Generators are huge in the prepper/survivalist circles. It seems to be something that is a must-have. For all the great stuff a generator can do, have we stopped to think about the down side of having one? These things can be very expensive, so before buying one, listen for a moment and consider a few facts.
1. Generators are good ONLY for a short term power grid failure. Unless you have thousands of gallons of treated fuel stored in your back yard, it won’t run for long. Even multi-fuel generators have to have fuel or they won’t run. So unless you can store a lot of fuel or make your own, a genereator could be a big hulk of wasted money in a long term power grid failure.
2. Most generators are loud, telling everyone in your neighborehood and beyond that you’ve prepared for a crisis and now they know who to ask for a handout. Even worse would be a societal collapse where you could be the first target of a roving gang of looters.
3. Unless you have blackout curtains, the lights in your home if the rest of town is in the dark would give you the same effect as #2.
4. If it breaks down during a long term shtf situation, it could be very hard to find parts for it.
5. If its tied into your home, in the event of a massive CME (Coronal Mass Ejection, a solar flare) hitting our part of earth or a nuclear EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) it could get fried with everything else.
Don’t feel blue, there’s always an alternative to electricity! Now that its getting colder, perishable foods can be stored in a large plastic tub either in the coldest room or in a shed. In the summer, you can make a zeer, which is used all over Africa as a means to keep their food cooler. Instead of freezing meat, learn how to can, jerky, and smoke it instead. For an emergency stove, I’ve found that making hobo stoves works very well. Use your natural creativity to come up with ways to not be stopped by power failure. Everyone’s situations will be different, so customise your own survival plan. Just by thinking outside the box, you may find that a generator really isn’t needed. I spent just over $100 to build a zeer and it really works! For me personally, its cheaper to just ditch the generator and live life with a smaller carbon footprint. My parents’ generator (a Honda engine with a Chevy alternator) only runs rarely and that’s just to charge up their battery bank when their solar panels can’t. Even so, with gas prices rising each year and the dollar on the brink of collapse, they’re trying to go all solar and wind turbine so they can stop relying on it. When I move into the old trailer we’re going to renovate for me, you won’t find a generator there.