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Sunday, April 12th, 2009, 11:49 AM
How Do You Live Without Electricity?

In keeping with European Americans United philosophy of independent thinking and living, not to mention addressing the uncertainty of today's economy on behalf of our people, we'd like to re-post this valuable article which originally appeared back in early 2007. Print it and keep it close.

By Anita Evangelista

It’s going to happen. Sooner or later, the power will go off, and you won’t know when (or if) it will come back on. This doesn’t have to be the work of evil-doers, either. It could be a sudden ice storm that brings down the power lines. It could result from other severe weather such as a tornado or hurricane, or from a disruption caused by faulty power company equipment, or even something as simple as a tree branch falling on your own personal segment of the grid. The effect is the same: everything electrical in your home stops working.

For most modern Americans, the loss of power means the complete loss of normalcy. Their lifestyle is so dependent upon the grid’s constancy that they do not know how to function without it. How do you cook a meal if your gas stove has an electric ignition? How do your children find their way to the bathroom at night if the light switches don’t work? How do you keep warm if your wood heat is moved through ducts by an electric fan? What do you do with a freezer full of expensive meat? How do you find out what is happening in your area with the TV and radio silent? What will you drink if your water comes from a system dependent on electrical pumps?

These are questions that both the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency are asking people to seriously consider. Both of these agencies have suggested that preparations for three days without power are prudent commonsense actions that all Americans should now undertake.

We’ll look at these issues in the broad context of living without access to the grid, whether you’ve chosen to separate from it or whether the choice is made for you by outside forces. What you can do now to mitigate your difficulties if the power goes off in the future, and what you can do then to help keep your situation under control, will be the focus of this article.

Remember, too, that an important principle in all preparations is that you maintain as much “normalcy” in your lifestyle as possible. For example, if television is part of your relaxation and unwinding process, don’t assume you can easily do without it. The closer you can keep your daily routines to “the norm” for your family, the more easily you can deal with power outages.

There are five primary areas that are easily disrupted if the power goes off. Each of these is critical to daily survival, as well, so when making preparations for emergencies keep these in mind. In order of importance, they are: light, water, cooking, heating/cooling, and communication.


Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Todesengel: Living in bush Alaska or on a sailboat, doing without electricity is a way of life.
A great resource for living in perfect comfort without electricity is Lehman's,
a store/company in Kidron, Ohio that supplies the Amish, and the rest of us,
with every conceivable non-electrical machine or device.

"What started as a tiny hardware store employing Jay's father, brother and sister today has become the world's largest purveyor of historical technology.

Lehman's ships old-fashioned, non-electric merchandise all over the world through our catalogs and website. Our diverse customer base includes missionaries and doctors working in developing countries; homesteaders and environmentalists living in remote areas; people with unreliable electricity living on islands and mountains; second home owners, hunters, fishers and cabin dwellers; the 'chronically nostalgic,' and even Hollywood set designers looking for historically accurate period pieces.

If you think it isn't made anymore, check with Lehman's before you give up. And next time you're in Ohio's Amish Country, stop by our store on the square in Kidron. We'd love to show you around."


People forget that our ancestors lived and survived quite well for 1000's of years without electricity and some of them in fairly advanced technological societies.

Every electrical device in your home can be replaced by an equivalent device except maybe your computer and internet.

Disk Harbor, Alaska. Porpoises, Valdez Arm, Alaska.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 06:40 AM
ArticDoctor thanks for the link to Lehmans.Wow a water powered digital clock.Now that is cool.:thumbup

Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 10:47 AM
Yes Leman's is a good place to buy such things they are also very expensive. If you live around any Amish they can direct you to other places that sell the very same things at less than half the cost. If you are passing through Ohio it is neat place to stop and check out all stuff they have in store.:)

It seems every year we use less and electricity. If the power did go out we would be prepared and our lives would not be altered too much.

But to live without electricity would be a discomfort I do like a hot shower at the end of the day.;)

Sunday, February 6th, 2011, 09:01 PM

Hi Todesengel some sites worth a look:



I'm looking into setting up a 12 volt back-up supply charged by cheap solar panels.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011, 03:57 PM
Great thread! I'd love to just go off-grid and carry around lanterns all night :D No seriously, I want to live in that PC game Amnesia... :|


Thanks for that Lehmans website too, very useful items.