How to Keep Warm During a Winter Power Outage


Years ago we were in a bad way. It was cold and our house heater went out. When we discovered how much it was going to cost we were flabbergasted! But what could we do? Either get the repair done or freeze during the winter!

It took a lot of working double-shifts and hunkering down underneath blankets and drinking a lot of hot coffee and tea but eventually the heater was fixed and we were once again basking in the red-hot splendor of our furnace!  Granted, the heating bill that year was outrageous but that is a story for another time.

Granted, the heating bill that year was outrageous but that is a story for another time.

The point is, we made do until a repair could be made.

We utilized many of the tips offered over on the next page. Since you never know when you will have a power outage we suggest you check out the next page and find out what you can do if ever in the same situation we were in!

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  1. Bill Thuem said:

    I ain’t gonna worry about it, in south central Texas !!!

  2. Mike Gifford said:

    Just be careful of carbon monoxide with a diesel heater. I lost power during a snowstorm last year and used a generator to power electric space heaters. Don’t out out the same BTUs but kept the room we stayed in around 64.

  3. James Thomas said:

    Wear clothes. Running around 1/2 naked won’t do you any good. You’re welcome.

  4. Shane Lee said:

    Fire up my generator and run extention chords inside. I can power, fireplace, lights, pressure tank for water, tv wifi, freezer and a Lil toaster oven. Did this during an ice storm.

  5. Eric Blanchard said:

    Propane heat. Propane emits carbon dioxide which in elevated levels can still make you sick but is a fraction the lethality of carbon monoxide

  6. Eric Blanchard said:

    Propane produces carbon dioxide when burned. Much much safer than carbon monoxide from diesel and gasoline generators and things of that nature . I agree with you

  7. Sam Jackson said:

    Close off rooms not being used, don’t open doors or windows to the outside to go in and out unless necessary, keep refrigerator door closed, have a back up heat source that heats with ready available fuel like wood, have ready a solar generator to run important devices like small appliances and to charge your phones, have plenty of candles and or oil lamps, have a gravity feed water filtration system for clean drinking water, also have a supply of long shelf life food and bottled water supply.

  8. James Pallasch said:

    A 10,000 watt generator will run most houses adequately in an emergency.. I am hardwired into my circuit breaker panel and all I need do is trip the main breaker and plug the generator in from the well ventilated garage, Lock out the main if possible or place a sign DO NOT ENGAGE MAIN BREAKER! A decent generator will run about a thousand and wiring maybe a hundred more. You can get by with a 3500 watt size for under $400.00. You must time share different appliances but what to hell, you are not freezing! Try to get a 220 volt gen so as to operate both legs of your breaker panel if you are going to plug your gen. to a 220 volt outlet! If any doubt exists, consult an electrician to be safe! In your absence, do not leave the generator running for safety reasons. My money is on a generator for any seasonal power outage.