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    Posted June 30, 2012 by

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    When the Power Goes Out.


    I just posted about the real possibility of brown-outs and black-outs this summer because of the incredible demand that electrical generation has on our water supply. With drought affecting so many areas, especially in the Southeast, we are facing some dire situations.



    The heat and the weather are taking severe tolls on the power supply right now. Millions are without electricity while temperatures reach into the triple digits.


    If you find yourself without power, have you discovered how vulnerable you are? Without electricity, how are you staying cool? How are you communicating with the outside world?


    How are you getting around at night? I have a good supply of candles and flashlights as well as battery operated and solar powered lanterns. Recently, I made a purchase of some solar bulbs and flashlights. They are designed by a social entrepreneur from Colorado who is helping people in the Third World acquire a safe alternative to kerosene lanterns which so many use to light their homes. (He is featured in the future film "The Solar Champion") Kerosene lighting is not healthy and the fuel is a signifcant expenditure for people who don't have a whole lot to spare. These Nokero (No Kerosene) products are a low cost alternative. I am sold on them. The LED solar bulbs come with a rechargeable battery and come in two models that cost $20 and $29. I bought mine when they were having a sale.


    You just hang these in direct sun during the day and illuminate your home at night. Pretty sweet.


    The company claims that the bulbs can pay for themselves in two weeks for people who usually rely on candles and kerosene. That is quite impressive!


    If I found myself  in the midst of a blackout, I'd hang these around the house to help me find my way in the dark. I'll save the candles for a romantic dinner... :)


    I went down to my cavernous basement to take these pics.






    Thanks for reading!

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