – particularly preppers – start thinking about generators, they immediately think of enormous noisy diesel standby generators, in special generator sheds, and capable of providing tens of kilowatts of power for extended periods, drawing off multi-hundred gallon storage tanks.  Don’t get us wrong.  […]

Jul 292013
 
Coal - A Prepper's Friend or Foe?

It is only slightly an exaggeration to say that coal has fueled and been a significant enabler of much of the modern world’s development. But these days, ‘conventional wisdom’ denigrates coal as being dirty, environmentally unfriendly, and generally nasty.  The popular perception (which is completely wrong) is that the US (and possibly world-wide) coal industry is in terminal decline, because it is an obsolete and no longer effective/useful energy source. Is there actually any continued […]

Jul 292013
 
Practical Issues to Do With Using Coal

If the concept of coal as a fuel source appeals, you need to shift from the theory to the practicalities of what it will cost to buy the coal, how you will store it, and other related issues and considerations.  Our earlier article, ‘Coal – A Prepper’s Friend of Foe‘ looked at the overall issues to do with coal, this article looks at some further specific things to consider when evaluating coal. Where the Coal […]

Jun 042013
 
Storing Electricity Part 1 of 4

In our amazing modern life, we seldom pause to consider all the ‘behind the scenes’ miracles that are being worked for our benefit – all the things which could fail, might fail, and probably will fail in a Level 2/3 scenario. Of all these blessings that we take for granted, perhaps none is greater than the miracle of electricity.  For most of us, nearly all the time, we can plug anything into any wall socket […]

Jun 042013
 
Using Batteries to Store Electricity

This is the second part of a four-part article series about how to store electricity (better thought of as storing energy rather than electricity per se).  If you arrived directly here from a link or search engine, you might wish to start from the first part of the series here, then read on sequentially through this article and the balance of the series. Lead-acid batteries use a technology that has been around since the mid […]

Jun 042013
 
Other Energy Storage Methods

This is the third part of a four-part article series about how to store electricity (better thought of as storing energy rather than electricity per se).  If you arrived directly here from a link or search engine, you might wish to start from the first part of the series here, then read on sequentially through the balance of the series. Flowing Water Uphill and Other Gravitational Energy Stores Another interesting approach to storing electricity is […]

Jun 042013
 
Strategies to Reduce Your Need to Store Electricity

This is the final part of a four-part article series about how to store electricity (better thought of as storing energy rather than electricity per se).  If you arrived directly here from a link or search engine, you might wish to start from the first part of the series here, then read on sequentially through the balance of the series. A Different Sort of Energy Storage – Time-shifting Electricity Demand Storing electricity is usually both […]

Dec 262012
 
The Complicated Cost of Energy in a Level 2/3 Situation

The ‘comfort’ level – some might say, the degree of advancement – of a civilization or life style can be closely approximated to its energy usage. There’s a reason that we in the US are among the world’s largest consumers of energy, and it’s not that we’re wasteful.  It is because we enjoy a lifestyle that is generally better than most other nations around the world.  Just about anything and everything you do involves consuming […]

May 102012
 
Liquid Fuels - Which Ones to Store, How to Maximize their Storage Life

Some preppers have truly impressive fuel dumps, with literally thousands of gallons of gasoline stored at their retreat, representing a multi-year supply, assuming they are using it regularly. Ooops – that may be an incorrect assumption to make.  If they’re not living in their retreat full-time, their stored fuel is probably just sitting there from one month and year to the next. What’s more, if they do occasionally take some fuel out for general consumption, […]

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