When it comes to natural disasters or events that shut down the power grid, it makes people realize just how dependent we are on electricity. That’s why it is important to have back up sources of electricity so that you can better survive being off the grid. However, as Superstorm Sandy revealed, using portable, gas-powered generators turned out to be only a very temporary solution as people could not get gasoline from stations that had no electricity to power the pumps.
Fortunately, there are three ways that many energy experts promote as being the best methods for generating electricity in case you are without power due to unforeseen circumstances.
While the debate continues on solar power being an adequate source of electricity on the large scale, there have been considerable advances on the smaller side with portable generators that harness the power of the sun. Solar powered portable generators are clean, do not need fuel, make no discernible noise, and can run for hours powered by sunlight. Some even have batteries to store the power so that it can be used at night.
If you are planning on using wind power for your electrical generation, then you will need to protect the blades and turbine in case a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake should strike. However, having wind power as a backup helps overcome one of the big issues with solar power which is that it doesn’t work at night. Wind power is clean, makes no noise, and can run both day and night when it comes to generating electricity.
The downside is that wind turbines are more fragile than solar panels and can become damaged easily in high winds or by debris. In addition, if the wind is not blowing, then it is not generating electricity. However, wind and solar generators work well together as they cover each other’s faults in powering your home.
Micro combined heat and power (CHP) is a system that generates both from one power source, which is usually natural gas. If you have a large propane tank, you can use a Micro CHP generator to also get electricity as well as heat which is perfect for winter conditions. The good news is that such a system can be put into your home without too many modifications, although the cost is considerably higher than purchasing a portable generator. For homes that have a large supply of natural gas, this may be the ideal solution in case the power goes out.
These three systems are the ones that most energy experts agree will produce clean, safe electricity for your home in case it goes off the grid. Depending on your budget and the location of your home, you may want to consider a geothermal heating and electrical system that provides clean, renewable energy that is safe and provides plenty of power. However, be warned that such systems only work in certain parts of the country and they can be very expensive.
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!