Let’s face it, power outages are not fun and can be especially annoying if happens on a weekend! We can make the best of it with the following creative ideas, to stay warm, out of the dark and safe!
— Les Hacker (@LHackattack) March 17, 2015
1. DIY Candle-Powered Pottery Heater
This neat idea can heat up a closed room (obviously not the whole house).
1. Light the candle
2. Put together a few jars (or other non-flammable objects) to hold up the pot.
Please ensure all materials are non-flammable to avoid a fire. Ensure to keep the children away from this mini heater.
Tip! Put all the items in a large cooking pot to avoid risk of fire.
2. Instant Hand Warmers
Make instant hand warmers within a few minutes!
1. Fill a large ziplock bag 1/4 way with calcium chloride ice-melt pellets (buy from your local hardware store).
2. Fill a smaller ziplock bag with water, close tight and put inside the larger bag.
3. Squeeze the smaller water bag until it pops, creating heat for 20 -60 min.
3. Solar Yard Lights to the Rescue
Use solar yard lights as night lights indoors. Simply place the lights at your windows to obtain solar power. You can use jars filled with beans, spagetti (or whatever you like) to hold up the lights.
Once the sun goes down, the lights can help you move around in the house before bed time.
- Look for clothing or blankets made of wool. Aside from leather, wool is known to be the most versatile and useful animal product on Earth. Wool has been used from early times to keep humans warm, it serves as great insulation.
- Light up the fireplace, if you have a fire place, it is one of the best and inexpensive ways to keep warm during a power outage.
- Check if your local hardware store rents out generators. A generator is an alternative way to provide power for a limited period of time.