You do not have to sit in the cold during the winter, sweat in the summer or limit computer or television use to save money on the utility bill. Shutting the power down and living off the grid is unnecessary. It may also be disallowed by local ordinances.
Adding insulation, energy-efficient appliances and using green building materials will help reduce utility costs for the home. Since these products cost money, many people are unsure how to reduce energy use that produces regular savings. You can find more info about ways to save energy at home and reduce your bill by switching electric suppliers. Then use your accumulated savings to purchase and install energy-efficient products. As savings grow, more products can be added.
Incorporate simple wilderness survival techniques into your lifestyle that will help lower energy use. Some of these techniques are fun to use; children can learn about conserving energy and different ways to perform everyday tasks.
Cooking Without Using The Stove
Build and use a solar cooker or oven. You can bake, boil or cook anything as long as the sun shines. The Internet has dozens of free designs to choose from. Commercially made solar ovens are also available. No charcoal, lighter fluid or any other fuels are needed.
Heat or boil water using the sun’s power. Plans are available in books and on the Internet. You can heat as little or as much water as you need. Commercially made solar water heaters can be installed in the home to provide all of the home’s hot water needs as well.
Generating Your Own Power
Using solar power has become more popular than ever. A plethora of products are available to charge batteries, provide power to houses, appliances and generate excess energy that can be sold back to utility companies. These products can be used in a disaster or for everyday use. They include:
Combine rechargeable batteries and a solar charger. Chargers are available to accommodate any size of battery.
Use a folding solar panel to power laptops or other small electronics.
Solar panels on backpacks charge IPods, cell phones and other devices.
Larger solar panels can charge a battery bank to provide energy in an emergency.
Solar powered lanterns for light.
You can go on an “energy fast” periodically to sharpen your wilderness skills. If you have a generator, you can allow it to power your refrigerator or freezer. Otherwise, leave these items on and turn everything else off. You will discover ways to cook, clean, have entertainment and live if something happens.