Savings Secrets: What to do in case of a power outage


(photo courtesy of Alesa Dam)

In “light” of recent events at the Super Bowl, this might be a good time to consider what you can do and how you can save during an unexpected power outage. 

1. Always keep jugs of fresh, clean water on hand. If the power also affects your water supply, it’s a good idea to have a good source of fresh, clean water. Be sure to also check with your local water authorities, to make sure that the water is not contaminated. It may be necessary to find a way to boil water. 

2. Keep candles, flash lights, and/or battery-powered lamps on hand. We have a battery-powered lantern that we use for camping trips, and this is perfect for when the power goes out. Sometimes candles aren’t ideal or don’t put off enough light, so it’s important to have some good alternatives. 

3. Have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand. Just like you need to keep everyone hydrated, food is also important.  4. Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed for as long as possible. You don’t want all your food to be ruined, so keeping the refrigerator closed will help preserve your perishables. Once your food reaches temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s necessary to throw it out.

5. If the power is going to be out for quite some time, purchasing or renting a generator might be a prudent move. This will ultimately help with your expenses and sanity in the long-run. Just be careful not to operate it indoors, or in the rain (electrocution – yikes!). 

6. Stay warm and/or don’t get over-heated! If temperatures are cold and/or below freezing, staying warm is vital for your survival. Use extra blankets, layers etc… and stay hydrated!  If temperatures are high, make sure you are’t you don’t get heat stroke. Stay hydrated and cool as best you can. If the power is going to be out for quite some time, find a friend or family member with power that you can go stay with. 

7. Be careful with grills, generators, camping stoves, etc... If used indoors, these things can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Trying to stay warm with any of these types of things is very dangerous. 

8. Always have a first-aid kit on hand (true for every day, right?). Keeping things like bandages, important prescriptions, pain relievers and other items on hand is important to have ready at a moment’s notice. 

The power going out can be a frustrating thing, but with just a few strategies and plans in place you’ll be able to make it through just fine. What are some of your tips for making it through a power outage?

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog


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