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Chaz Peling: Backup Power Solutions

Be prepared if the lights suddenly go out
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 1:20 PM

Without electricity, our capability to conduct our modern way of life becomes immediately and severely curtailed. Communication instantly stops. Food quickly spoils. Sundown puts an end to all activity. Air conditioning and water well pumps no longer function.

And as prolonged blackouts often go hand-in-hand with gas shortages, disaster victims are often truly forced into a "dark ages" lifestyle.

This week, Chaz Peling, founder of Sol Solutions, joins the podcast to share his expertise on residential backup power options. The good news is that recent technology advancements offer more robust and affordable solutions than ever before. The bad news is, you have to invest the effort to procure an install them in advance of the next crisis for them to be of use. » Read more

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Preserve Perishable Food During a Summer Power Outage

5 tricks to save you food
Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 3:20 PM

Learn a number of methods to save and preserve the valuable food you have stored in your fridge when the power goes out during the summer or during emergency situations. 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/5-tricks-preserve-perishable-food-during-summer-power-outage

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5 Smart Ways to Respond to a Blackout

Steps to be better prepared and back up and running sooner
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:37 PM

Simple steps to build more resilience for when a blackout occurs. 

http://www.resilientcommunities.com/5-ways-to-increase-your-resilience-during-a-blackout/

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The Demise of the Car

Doomed by escalating oil and infrastructure costs
Monday, August 20, 2012, 11:37 AM

India’s recent series of power blackouts, in which 600 million people lost electricity for several days, reminds us of the torrid pace at which populations in the developing world have moved onto the powergrid. Unfortunately, this great transition has been so rapid that infrastructure has mostly been unable to meet demand. India itself has failed to meets its own power capacity addition targets every year since 1951. This has left roughly one quarter of the country’s population without any (legal) access to electricity. That’s 300 million people out of a population of 1.2 billion. Indeed, it is the daily attempt of the underserved to access power that may have led to India’s recent grid crash.

But the story of India’s inadequate infrastructure is only one part of the difficult, global transition away from liquid fossil fuels. Over the past decade, the majority of new energy demand has been met not through global oil, but through growth in electrical power.

Frankly, this should be no surprise. After all, global production of oil started to flatten more than seven years ago, in 2005. And the developing world, which garners headlines for its increased demand for oil, is running mainly on coal-fired electrical power. There is no question that the non-OECD countries are leading the way as liquid-based transport – automobiles and airlines – have entered longterm decline.

Why, therefore, do policy makers in both the developing and developed world continue to invest in automobile infrastructure? » Read more