Ways to Heat Your Home When You Don’t Have Electricity

What happens when it’s below freezing outside and your electricity all of a sudden goes out? How do you keep warm? Wrapping yourself in blankets and layering up with sweaters will do the trick, but only for so long. In the wintertime, a blackout could last an hour or it could last a few days, and maybe even longer if you live in a more remote region. So, what do you? Well, there are a number ways to keep your home warm without electricity. When it comes down to it, staying warm in the winter is your number one priority, so you want to find a way to keep warm, but at the same time you want to stay safe as well. Here are some ways to heat your home when you don’t have electricity.

Your first step when you don’t have electricity is to cover all the windows. If you don’t have thick drapes, you want to make sure to put thick blankets over the windows – at least until the power comes back on. The windows are often the number one place where heat escapes, so you want to make sure that you don’t let that happen.

Next, if you have radiators, you want to quickly place tin foil behind each radiator in your home. Immediately after a blackout, your radiators may still emit heat, but you don’t want that heat to escape through the wall. So, you want to make sure to line the wall with a layer or two of tin foil. The tin foil will reflect the heat back into the room. Doing this sooner rather than later may save some precious heat in your home, so that you don’t have to worry about the cold winter chill taking over.

Also, if you are havingĀ heater issues, you may want to light a fire in your fireplace if you have one. Make sure, though, that the flue is wide open, because you don’t want to risk getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, you may want to use real wood logs, because they burn with less chemical residue and they will keep your home the warmest. You could also seek this kind of warmth if you have a wood burning stove. All you have to do is open the vents and let the warm air travel from your kitchen to your living room.

Lastly, when the electricity goes out and the weather outside is particularly cold, you always want to be safe, rather than sorry. Most importantly, you want to make sure there are no gas leaks, so you want to turn off your stove and you want to turn off your HVAC system. In the event of a blackout, you want to rely only on natural methods to keep your home warm. However, if you feel like your life is in danger because of the cold, you may want to get in your car and start the engine. Make sure that you are not in an enclosed garage, because that could also open the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. All you have to do is let the heater run until your electricity comes back on.

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