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TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 12

Day 12. The question for today is, “What do you need to feel “Normal” in an emergency and how much does “Normal” cost”?

We all have different capacities of how much shortage and or suffering we can deal with. I’m going to give you my basic list of what my wife and I need to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 11

Day 11. A few posts ago, I told you I was going to try and setup a 200 watt solar panel system in my office windows. Well I did, but it hasn’t worked so well. The sun is currently a summer sun and very high in the sky. So high, that the eves of my […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 7

Day 7. We are only a good night’s sleep and a wake-up from being on the off-grid emergency preparedness test for 1 week. Honestly the first week has gone by pretty fast. Food, water and even power have not been a problem. Power has been something we have to watch. We are running everything off […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 6

Day 5. Short post today because of low battery banks. We have plenty of electricity for lights and essentials but with a 2 or 3 day storm coming in tomorrow and mostly cloudy skies today, I’d like to preserve as much power as I can.

We ran the furnace again this morning to take the […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 5

Day 5. Thought I would catch you up on how much water we’ve used so far and how the propane and other fuels are doing. Also how the food supply is doing.

First a report on our first extended test of running our furnace off of a generator. In most emergencies natural gas will still […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 4

Day 4. It is going to be a short blog today. It is a very cloudy day which is really affecting how much power the solar panels are providing. The highest reading I’ve seen today is 150 watts which is enough to run essentials but not enough to run my computer for very long, hence […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 3

Day 3. I feel like I have caught up on retrieving and setting up gear and supplies so today I’m going to try to take it a little easier and even do a little yard work. Collecting gear and remembering where you stored all your preps is not as easy as it might seem. I’m […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 2

Day 2. The thing that has hit me the most is the realization of how much time, even simple tasks, now take to do. No more automated coffee maker where you can “set it and forget it”. To get coffee, I have to fire up a stove to use a percolator coffee maker that needs […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 1

It’s the first day of our trial 2-week preparedness test. Not many surprises. The biggest surprise was that our 2000 watt modified sine inverter would not run the microwave on a test run. I don’t think we would have used it all that often because it is such a big power hungry appliance but it […]

EMERGENCY POWER FOR UNDER $25

There are many small electronic items that can be run off of a 12 volt battery. If you have a car, you can use the car battery in an emergency as a charging station. Here is a list of some things you could recharge from a car battery.

Cell Phone I-pod Battery Charger […]