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2012 Shtf - Staying Warm When The Heat Is Out
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2012 Shtf  -  Staying Warm When the Heat is Out

There is a lot of anxiety about the various scenarios that could play out in 2012, and ranking high among them is that the power grid could go down for an extended period of time. If that happens, staying warm, even inside your own home, will become a matter of life and death during winter in the colder parts of the US.

Conserving Heat, Saving Your Life

The first thing you will want to do to stay warm is prevent the loss of any heat you already have in your home. The easiest way to do that is to close the curtains when the sun goes down. Unless you have very good, double paned, argon filled, UV coated glass in your windows, you can feel the heat of the sun shining through on a sunny day. That thermal energy is radiating right through the glass, and it works both ways.

When your home is warmer than it is outside, the heat from your home will also pass right through the windows. The lesson is that unless the sun is shining right through at you, draw the curtains or blinds to prevent that heat loss. In the winter, when the nights are so much longer than the days, that really adds up.

Thinking Fireplace? Think Again

Modern day fireplaces are not very functional; they are meant to provide ambiance and a "warm atmosphere" instead of warm air. Using your fireplace with the idea of heating your house is not a very great idea. Although the glow of the fireplace will provide warmth for a few feet in front of it, the reality is that the fireplace is using up air in your house for combustion before it goes up the chimney. Most of the time, a fireplace is a net heat loss.

Although using the fireplace can be a source of heat loss, it can also be a heat loss when you are not even using it if the flue is open. Warm air rises and will go up the flue, leaving your colder. Also, wind blowing across the chimney outlet on the roof can create an area of low pressure that causes heat to be sucked right up the chimney. The bottom line is: close your flue.

Create a Micro Climate

Like a big four poster bed in the castles of old, complete with curtains to keep the sleeping people warm, building a little fort out of blankets or even pitching a tent in the warmest room of the house is a great way to sleep warmer. After a bit of time in the tent, your body will have heated it up a few degrees warmer than the room outside. This can be the difference between a good night's sleep and a restless night of shivering.

Learn the urban survival tips that can make your life easier during the tough times ahead, or even safe your life, by getting your hands on a practical urban survival manual that can teach you the finer points of living through the next Great Depression. Most of the urban survival techniques that "preppers" practice cost little or no money and actually will help your family economize, even if the "S" doesn't Hit The Fan in 2012. An ounce of prevention, they say, is worth a pound of cure.


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