A buddy of mine recently was talking about deer camp. His camp, and a few others are not only off the beaten path, they are off the grid all together. He pointed out some new science fiction show that talks about a whole world without electricity and how if that ever happened, it would be like living at camp.
Last weekend my dad and I were painting the upper gables of our house and we were talking about how crazy it was that we were in a 50-foot electric boom lift, but the people who built the house 120 years ago did not have any electricity, and not only where they able to paint the upper parts of the house, they made the nails, cut the lumber, chiseled the details into the moldings, and even dug the foundation all without electricity.
It got me thinking what if something happened and tomorrow all the power was not existent. Could you live? Water and natural gas would not work because there are no pumps; odds are there would be no heat or AC. No way to communicate unless you talked to someone or had homing pigeons. Everything in the refrigerator would go bad fairly quickly. Solar panels would make quite a bit of difference, but unless you are able to get to net zero, they might not be enough to run everything.
I know personally, it would take quite a bit of adjustment. On the other hand, my in-laws live in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, and they would have an easier time getting by than we would. They loose power often (sometimes for days) but they have enough food and stocked up Now I know that the odds of a global black out are non-existent and there are backups of backups for everything these days. But what if?
Could you adapt to a live without power or figure out a way to create your own electricity to power only what you have in your house? How would you get food, water, maintain shelter, and heat.
Unless that happens tonight, tomorrow I am going to drive my suburban with a CD playing to the Verizon store to buy an iPhone 5.