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During A Storm: 3 Tips For Heating Your Home Without Electricity

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As a homeowner, you most likely understand the stress involved in heating your home through the winter months. With extreme temperatures and heavy winter precipitation affecting a large portion of the world through the winter, you are probably seeing a large increase in your heating bills.

Although necessary for your family's comfort, heating your home can be very costly through the intense winter season. Unfortunately, the Blizzard of 2015 is causing vehicle accidents and power outages all across the east coast. Without power, your family may be in danger due to the incredibly low temperatures. Thankfully, using these tips, you can heat your home even after the power goes out while you wait for a speedy heater repair.

Warm Room

While obvious to many people, smaller rooms hold heat more effectively compared to larger, open spaces of your home. To ensure your family remains warm without electricity, pick the smallest room of your house and designate it the "Warm Room."

To prevent heat from escaping, use blankets as insulation. Gather up a group of thick blankets and hang along the walls of the "Warm Room" for added insulation. Be sure to cover any windows and doors, as well. These are common areas for extreme heat loss, so protection during a winter power outage is smart. Spread blankets, towels, and sleeping bags over the floor for added warmth and comfort.

Creating this "Warm Room" is not a long-term heating option, but it can be effective during a power outage.

Fireplace

Depending on the type of fireplace your home has, it can be a great heat source when you lack electricity. Many homes have a gas log fireplace, but the design requires electricity to ignite the pilot light. Also, the fan will not be able to blow through your room without power.

Check your gas log fireplace to determine if it offers a battery backup for use during power outages. Even though he blower fan will not be able to circulate heated air through your home, the battery power will enable the gas logs to ignite for added heat.

If your home has a traditional fireplace, be sure you have plenty of logs on hand before the winter season approaches. When burning logs, be sure there is sufficient ventilation for the smoke.

While surprising to hear, candles can actually be a great source of heat. Group a good amount of large pillar candles inside your fireplace and light or arrange in groups in your small "Warm Room."  Candles can be more helpful when combined with other techniques. In addition, they offer a source of light, which is important during a power outage.

DIY Space Heater

Heating a small space of your home is possible with a little effort and some common household items. To create a small space heater during a power outage, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the room you want to heat. It should be a common room where you and your family will be during the power outage. Choose a level surface for the space heater to rest.
  2. Place a metal loaf pan on the flat surface and add 4 unscented tea light candles in the pan's center.
  3. Place a brick on each side of the pan. Each brick should be parallel to the longer pan sides.
  4. Lay a cooling rack directly across the pan and bricks.
  5. Place a clay pot, with the opening facing down, on the cooling rack. Ensure the pot's opening is directly over the tea light candles.
  6. Use a nickel to cover the small hole on the clay pot. Usually on the bottom of the pot for drainage, the hole will be facing upwards.
  7. Cover the clay pot with a larger clay pot.
  8. Slide the metal loaf pan out to light the candles and warm your space.

Depending on the life of your candles, this DIY space heater will slowly heat your room for 3 to 4 hours. However, it is important to note this project will not heat a larger area for a long period of time.

Power outages are common, but you do not have to suffer during the winter months. Using these tips, you can warm your home and family without electricity.


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