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Top 10 survival hacks for generating electricity
By HRS Editors // Jul 02, 2024

Some non-preppers may take things like electricity for granted until they are in a scenario where they no longer have it. It can be hard to find a reliable power source, especially if you are unprepared for a widespread power outage or grid-down emergency.

And while storing energy has become more effective thanks to advancements in battery technology, you still need to generate electricity. (h/t to TruePrepper.com)

Before SHTF, you can benefit from knowing the different ways to generate electricity on your homestead. Once you have prepared a reliable alternative energy source, you can also prepare by stocking up on shelf-stable food like grains and nuts.

Solar power

In most emergencies, even after natural disasters, the sun will still shine.

Solar power is one of the most reliable alternative energy sources, but it can also be one of the most intimidating. It may require a big financial investment depending on the method you choose, but it's also becoming cheaper.

Sometimes the government also offers incentives for a solar home system.

Gasoline generator

Gas generators are one of the most popular options for emergencies and power outages. However, gasoline isn’t the most stable fuel so you need to store gas and fuel stabilizer in your stockpile so it's ready when you need it.

Crank generator

Crank flashlights often come with emergency radios because they require very little power.

Note that the crank function won’t be generating many watt-hours but it could be enough to make sure an important text gets through during an emergency.

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Natural gas and LP (liquid propane) generators

Propane and natural gas are the leading choices for home standby generators. Natural gas is usually less prone to outages during emergencies, especially when compared to electricity, and propane is usually stored on-site in tanks.

These options are ideal for short-term emergencies and natural disasters but they may lose viability if supply chain difficulties become permanent.

If you can get large tanks, you can store a large amount of fuel. Just make sure you follow the half-tank rule to maximize your preparedness.

Vegetable oil generator

Rudolph Diesel's original design for the diesel engine used vegetable oil, which could be an alternative fuel with less demand during emergencies and survival situations.

Most cooking oil is a byproduct, and having a generator option that runs on vegetable oil may benefit you when SHTF.

Diesel generator

Diesel generators usually cost more and are heavier than gas generators but tend to use less fuel for the same energy output. They are also less common because of the cost difference.

Note that some standby generators run on diesel, but they are more common in commercial and industrial settings. (Related: EMP-proofing MYTHS preppers need to know about.)

Steam engine

Steam engines changed the world in the 18th century, and they work just as well in modern times. While you can't exactly buy a steam engine at the hardware store, you can learn how to set up your own if you want to use this as your power option.

Check videos online to learn how small car engines or two-stroke engines are converted into steam engines.

Hydroelectric generator

Water and gravity are some of the most consistent power sources you can find. While hydroelectric generators aren’t common, you can make them at home with traditional alternators and some research.

If you decide on a hydroelectric generator for your homestead, you will also need to find a water source with a differential in elevation generating kinetic energy such as a fast-moving river, a waterfall, or a dam.

Wind turbine

Like solar energy, wind turbines will need consistent weather conditions to perform reliably. This makes it less ideal as a primary power source, but wind turbines can work well as secondary power sources.

Biomass stove

Using heat to generate electricity is also a great option for emergencies. Unlike propane stoves where fuel can be limited, you can find wood to burn in a biomass stove.

A biomass stove will convert the heat to energy that can charge small devices such as cell phones.

If you are worried about different survival scenarios where you may run out of electricity, prepare ahead of time so you don't have to rely on grid power.

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More related stories:

Survival tips: Alternate power sources for your homestead.

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Food storage: How to keep fruits and vegetables fresh without a refrigerator.

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