Many of you who read preppersillustrated.com know by now that our family lived off the grid for over eight years. During that time, we learned firsthand what it might be like if we ever had to survive a doomsday scenario. We didn’t have a well so we had to haul our water to our house and nearly all of our electricity was provided by our generators.
It would’ve been nice if we would have been able to utilize alternative energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or micro hydro electric generators but we didn’t have that luxury. The trees around our property are way too tall for solar or wind to be a viable alternative and we didn’t have a stream nearby so micro hydroelectric was out of the question as well.
Because our only option for providing our little home with electricity was with a generator, we learned a few tips that I’d like to share with you about how to get the most out of the time that your generator is actually running.
Learn to Make the Most of Your Generator Runtime from Our Experience
- The first tip I have for you is to spend a little bit of time and plan the times that you’ll be running your generator around the times when you’ll need to use the most electricity. For example, if you have to do laundry, that would be a good time to run your generator. It doesn’t make sense to run a 5,000 watt generator just so that you can have a few lights on in your house. We’ll talk about that a little bit later in this article.
- The next tip is to make use of the time that your generator is running to charge all of your rechargeable devices. If you don’t own rechargeable devices, now’s the time to go out and buy them. Rechargeable devices are much more energy-efficient than devices that use regular alkaline batteries. Not only can you benefit from things as simple as rechargeable flashlights, having rechargeable power tools can mean that you don’t have to run your big generator when you have work to be done around your place.
- Next, turn your generator off when you’re not using it. This might seem simple but it’s a difficult habit to get into. If you have to take a bathroom break while you’re running your generator to use things like power tools or other devices that use a lot of electricity, make sure that you turn your generator off while you’re not using it. A lot of people forget about this and they simply leave them running but during a time of crisis, every little bit of gasoline will be precious so make sure that you shut your generator off when you won’t be using it; even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- The last tip that I have for you is one that has saved us a lot of money on gasoline. The way we had our system set up was we had a couple of very large deep cycle batteries that are typically used in a battery bank for homes that are running alternative energy systems. We set things up so that every time the generator was running, it was also charging the batteries. Then, when we turned our generator off, we could still harness the energy in the batteries because it was routed through a 12V power inverter and into our home. During times that you are running on your batteries, you can use light loads such as lamps and other devices that don’t require a lot of electricity.
Share Your Tips
I hope you enjoyed reading about these four simple tips and I hope that they’ll help you to conserve your precious gasoline if you ever have to use your generator during a survival situation.
I’d appreciate it if you’d take a minute and leave a comment and share any ideas that you have with us as well. You can leave a comment in the box below.
Before you go, I also suggest that you take a minute and read my article called: Why I Think All Preppers Should Own More Than One Generator.