In earlier survival challenges, we covered a few preliminary ideas to help you improve your ability to survive through water shortages and food shortages. Now we’re going to look at ways you can practice surviving without the power grid.

Most important appliances first

There are numerous alternative energy sources out there that don’t rely on the grid. For instance, our off-grid 600W Wind Turbine can give you enough power to run your most important appliances. As part of this challenge, you should find out how much electricity your most needed appliances consume, and from there you’ll be able to discern how much alternative energy you’ll need to live free of the grid. These most needed appliances can include heat sources, stoves, and refrigerators. Once you’ve figured out how much energy these appliances use on a regular basis, you can likely detach some of them from the grid and put them instead on your own personal renewable power sources.

Grid outage doesn’t have to mean “lights out”

Lights can be pretty important, and some newer light bulbs tend to use less electricity than the standard 60 watt bulb. By filling your house with energy-efficient bulbs, you’re one step closer to being able to survive on less electricity. This can, in turn, allow you to utilize your lights while powering your house with a lower-powered generator or wind turbine than would otherwise be required. It can certainly keep your lights on when everyone else’s power goes out.

What to measure

It’s important to measure how much your family consumes in a given month. The best way to do this is by taking all of the numbers above and measuring your average consumption based on three of your most heavily consuming months of the year. Remember, it’s always best to over-prepare than be caught under-prepared. Once you have this average, you can do the following:

  • Find ways to lower these numbers through conservation
  • Acquire renewable energy sources that will best meet your family’s needs

By doing the above, you should find yourself in a better position to live in a situation where the grid may not be available. These are but a few ways you can start being self-sufficient. Let us know in the comments and on social networks of other ways you’ve discovered!