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Renewable Emergency Power Solutions

What will be your Emergency Power solution when no fossil fuels are available for you to generate that all-important electricity?

Fortunately, there are several ways to ‘power up’ without using those taken-for-granted energy supplies, such as gas stations and power companies.

Electrifying Assurance: The Pioneering Frontier of Emergency Power Tech

When I had my generator running for several days after a rather long grid failure, I was nervous about my fuel supply. After all, the gas stations did not have the power to run their pumps.

So what can I do in the future to solve that worrisome problem enough of not having enough fuel?

I started to look into some renewable energy alternatives such as:

  • Solar Power
  • Wind Power
  • Biofuel Generators

They are all significant answers to the problem but they all have their challenges and their own pros and cons.

So before you get a little discouraged, do yourself a favor and read on about these renewable DIY energy solutions for your peace of mind regarding emergency power for you and your family.

Solar Power Advantages And Disadvantages

Solar power and/or photovoltaic cells are often seen as the crown jewel of homemade energy.solar power

Solar energy is easily obtainable by almost anyone.

Solar power systems require very little maintenance; the systems make absolutely no noise(as opposed to a generator), along with no emissions whatsoever.

You may also obtain grants, tax deductions, and interest-free loans for your installation.

And if you make more energy than you use, you can often plug it back into the grid, and the electric company will pay you for it! How cool is that?

And the bad news, unfortunately, is the initial cost will be off-putting for some, even though there may be financial incentives, not some. Even though there may be financial incentives, not everyone is eligible.

And if you want a system to cover your energy usage, you may have to invest in many panels. First, you may want to find ways of reducing your energy use

In some locations, solar panels are available to rent. That means the company that owns them gets all the grants and tax cuts, but you can save money on energy.

Another downside to solar power is that it only works when the sun is up. You can get storage batteries to save your energy for later.

However, in some locations, there is minimal direct sunlight for several months of winter, rendering your solar system useless for up to three months out of every year.

If your house is not oriented towards the south, don’t worry. You can often mount the photovoltaic panels on frames that can be angled in the sun’s direction.

Even the least efficient solar system tends to pay for itself within several years. A good system may pay for itself in as soon as three years; a less efficient system may take ten.

Meanwhile, the market standard as of this writing for photovoltaic cells is a 20 to 25-year guarantee.

At the very least, that makes over a decade of mostly free energy.

Solar power can be a big investment, especially if you intend to cover your roof with photovoltaic cells. To minimize grid reliance, though, it can be a worthwhile investment.

Depending on where you live, you might even be able to get a government grant or a 0% interest loan to help with the installation. And do not forget that in some locations, you can also rent photovoltaic systems.

Even if you only want a secondary system for those times when the power goes out, solar may still be an option for you. Plenty of portable systems can be set up to run temporarily.

You might not even need quite as much direct sunlight as you think. Overcast and gloomy Germany is currently the world’s largest solar power producer!

There are also ways of getting around a less-than-ideal house alignment.

If you choose a system with a battery, you can save the energy you create during sunny days and save it for the night and cloudy skies. This certainly has its benefit.

If you don’t choose a system with a battery, you can only run your devices in sunlight – hardly the time when you’ll need your lights!

Wind Power Advantages And Disadvantages

If solar power is the king of alternative home energy, wind power is the crown prince.

Every location has sunlight, but not every location has winds strong enough to power a house. If you are in the right location, wind power has benefits.wind power

Wind power is less of an investment than any of the other renewable energy sources. The turbines are also generally quite easy to install.

If they are going to pay off, however, they need a fair bit of wind, which generally means buying an incredibly tall turbine or installing it on the top of a building.

Although wind turbines are often a smaller investment than solar panels, you are less likely to run into them on private property. This is because there are some drawbacks.

You will have to deal with your neighbors, and if you have neighbors nearby, it can be difficult to get them to sign off and accept your wind turbine. Many people find them ugly, and they make noise.

And here’s a thought: there will be concerns about birds flying into the rotating blades and children hurting themselves by trying to play on the turbine.

However, children are more likely to hurt themselves climbing a tree, and the number of birds killed by a turbine is nowhere near the average of a single pet cat.

So why are you thinking I brought up the solution of wind power?

There are many positive aspects of wind energy. Turbines pay for themselves within a few years and require even less maintenance than photovoltaic cells.

Wind power is also easier to install than solar power.

But as with solar power, you will need some battery to keep you going when the wind is less strong.

However, you might be out of the game immediately because your geographic location might not be suited for wind power, or you might have to get a very tall and invasive turbine to make it worthwhile.

Getting a wind power system only as a backup is also difficult.

While a solar cell system can be brought out and placed on the ground when the grid goes down, the wind turbine must be a permanent fixture due to its size.

As with solar power, you are usually best off trying to minimize your household’s electric use if you hope to use homemade energy as your primary power source.

Advantages And Disadvantages of Biofuels

At first glance, your generator might not appear to be an option for homemade energy, but if you go through a lot of cooking oil or grow your own oil plants, it could be your best bet.

There are two options for homemade generator energy: straight vegetable oil, often called SVO, and biodiesel. And, of course, both have their pros and cons.

Straight vegetable oil systems can be very economical, clean, and effective. The downside is that if you own a generator, you must modify it to run on straight vegetable oil.

Suppose you do not own one now and are only considering purchasing a generator. But you can easily opt for a model that runs on pure vegetable oil (e.g., corn, soybean, peanut).

If you are using pure oil, there is no processing necessary. That’s great news for everyone, especially if you have already made your oil.

However, if you want to use waste vegetable oil for cooking, you must filter out any impurities.

Some people feel that if they are going to do all that work, they might as well go all out and make biodiesel. Talk about ‘self-sufficiency!’

Biodiesel takes more work, but it has its benefits. For example, any diesel generator will also run on biodiesel.

If you have an old generator or want to buy one cheaply, you can still run it on homemade fuel.

Let’s get technical:

Biodiesel is produced by adding methoxide to filtered and pretreated cooking oil that’s been used, thus producing glycerine and biodiesel.

After the glycerine sets so that it separates, the biodiesel can be removed and washed, allowing any remnant water in the fuel to evaporate.

Aside from the more involved processing, biodiesel’s downside is its reasonably short shelf-life. Neither biodiesel nor straight vegetable oil generators are viable options as primary energy systems in most homes because of the cost per kilowatt-hour.

They do make excellent secondary and backup systems, though!

Importance Of Renewable Energy

Survival is our first and foremost priority for obvious reasons. But there is one thing separating the outstanding preppers from the good:

Comfort.

At first glance, comfort may seem like a bit of a luxury when faced with a brave new world or, at the very least, very extreme weather.

A little bit of discomfort doesn’t kill, after all.

However, it does affect your energy levels, how you sleep, and how many calories you burn.

Even more so, it affects your mood, well-being, and good spirit, which is very important when getting through any crisis.

The main comforts you’ll need in a disaster include staying entirely dry and not feeling cold, eating something you like, and having enough food not constantly to fight hunger.

Those elements are suitable for the body.

But something that goes a very long way for the spirit, helping retain a sense of normalcy, is electricity. With some planning, you could keep your house lit even when the neighborhood darkens.


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