It is winter and the holiday has just started. There are a lot of fun activities and bonding to do during this chilly season. Wait a minute, did I just forget to mention Mother Nature’s pipe bursting below zero freezing temperatures, and the regular power outages to be expected? But, no worries, just wear warm clothing, get your heating system running, and enjoy indoor crafts and moments with family and friends. I mean, it’s that simple! Well, not until a power outage slaps! Worried now? Don’t yet, hold on and keep reading to know how to keep your house warm without grid electricity during this chilly winter season. Let’s get to it!
- 1. Prevent heat loss and maintain warmth in your house
- 2. Use heat sources that don’t require electricity to warm up your house
- 3. Invest in a home backup generator
- 4. Keep warm using heavy clothing
- 5. Prepare a freezing emergency room
- 6. Install a wind turbine to power your heater during power outages.
- 7. Use a mechanical heat-generating windmill
1. Prevent heat loss and maintain warmth in your house
Before we explore heat sources that don’t use electricity, let’s start by preventing heat loss from the house to maintain the existing warmth. Below are ways you can prevent heat loss and maintain warmth in your house during winter. While some of these methods are cheap, some are expensive, but hey! If they can keep the winter freeze away, they are worth it.
- Keep windows, doors, and other main openings shut, this way heat cannot escape via them.
- Using heavy fiber window curtains is a cheap way to keep your house warm without electricity during winter. Openings and thin-walled areas in the house like windows make for easy heat loss from the house. Just like warm clothing maintains body warmth, heavy curtains shall insulate your windows and maintain warmth in your house.
- Use a heavy fiber carpet for the floors in case you don’t have one yet. The floor radiates heat in your house leading to heat loss and a cold house interior. By using a heavy fiber carpet on your floor, it gets insulated thereby preventing heat loss via the floor and keeping the warmth in your house intact.
- Insulate your ceiling and wall to keep your house warm without electricity during winter. Good wall and ceiling insulators prevent loss or gain of heat in a house thereby keeping your house warm during winter.
2. Use heat sources that don’t require electricity to warm up your house
After preventing heat loss, it’s time to heat your house without using grid electricity during winter.
- Light up a wood fireplace; In case your house has a wood fireplace, it’s time to put it to good use. Assuming you have some dry wood lying around, use them to make a fire at your home’s fireplace. While some sources suggest using a gas-powered fireplace, it won’t work as some components in a gas-powered heating system use electricity.
- Use candles to warm up your house without electricity in winter. Although using a candle heater won’t produce much heat, it comes in handy when you don’t have any other options during a power outage. Make a simple candle heater by lighting up multiple candles under a clay pot. Be careful with a candle heater because it might cause fire accidents, place it in safe areas away from children and stuff that can catch fire.
- Use a portable wood heater; A portable wood heater uses wood to heat a house and is a good option in case you don’t have a fireplace in your room. Remember a portable wood stove produces smoke and shall need a makeshift chimney to take the smoke out of the house.
- Light up a kerosene heater; In the absence of electricity, a kerosene heater can work well to heat your house. However, note that a kerosene heater burns fuel and produces fumes that might affect you. A good practice is to place the kerosene stove near a window and open the window slightly to allow the fumes to escape.
3. Invest in a home backup generator
A backup generator comes in handy during power outages in winter. A quality home backup generator should be able to run your home heating systems and warm up your house during a power outage.
4. Keep warm using heavy clothing
In case you experience a power blackout and don’t have anything to warm up your house, wearing heavy clothing shall help you and your loved ones to keep your body warm before the power comes back.
5. Prepare a freezing emergency room
It’s a good practice to prepare for power outage emergencies, especially during winter. Pick a room in your house and prepare it for freezing emergencies. Cover up the windows using blankets, place a wood or kerosene stove in the room, and take other measures to keep the room warm always. In case of a power outage, you and your loved ones can resort to a room to keep warm in winter without electricity.
6. Install a wind turbine to power your heater during power outages.
Using renewable power sources is a good option to heat a house when grid power goes out. While solar energy can be tricky to get during winter, there is always wind to power a turbine. Install a wind turbine and use it to produce electricity which can be stored and used in case of a power outage.
7. Use a mechanical heat-generating windmill
According to One, a non-profit organization focused on energy and environmental issues, mechanical windmills can heat up or cool a house and even warm water without using electricity. A mechanical windmill is a little-known and used option when it comes to home heating options. Mechanical windmill. Mills produce heat directly from friction caused by the rotating rotors or by running a mechanical heat pump and thereby don’t need electricity to warm up a house. Installing a mechanical windmill for your house shall help you heat the house without electricity in winter.
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