How do you survive a month without electricity?
I live in a hurricane prone area. You have to have enough food that does not need refrigeration such as canned foods, or buy the food as you need it. Cook on a camp stove or BBQ grill. Learn to like a cold shower. Go to bed when the sun goes down, and enjoy not having a television filling your brain with senseless fluff. It can be done. I've done it. It's like a camping trip at home. But when the power comes back on it's HOT shower time!
Preparedness Is Key!
If possible, keep frozen gallon jugs of water in your freezer. When the power is determined to be off for a period of time perhaps over 4 hours, place the frozen jugs in a cooler to keep items cool. The jugs are basically 8 lb blocks of ice with handles. Once melted, you can drink the water.
River, stream, or pool water can be used for flushing. Scoop a bucket full and pour directly into the toilet bowl when flushing is required. Don't waste time trying to pour it into the toilet tank, you'll only spill it all over the place.
- Try to choose flashlights that have LEDs in them. The LEDs don't have filaments that will break and they also run much longer on batteries than traditional lights.
- Purchase lights and radios that use "D" batteries. Standardize your battery types. Keep spare alkaline batteries on hand in quantities sufficient to change each device a couple of times.
- When listening to a radio, do so at reduced volume. This allows the radio to run much longer.
- Buy some chemical light sticks. These will supply light for about 8 hours and they are handy to have in the bathroom.
- Avoid using ANY open flames such as candles and oil or propane lanterns.
- Keep a battery powered carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm in your house as a backup.
- Do all cooking outside when possible.
- Store sufficient quantities of water per person (and per pet). Guidelines call for 1 gallon per person per day. A hot water tank is also a source of water for persoanl hygiene. First turn off the burner or element (in case the power returns). Drain water from the drain valve. If water seems to drain slowly, open a hot water faucet for a minute upstairs. Remember to shut the faucet again for when the water returns!
- Have spare medications on hand, along with an extra pair of eye glasses.
- Have a flashlight for each person, along with spare batteries (see above). "D" cell recommended.
- Have an LED area lamp or two for generalized lighting.
- Make sure you have a car charger for your cell phone.
- Consider a car charger for NiMH batteries for radios and lights.
I would be able to survive for several years. I was once the warden on a caravan site on the Lancashire coast (UK) for five years - there was not electricity to the site! That would have meant being unable to answer this question! As I now live in a Lancashire village, I have electricity (and electricity bills!).
Water is important to humans because without it we'll die. The human body is around 70% water. Humans are able to survive without water for a little while, but not as long as we can survive without food. We can survive without food for a week to a month and we can survive without water for three days to a week. Can you see the 'obvious' difference?
humans don't need electricity they use it because its a luxury like excessive food and cable humans can survive without electricity all though its become a very common "necessity" but as people learn in schools i hope that civilizations before survived with out electricity but i could be wrong who knows what kids learn in schools these days lol
No power is used. The lamp in the light fixture is the load of the circuit. The load resistance is what makes the current flow. When the current flows through the filament's resistance, heat and light are generated. With no lamp in the fixture, the circuit's voltage potential is still at the socket contact points and if touched could cause you a shock. This is a good reason to shut the fixture off at the…