We live in an age where our electric infrastructure is half a century past its prime. From freak storms to targeted terrorist attacks, we are never more than a minute away from an outage. Are you ready? Everyone has experienced some form, or level of, public utility outage, intentionally (living off-the-grid) or by accident (public utility outage). It's inevitable.
The quality of life after a long-term power outage or grid collapse depends on the choices made today. Take the opportunity and initiative, right now, to make life comfortable and worry-free or one of constant struggle to survive after the grid. Solutions are available, and there are people who can help. What is done after reviewing this page could determine the lifestyle of tomorrow.
Refilling propane tanks, instead of buying new ones or tank exchanges, will save money. Here are some links to help DIY:
How to Completely Refill a 1lb "disposable" Propane Bottle
Save $$$ Refill Propane Cylinders. It's Easy
Propane Refilling vs. Exchange*
Purchase Propane Tank Refill Adapter
* Exchange Exceptions: Propane tanks are, generally, certified (or recertified) for 10 years. There are [re]certification date(s) stamped in the metal collar around tank valve. When the latest date is expired, it's time to exchange the tank for a "newer" one. This is when an exchange service is a good thing instead of purchasing a new tank. An educated/savvy refilling person may deny refilling a tank because its certification has expired.
|There are things we can forego when public emergencies occur and things we cannot do without. Among the latter is fuel. So, when the usual local distributors have run dry, knowing how to create fuel can be an advantage. It's important understand that making your own fuel is not a savings. Producing a liter of homemade fuel will cost more than the gas station. So why would anyone want to make their own fuel? Two reasons: 1-The thrill of discovery and 2-Being ready in a survival situation (providing you already have the components and have tested the process(es) in advance). NOTE that making fuels in particular areas may be illegal and/or require licensing even for private use. While it's possible to make automobile fuel at home, there are some other options to consider. If one method doesn't work, others may provide better options when it is impossible to buy gasoline or other fuel types.|
|With few exceptions, the use of Solar, Wind, and Water (Hydro) to generate power requires several components, not the least of which are batteries. Batteries (marine or deep-cycle preferred) store the power, harvested from these resources, to power appliances. Generally, direct power (DC) from these natural sources is not enough to power appliances so power must be stored and/or converted. Refer to these DIY Power Setup Diagrams and links below that can be applied to any of these natural sources of power. If gas becomes scarce or unavailable, these will still be around:|