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Jul 132013
 
An Emergency Low Capacity Power Supply for Your Regular Residence

We previously wrote a detailed four part series about storing electricity which assumed you wanted to live off-grid, long-term, and needed a high-capacity and very long-lived energy storage solution for such a scenario. That is of course a valid need, and there’s a lot of good information in that series about all aspects of storing electricity – when time allows, you should read it. ūüôā This article, however, is about one special type of energy […]

Jun 252013
 
Is a Tesla the Best Car for a Prepper?

One of the big problems we all have to consider is what sort of motorized transportation we can use in a Level 2/3 situation. The problem is that modern-day fuels – gasoline, diesel, liquid propane and compressed natural gas – are all vulnerable to disruptions in supply, processing and distribution such as would occur in any sort of emergency situation, and so we’ll largely be forced to rely on such stored fuel as we may […]

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 […]

Mar 042013
 
An Essential Tool if You Have Indoor Fires

So there you are, all hunkered down in your retreat.¬† The temperature is below freezing outside, but you’re happy and warm inside, both because your dwelling is ultra-insulated and also because you’ve a nice low-tech fire burning in the fireplace, providing a warm cheery¬†ambiance¬†and keeping you all nice and toasty. That’s a nice mental image, isn’t it.¬† And if you have an open fire in an open fireplace, you’re probably okay, but many people – […]

Mar 022013
 
Chinese Cyber-Terrorists Could Destroy Our Natural Gas Pipelines

Due to its current abundance and low-cost per unit of energy, the US is becoming increasingly dependent on natural gas. Already, 30% of all electricity comes from power stations burning natural gas.¬† Conversion programs to convert buses and trucks from diesel to natural gas are becoming increasingly popular due to the massive cost savings operators can quickly get from their investments.¬† And if you have gas to your residence, you know that the cost of […]

Jan 032013
 
Wind Power - Maybe Not as Good as Hoped?

One of the essential requirements of any retreat has to be some type of renewable energy source. As we’ve stated elsewhere on the site, the ultimate and paramount issue in any post-WTSHTF scenario is availability of energy.¬† Almost everything else in your life is or will be energy dependent – certainly shelter, definitely food, and maybe even water too.¬† Whether the energy comes from yourself (worst case scenario), from hoarded supplies of energy sources such […]

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