Power outage - what happens if the power goes out?
Many electricity consumers have experienced power outages ranging from a few minutes to several hours in the past few days. This becomes critical, especially when the weather is extremely cold. Severe cold weather tends to impact power availability due to issues such as overloading and circuit breakages. It can be frightening and challenging to be in a situation where you risk losing power as temperatures drop. In such situations, having a wood-burning stove in the house can be vital.
Do you know how long you can manage without electricity at home?
Below, we list some reasons why you should consider wood burning as a valuable resource for emergency situations:
Independence from the power grid:
Periods of cold weather can lead to overloading of the power grid, causing faults, downtime, or restrictions. Wood burning provides the ability to generate heat without relying on the power grid. This can be crucial during power outages, natural disasters, or other emergency situations.
Primary or secondary heat source:
Extended periods of cold can lead to equipment failure or line breaks due to ice and snow on power lines. A wood-burning stove can then become the only source of heat in these periods. During cold weather, alternative types of power production, such as solar and wind energy, may also be reduced. In such cases, wood burning can serve as a backup heat source.
Cooking and boiling water:
Wood stoves can be used for cooking in addition to heating. This can be essential when other cooking methods are not available. Additionally, it is recommended to have extra supplies of clean water, as it doesn't take long for tap water to have quality problems. With a wood-burning stove, you can boil water if you don't have electricity.
Availability and sustainability:
Wood is often readily available and can be a sustainable resource when harvested responsibly. It can be a stable source of heat in situations where other energy sources are limited. In a crisis situation, one can go out and gather more wood if needed.
To benefit from wood burning as an emergency resource, it is important to have a functional wood stove, sufficient wood storage, and the necessary equipment for safe use. It is also crucial to follow fire safety rules and ensure that the stove is installed and maintained correctly.
Clean-burning fireplaces and stoves:
By switching to a modern, clean-burning fireplace or stove, you can reduce emissions while getting more heat.
With a clean-burning fireplace or stove, 80 percent of the energy from the wood will provide room heat. Learn more about clean-burning fireplaces and stoves.
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