Energy Resiliency

Last week the East Coast suffered a major blow to its electrical infrastructure. Electrical outage can be a minor nuisance, where you simply have to go around and re-set all your digital clocks or it can be life-threatening, such as having no A/C for elderly or infants during a heatwave. There is a ton of great info out there on preparing for energy sustainability around your house. You can do as I plan to do and create the ability to be completely off-grid. This does require some accommodation and expectation management. Or, you can simply plan for being able to run essential equipment for 3-5 days or any plan in between those two scenarios.

The absolute best source I have found for this information is a guy named Steven Harris. His website is, but he is in no way limited to solar. He has done a massive amount of scientific testing on wood gasifiers, methane production, alcohol production, engine conversion, solar, you name it and he has studied it from a scientific standpoint and presents the information very clearly. In fact, the last 2 episodes of my favorite podcast, (Episodes 939 and 940) are his 9th interview with Steven. I HIGHLY recommend you listen to them and take notes on what will fit in your lifestyle and mechanical ability and interest and start making yourself energy resilient.


About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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