The word just sounds so, “austere”! And that just makes it worse, doesn’t it? After all, the government of the United States implemented an austerity plan that pretty much irritated the citizens. So who would want to live that way? Well, when you actually look at the definition of the word, many of us are already doing so. Not so much out of desire, but out of necessity. The economy has tanked, at least from the perspective of working class families. Maybe that’s not a track we want to follow!
I finally got my butt in gear to test the solar chargers I’ve had for I don’t even know how long. Yesterday, Saturday, February 16, 2014 was forecast to be a seriously gorgeous day, and I had several additional chores to which to attend. It seemed logical then that I spend the time in the kitchen and checking periodically out the back door.
After the Collapse, whatever form that might take, there is a high likelihood that the power grid could fail. What to do with all those gadgets we’ve collected? They’ve become such a huge part of our modern lives! Cell phones, computers, tablets, have found homes in our homes for many Americans, and indeed, many around the world. How would the failure of the grid affect your life?
Like many, I have a cell phone and a tablet. I also have a couple of laptop computers. Most of the time I work on a five year old desktop computer. Why? Well, I like the flexibility of being able to open it up and configure it the way I want. I also have an external hard drive to store documents and photos. If the computer dies, I still have my files. But if the grid is down, neither of these is of any use. That’s why I have the tablet. An external SD card makes it possible for me to store the most important of all these files. Not all, by any means, but most. I can keep pictures of my family and copies of important documents, like birth and marriage certificates.
Even the tablet needs to be recharged though. As does the phone. If the grid is down, the phone will most likely be useless as a phone, but if I can keep it charged, it can still be my alarm clock and kitchen timer. Yes, I cook. Until I get another one of those wind up kitchen timers, my phone is my best friend in the kitchen. So how will I keep my tablet and phone charged if there’s no power at the wall? I bought a solar charger that supports both at the same time.