This article discusses why old-fashioned ways of doing things are starting to make a lot of sense during this era of the vulnerable, national energy grids. Our aging energy grids are vulnerable, for example to cyber-attacks and to weather related disasters.
The old-fashioned ways were not as dependent upon energy grids. For example, wind up clocks will be a helpful plan “B” during a power blackout. Younger family members who have grown up with only digital clocks might have to be taught how to read a wind up clock.
Another example is the energy intensive way we do our laundry today. During a power blackout, no washers or dryers will work. If the power blackout goes on for weeks, preppers might run out of clean clothes. Thus, the old-fashioned washboard, clothesline, and clothespins will be the prepper plan “B.” If there is any warning of a possible power blackout, preppers should quickly do their laundry.
Modern furnaces depend upon electricity to operate the fans that blow the stove generated heat throughout a house. Old-fashioned wood burning stoves do not depend upon electricity that will be unavailable during a power blackout. Also, during a disaster, wood might be easier to obtain than the fossil fuels that modern furnaces use.
Since air conditioners depend upon electricity, they will not function during a power blackout. Thus, hand fans might become the prepper plan “B.”
Modern computers and the internet have made hard copy books almost obsolete. Without electricity, however, having on hand important hard copy books should be preppers’ “plan B.”
Some preppers might be able to afford generators. Generators, however, run on fuels that might not be easy to obtain during a disaster. Thus, preppers should purchase the old-fashioned items discussed above so that they will have redundant backup systems in place.
If preppers have a strong enough need to save money, they can use redundant, backup equipment such as wash tubs and clotheslines to save money.
All of these old-fashioned ways have allowed the Amish to survive and thrive even in these modern times. Perhaps the Amish are not as strange as many of us once believed them to be. Maybe we can learn something from the Amish.
These are just a few examples of why old-fashioned ways will be fashionable again during power blackouts. Can you think of any other examples? Please comment below.