Whether it’s because your boiler has packed in, you have had a power cut or your electric has completely blown, having an energy emergency is never something that can be predicted or planned, but it can be something you can make sure you are prepared for.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can prepare for an energy emergency below:
Your Heating Or Hot Water
It’s less than convenient fo your heating or hot water to stop working at any time of the year let alone when the winter is on its way. Although at times, it may be unavoidable such as issues with a part giving up or a from your supplier, There are a few ways you can protect yourself from this and some things you can do to make sure you can through it:
- Get your boiler serviced every 12 months, although it can’t make your boiler last a lifetime, it can certainly help to identify any obvious problems before they leave you without heating or hot water.
- Sort out a home emergency plan so you have someone to call if you have no heating in the winter.
- Consider alternative water sources such as a water tank or solar panels.
- Have a few electric heaters in the cupboard, ‘just in case’ or have an idea of where you could borrow one from.
- Have plenty of warm blankets and bedding in case you have to live without heating until an emergency repairman can help.
The same applies to your electric, it’s certainly not something you want to have to deal with. Especially when it comes ot the winter. With nights getting darker earlier, the last thing you want is to be doing is rummaging through your old man draw to find a few candles that are dotted around. And with no TV or electronic means to entertain the kids, you’re going to need a plan.
- Have some candles that are for this exact reason. Put them in a location that you will be able to locate straight away and store them with a lighter or matches. A few candles sticks or tea lights can go a long way in a blackout or power cut.
- Make sure you have a few torches or head torches in your ‘man draw’.
- Have some board games or reading materials to one side to spend some family time together using the candles for lighting.
- Make sure you have some spare batteries or charged batteries ready to use in torches or lanterns.
- Look for generator suppliers and get yourself a solid back-up plan, especially if it’s something that happens often in your area.
- If you have a gas heater in your camping equipment, make sure this is something that is easy to find if your power will be off in the winter.
- Have some blankets and extra thick bedding you can use if your boiler relies on electricity.
These are just a few of the ways you can prepare yourself for an energy emergency in your home. Is there anything else you would add to the list?