All-Electric Homes, Emergencies, and Kerosene

Back in the day, before the invention – or should I say discovery – of electricity, pretty much everything was run on either animal fat, wood, coal, fossil fuels, or wind and hydro power. We’ve certainly come a long way since the days when folks went around with torches and lanterns. What used to be the only sources of portable light are now almost strictly recreational and collectors items. Of course, these items are by no means rare or unpopular – on the contrary, they are often extremely sought-after and expensive.

Dependency on Electricity

But being that our present way of life requires and is dependent on the presence of electricity, what would happen if the electricity were suddenly and unexpectedly cut and we were left without the use of all electricity-driven applications? Yeah! I’ll answer that for you. UT-TER CHA-OS! These days power companies are pushing all-electric homes and sure, I get the benefits of using “clean” electricity, but I just don’t think putting all your eggs in one basket is smart.

With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan, we have seen the effects of what a large-scale natural disaster can do to power plants. This will no doubt be a big blow to power companies here in Japan, as people realize just what it means to be so dependent on electricity when these companies – for whatever reason – fail to provide it. It’s easy to grow comfortable with life when things come easy – whether it’s city gas, the efficiency of public transportation, or electricity.

Obviously, electricity isn’t going anywhere, and I’m not here to discourage its use. But I am voicing the need to diversify your avenues of power and fuel – especially when the running of essential applications such as those that you would depend on for heat and light are hanging in the balance. Clearly, there are many things that run on electricity which have no viable alternative. But there are things such as heating units and light sources that run on alternative fuel that can be bought and stored for emergencies.

Kerosene as an Emergency Fuel Source

Why kerosene might come handy during an emergency:

  • Easy to get your hands on. In many countries, kerosene can be bought at gas stands for a reasonable price.
  • Not nearly as flammable or explosive as gasoline and other fuels and therefore much safer to both store and use.
  • It lasts. Due to kerosene not having any enhancers or additives, it can last almost indefinitely if stored properly. Keep out of the sun, sealed, and in a CLEAN steel or tin container for long shelf-life.

Kerosene can be used to fuel lanterns, stove heaters, and various other appliances when more convenient fuel and power sources are unavailable. You would need both the hardware and fuel, so make sure you have both well beforehand! These are items that don’t “go bad” or outdated, so can be bought immediately and stored indefinitely for emergencies. People are known to buy up or hoard such items once there’s a threat, so it’s best to do your buying BEFORE they happen.

You will get a pretty good idea where to start just by imagining what would happen to your way of life if the electricity were to go out. If you live in a cold climate, heating will be crucial to your survival. But regardless of your location, shelter, food, and water are necessities that we all need to survive. If you have the wherewithal to evacuate to government shelters or equivalent temporary housing, great! But we should all be prepared to slug it out on our own until help arrives.

There will always be cases when despite everything we do to prepare, we still come up short. An earthquake could destroy your house and everything inside of it – for example, all your stocked “survival stuff”. Or you might have stocked up on gasoline for your car only to find that the massive oak in the driveway fell on your car and put it out of action. But the idea in preparing isn’t to rule out all potentially destructive turnouts, but to simply give you a greater chance of survival.


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