Emergency Heat: Planning for Winter Months

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Have A Plan In Place

Winters in Georgia are always unpredictable.  Even though we are in the south, we don’t always escape the snow and frigid temperatures our friends in the north routinely face.  I’ve lived in Georgia eleven years and concluded that when there is freezing rain or snow in the forecast to stay off the roads.  I am thankful for the flexibility my work offers me in having the option to work from home.  I am always grateful to be safely tucked away in my cozy home when temperatures drop and the roads become a skating rink.

Several years ago, I wasn’t so fortunate when icy roads forecast for nine o’clock in the evening arrived early during rush hour traffic.  It took four hours to drive home and I was only twenty miles away.  From that day forward, I always kept a bag of sand in my car that I eventually used to give my car some traction on a slippery road.

Fast forward a few year later and metro Atlanta experienced its first Snowmageddon.  Myself along with other residents all over Georgia were trapped in our homes due to icy road conditions.  Northerners collectively laugh at us Georgians because comparatively speaking what we experience is a walk in the park, but a few inches of snow and ice can paralyze the city.

Sitting at home with my Dad, I suddenly wondered what would happen if a snow storm caused us to lose power at my home.  I had insisted on an all electric home to reduce the number of utility bills, but the reality was I was without an alternative means of heating my home if I lost electricity.

Thinking back to my childhood days when we had a kerosene heater before we converted to central air and heat, I thought a portable kerosene heater would be the best alternative for my all electric house.  Without hesitation, I purchased two portable kerosene heaters for my upstairs and downstairs spaces.  At first, I was taken back by the strong smell of kerosene, but after a little practice and strategically placing the heaters near windows, I was able to get each heater lit and producing heat in no time.

Each winter when ice and snow are in the forecast, I pull them out, fire them up and hope I don’t need to use them.  If I do, I know I can reliably heat my home if I lose power and that knowledge warms me from the inside out!

Do you have an all electric home?  What is your contingency plan if you lose power?  Now is the time to plan before the power goes out!

Let me know your thoughts.  Please comment below.

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