How to Live Without Electricity

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When most people enter a dark room, they reach for the light switch automatically. It's second nature. A 1-year-old can figure out (and totally enjoy) how to switch lights on and off. But in this age of going green and preserving our natural resources, anyone can learn to live without electricity. It takes some getting used to, but you might find that, after awhile, you don’t even reach for the light switch any longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure lamp
  • Kerosene stove and oven
  • Generator
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Wood
  • iPod with speakers
  • Blankets

How to Live Without Electricity

  • Get a pressure lamp. Batteries are expensive, relative to kerosene. You will want a light you can control on the darkest of nights. By adjusting the pressure, you can control the intensity of the light.

  • If you live without electricity in a tropical climate, you don't have to worry about heat in the winter. If you do, make sure you carefully stockpile enough wood to keep you dry. Have a kerosene oven and stove for cooking.

  • Have music ready...an MP3 player or iPod with little speakers so you can listen to Mahler or Nora Jones as a social event with others as you sit in the limited light of the pressure lamp.

  • Have a small generator close by. Be aware, however, that even a tiny generator makes a very unpleasant noise.

  • Break yourself free of the Internet or charge your computer battery (and spares) off the generator. And forget cold drinks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't forget a flashlight, and some extra blankets for cold nights.

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