Generating Your Own Power

Generating Your Own Power

How important is power? In 2013, Toronto was hit with a massive ice storm that covered power lines and trees bent over from the weight of ice. Luckly for our family, our house and the rest of my street was relatively untouched. While everyone was panicking from power loss, my house still had power and we could watch all the events unfold on the TV. Then around noon, when the sun had come up and the ice started to melt, our power went out. For two days. It was not from any branches hitting the wires, or from water getting into the power box… or whatever ice storms do. It was because the power company had cut power to our street (without warning), to work on another street that was damaged. When it seemed like the worst of it was over, our “disaster” was just beginning. Have you ever experienced a power outage in the winter? At first, it was just darker in the house. With daylight, everything seemed normal. By 10 pm the house started to cool inside and we had to bundle our infant daughter in her heavy pajamas plus a sleep sack – which is just a glorified sleeping bag for infants. Usually we sleep fine in a cool bedroom, so we were not affected. By the time morning had arrived (around 7 am), our house had dropped drastically in temperature. So much so, that we could see our breath. Even the cat was cold. We don’t have a fire place in our house. I was a recent purchase, and it is an uncommon feature in...