Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Can You Live Without Electricity?

Well, the simple answer is yes. For most of the time humans have been on this earth, there hasn't been electricity. But in today's modern world it is more complex. I think all will agree that the high standard of living in countries that have a contemporary lifestyle is only possible because of electricity. Not only has electricity given us a high standard of living, but it has also made advanced medical procedures possible, given us access to worldwide transportation and made it really easy to see inside your house at night.

We all know the electrical infrastructure is fragile worldwide. Even if you produce your own electricity, the system is still fragile. Batteries must be replaced, storms can damage solar panels or wind turbines and generators have a host of maintenance issues that must be addressed. So how do you live without it if and when necessary?  My approach has always been to find a solution from history. Our great-grandmothers managed to raise families without it. If I must complete a task, my first question is "How did my great-grandmother do it?" I have actually been asking that question for a quite few years now. Not just because of the fragile electrical infrastructure, but also because I feel compelled to do it. I can't explain it any other way. Looking for non-electrical solutions to life seems to be in my DNA.

So, I am introducing a new series of posts called Living Without Electricity. During the next year, these posts will show how to do things in and around your house without the need for electricity. From household tasks such as doing the laundry or sweeping the carpets to sewing clothes and preparing dinner, I will cover what it is I do - the non-electrical way. Sometimes the non-electrical way of life is harder and sometimes it is much easier (in my opinion). Either way, I will let you know! 

I hope you are as excited as I am about learning how to reduce your need for electricity and complete everyday home tasks without it!


  1. I look forward to this. It seems to me that many of our problems as people stem from the fact that we no longer know how to function even for basic survival without electricity. We all need to revisit how our predecessors lived so their wisdom is not lost.

  2. I'm looking forward to these posts too.

  3. Looking forward to it. I have been thinking of ways to get water with depending on city water. Life with electricity is doable, but life without water would be unbearable.

    1. Carla,
      I understand your concern! For short term needs, you can store water in your basement or closet. Two liter soda bottles work well in this situation.
      Longer term solutions can be an issue. Do you have a stream or lake nearby? You can get some water filters (like a Berkey system) to filter the raw water. If you don't have access to a stream or lake, consider installing a rain water collection system!
      Hope this helps!


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