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Thanks Wretha, once the initial shock wore off and I started thinking again, I realized it really was not much different than camping out. We live in a mobile park so the water is supplied from a well pump that is not powered by my utility service. First thing we did was round up my batteryless handcranking LED flashlights. While the power was still ON I made sure all my battery packs and such were fully charged. I don’t have solar panels as yet. Without a job they simply were not in our budget.
I know I can keep the computer going an hour a day with my existing equipment.
The biggest change is our reading habits. Both of us are night owls and we are used to reading for many hours after sunset. LED lights will help there. but have limitations. My old eyes object to the harsh spectrum emitted by most LED. Even an hours exposire causes eye strain.
While in towndoing our shopping we found a couple of useful non electric appliances at the good will store. One was a hand cranked bread dough mixer and the other a Mongolian hotpot. Only cost $1 each This latter can become either a slow cooker or a Oil fry fondue or stew pot depending on how much and how fast the wood or charcoal is burned. These charcoal burning hotpots are similar to a ‘rocket stove’ but made in cast bronze or aluminum or spun stainless steel. I found all three types illustrated by surfing the webs.
We obviously have to find someplace else before winter since this place does not have wood heat and a new wood heater legally installed to code would cost more than Hydro is demanding.
Meanwhile the hunt for non-electric energy conserving cooking appliances continues. I realize this sounds crazy because most people assume we would just cook with a wood fire or maybe propane. However even here energy conservation makes sense. You end up spending less time collecting fire wood or other natural fuels. You need less storage space and if you use wood gasification type stoves, you end up with a more complete clean burn.
Propane cost money and requires a long trip into town 50 miles away.
Every five years you have to throw away the tank and get a new one or pay to recertify the old one which normally cost as much as buying a new tank.