January 28, 2001    





If a storm knocked out the electricity to your home for a month, how would you fare in general?

Without electricity I'd lack not only light, cooking facilities, cold storage and all manner of electronic gadgets , but heat and running water as well since the furnace has an electric spark and the pump for the well is electric.I know I could survive for a week--I've done that--but a month would be very tedious.

Jill, 60

Well, if it was in winter, my food would still be frozen. That's pretty good. My house would be cold cause I do not have a fire place or alternative source of heat. I guess I have enough batteries and candles for light. Batteries for tunes. How long does a cell phone hold a charge? So I guess no phones. Would I still have to get to work? I guess I have a month's worth of clothes. Does the water still run without electric? It would certainly not be an easy task.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

I'd probably be faring well ... at somebody else's pad.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

Unfortunately everything here is electric, even the heat. If it happened in the spring we'd do okay but right now it'd suck.

Alias Irrelevante

I wouldn't fare very well...gotta have my internet, microwave, and telephone.

Angela, 16
, SC   USA

I'd be grumpy and probably go live someplace else for a month. I'm a college student. . .I could use a battery-powered alarm clock, but I really would not want to print stuff in the computer labs. . .or study by candlelight/flashlight. . .

Karen, 21

I'd be grouchy but manage to survive.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Very badly. Although I have a gas fireplace, I cook and heat with  electricity.

Jane, 60
West Linn

Not too bad I guess. We have some charcoal and a grill and also a little propane grill. I've got a ton of candles and a million matches. There's several flashlights around and some batteries. There's dried goods in the cabinets and some soup. As long as the water was running, we would make it.

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ   USA

If I spent that month at my parent's house I would fair quite well. Most of their energy comes from passive solar heat and a kerosene stove. They also have the resources to take care of the cooking / food issue. If I had to stay here in Lowell. I could use my camping gear and skills and do o.k. I would be bored silly however.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I would probably get bored unless I had a bunch of books to read... my friends would get mad at me because I get 10 or 11 emails from them a day...and when I say a bunch of books, I mean at least 6 or 7, because I'd probably finish one in about 5 or 6 days...

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch

I would be really bored...but considering I'm hardly ever home I think I could stand it.


Well, as long as I have paper, pen/pencil, and my warped imagination, along with my dogs, I think I can survive. I may not particularly enjoy it, but I can survive.

Bruno, 31
, CO   USA

Pretty badly, im very internet-dependant. I would be so bored :(

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Wow, it would be tough. The weather in Southern California is fairly mild, so that wouldn't be a problem. I probably have enough non-perishables to last me an uncomfortable month, but hey, I'll survive. I'll survive even better if the market down the street still gets food. All the phones in the house except one are electric, so I'd still have phone service. I guess I could get a cell phone if they got knocked out, too. Cold showers would be annoying,  but I'd deal with it. I guess it would be tough at night without lights, but I could set up some candles. I admit it wouldn't be the most comfortable month, but I'm sure I'd get through it alive.

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

Quite well. I am one of those people who could live much like throeau did. I love simplicity.

Adrianne, 15

It would take awhile to get adjusted but I'm sure I could handle it.

Stephanie, 25

Well, it would really suck, but I would make it.  Let's see, no hairdryer, no microwave, no hot water,....boy that would really suck. But I would be just fine. Let's just hope that never happens.

Lisa J., 22

Not very well as we have been out of electricity for 3 days during a blizzard. We had no water, and could not use the bathroom and now lights and no cooking. As everything we have uses electricity. We have a well so that takes power to get water for drinking and cooking and the toilet. But I

Marci, 55
, OH   USA

I'd be alright, but I'd get a little sick of having no lights at night. And I can't check my e-mail from anywhere else that'd drive me a little nuts. but all in all I think I could do it.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

It would be hard. It isn't that I am so attached to the television or my hair dryer or anything of that sort, it is just simple things like not being able to turn on the lights or run the microwave that would drive me insane. But I do think that it would give me time to do a lot of the stuff it is easy for me to put off when I have the distraction of the internet, or the television, or my cd player. It'd probably be good for  me.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I would be perfectly fine if I had my old gas stove. There was a time when I did lose power for about 4.5 days and was the only one in close proximity who could still cook (and not lose everything in my freezer). It's also a heat source since the furnace won't kick on with no power. I hate that the stove I now have is electric. Not for that reason alone, but I really prefer cooking with gas. Otherwise, loss of power can bring the family to playing games together or even sitting around and just plain talking. That can actually be quite a plus!

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

At the moment, I think I would be OK. We have a fireplace and I'd just keep a fire going to keep warm. Mormons believe in being prepared so I have a portable gas stove powered by propane (which I have). However, it would still be a pain in the neck to cook so I'd probably lose weight. (One of the benefits of having no electricity.)

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

Hmmm. Well, my heat is natural gas, so that should be okay. I know how to use a manual can opener and I guess I could build a fire pit out back so I could cook/heat the contents of said can. And I have batteries in my diskman, so...screw it, I'd go stay at a friend's house.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I'd miss my VCR, TV and DVD, but otherwise I honestly think I'd be fine with my portable radio and CD player and candles. . .(I've lived without electricity before. . )

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

Pretty well. The only thing i may miss is the internet.

Kevin2, 18
Frazier Park

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