There are many forms of energy to be concerned with as well
as many sources of energy. Some of these sources are renewable
while others can be recharged. Some are quite dangerous and
others are not.
Charger - This usually refers to the recharging
of batteries to be used in an electric device. Some chargers
are built into the device that needs the batteries. Others are
such that the batteries need to be removed and inserted into
the charger. Be sure to only put rechargeable batteries into a
battery charger. Also, since there are several different kinds
of rechargeable batteries, make sure your charger can charge
the kind you have.
Chargers can use the following as their source of energy to
- Automobile Current (DC)
- House Current (AC)
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Fuel - There
are many kinds of fuels available to provide the energy to make
our lives more comfortable. However, some are very dangerous
and should not be stored by the general public, such as
gasoline. Consider the following fuels and determine if you
would need any of them:
Burner- This is a homemade burner that
can be used to keep someone warm or to cook
with. Click here to learn more about
- This is useful in starting fires and in making
fire-starting equipment such as Buddy Burners. It is
flammable, but it can be safely stored and it is not
- Charcoal Chimney
Starter - This is a barrel shaped can that
allows you to light charcoal with just paper and a match,
no liquid fuel needed. First put some wadded up paper in
the bottom and then pour charcoal on top. Then light the
paper and soon you will have fully engulfed charcoal.
To see some Charcoal Chimney Starters, click
- This is a safe fuel to store but it is not safe to use
indoors. It can kill. In storing it, be sure to keep it
sealed away from moisture because it will otherwise absorb
moisture from the air, rendering the charcoal useless.
- Diesel -
This is a fuel that is required for certain heavy duty
equipment such as large trucks and tractors. It cannot
be mixed with gasoline so keep them in separate cans that
are well marked.
- Dung -
Yep, straight from the other end of the cow. The
pioneers used this as a source for their fires when there
was no wood around. It works.
Starter - There are a couple of different
items that fall under this category. One is a combination
of flint (or magnesium) and steel that can be struck
together to produce a spark that can become the beginnings
of a nice fire. The other is a combination of paraffin and
wood chips that have been melted together to form a stick.
This stick can be lit on fire, even in a rain storm.
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- This is a great fuel. It is not volatile, easy to store
and it lasts a long time. It does require special equipment
and some muscles to use it, but it is very reliable.
- This is very dangerous and it has a very short shelf
life. We do not recommend storing any quantities of
gasoline. We are not opposed to you keeping your vehicles
and equipment more than 3/4 full. If you are going to
store a gasoline powered device for a season, be sure to
put some drops of fuel stabilizer in the tank and run the
engine for a minute or two before you store the device
for the season. This will eliminate the need to
drain all of the fuel out of the tank. Be sure that you
only store gasoline in a proper gas can. Make sure the lids
are tightly closed. Except for your garage, do not take
gasoline into the house (or a tent). Never use gasoline to
start a fire. It is highly explosive and it just might
scare the life out of you, literally when it goes
Fuel - This is a fuel that comes in a
can. It is not explosive and can be easily stored.
- Kerosene -
This is a flammable liquid that has been used for
thousands of years. A form of Kerosene is used as jet
Gas - This is not really portable. It is
delivered through pipes that are underground and it is
mainly only used by devices inside your home.
- Newspapers - These are flammable,
but they can be carefully stored. They are helpful in
- This is candle wax. It can be melted down and shaped
into candles. It can also be poured into cans
with wicks, wood chips, paper or cardboard to make a
fuel that can be used in cooking.
- Propane -
This fuel is a gas. It comes in various sizes of tanks and,
although it will burn and even explode, it is not as
dangerous as gasoline.
- Sun -
This is the mother of all fuels. We do not need to store
it and it should never run out. However, it may
not be there the moment we might need it. Therefore, its
power should be converted and stored in some other
form for use later.
- White Gas
- This is a liquid fuel that is used in lanterns and cook
stoves. It should be treated the same as gasoline
- Wind -
This can be considered a fuel because it can be used to
power devices that can be useful.
- This is a device that can produce electricity.
Generators have made a lot of progress in the past few decades.
They are quieter than they used to be. There are propane models
that do not rely on you to store dangerous quantities of
gasoline. Propane does not go bad like gasoline does. If you
have an outdoor barbecue, you can share a tank with your
generator. You could even get a large tank that could be a good
backup for all your propane needs.
Use care around a generator because the current they
generate can be fatal, just like house current. Generators
are sometimes noisy, so perhaps getting a long extension
cord could provide some peace and quiet. Be sure to get one
that can handle the load over the distance.
Generators can be powered by many different fuels. The most
popular ones are those powered by gasoline or
propane. Some of the types of generators are as
- Hand Crank
- Natural Gas
- White Gas
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This is a device that can take DC power and convert it to
AC power. That means that if you have a source of DC power like
a 12 volt DC automobile battery, that power can be
converted to AC power. They are small, inexpensive, light
and you might consider putting one in each of your autos. It
plugs into the cigarette lighter and it is has a place to plug
in a power cord from a device. An inverter can be used
to supply electricity to certain devices that
require AC power such as:
- Battery Chargers
- DVD Players
- Music Players
To see some Inverters, click these links:
Moving Water -
This can be used to put some devices to work, such as a
watermill, which can drive a saw at a sawmill. It can also be
used to drive a generator that produces electricity.
Solar - As its
name implies, Solar Energy comes from the sun. Modern people
are relearning what their ancestors already knew about Solar
Energy. If you have an emergency and the sun will be shining,
you can probably take advantage of it to accomplish some of the
- Cook Food
- Get a Suntan - Sunshine is a good source of Vitamin
- Heat Water
- Purify Water - Using a solar still, dirty water can be
made pure. Click here for
more on a Solar Still.
- Recharge Batteries - Then those batteries can be used
in such things as the following:
- Cell Phone
- Cordless Shop Tools
- Music Player
- Signal for Help - Using a mirror, you can reflect
sunlight up to airplanes that signals S.O.S., which is the
universal call for help.
Wind - For
centuries, farmers have harvested the wind to bring well water
to the surface for their livestock out in the fields. This is
called a windmill. Today, huge commercial wind farms are
popping up all over the country and this source of renewable
energy is being used to generate electricity.