What would you do for electricity in the event of a total grid failure? How about taking advantage of free energy from wind, water or the sun?
Setting up a solar power system for your whole house might seem out of reach at first, but Alan and Arlene Fiebig show us how it can be done in Prepper’s Total Grid Failure Handbook. DestinySurvival Radio features a two part conversation with Alan Fiebig.
If you missed the first half of our conversation, click here for part 1.
Keep reading for highlights of the second half of our visit as well as a few more thoughts on the book. And, of course, below is a link to hear the podcast.
If you had to live totally off the electrical grid, you’d need alternative ways to power devices and small appliances.
You wouldn’t try to power energy hogs like a washer and dryer. You’d find ways to do laundry and dishes by hand.
You’d have fans instead of an air conditioner.
You’d find alternatives to an electric stove, such as a wood burning stove and a sun oven. You might be able to use a microwave oven on rare occasions.
You’d use people-powered generators to charge phones or other small electronics.
You’d do it like the Fiebigs have done.
The bottom line is, you’d use less power overall. And that’s the power the Fiebigs can guide you into providing for yourself.
Alan says doing laundry by hand was the biggest adjustment they had to make. They miss central air conditioning, but they’ve come up with other ways to keep reasonably cool.
He reminds us that the worst application for electricity is to create heat of any kind. For example, forget about using an electric toaster oven. Don’t even think about a clothes dryer.
How the Fiebigs handle refrigeration makes for fascinating reading in their book. Alan described it in our conversation as well.
It’s a myth that solar power has to cost thousands and thousands of dollars. The Fiebigs’ system cost about $2,500.
That’s a good price for getting energy from the sun. It’s also a good deal compared to what you’d pay for other alternative power options.
Alan says a solar power system shouldn’t cost $10,000-$20,000 for a system like theirs. He advises you and me to walk away from anyone who offers financing.
Alan and Arlene wrote Prepper’s Total Grid Failure Handbook to give you the guidance you need for becoming more self reliant where electricity is concerned. And they want to help you avoid the mistakes they’ve made.
For example, one of the mistakes they hope you’ll avoid is the use of thin film panels. The kind of panels they use are much smaller and more efficient. They give specific component recommendations because they know they work, but they’re not promoting a turnkey system.
Speaking of efficiency, the Fiebigs’ system is a winner. They use one tenth the Wat/hours the typical home uses. And they’re not suffering. They have the electricity they need for survival.
Fiebigs have done workshops on why they use 12 volt DC power for nearly everything in their home, but Alan concisely packed critical information into a few minutes durin our chat. The biggest advantage to doing it their way is efficiency. Alan’s comments are sensible and convincing.
Sourcing Higher Power
On the book’s dedication page you’ll find the mention of Noah of Bible times and a reference to Hebrews 11:7. The Fiebigs wanted to dedicate their book to the Savior, Jesus Christ, who they believe has guided them along the path they’re on.
In the King James Version, that verse says:
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
People in Noah’s day likely thought he was crazy for building an ark, but he was proven right for doing so. So it is with getting prepared. Those who are ready will one day be vindicated.
I appreciate the verse cited above because it shows Noah had both faith and fear. Faith and fear aren’t mutually exclusive. The lesson for us is to keep moving forward because faith can overcome fear.
Seeking More Knowledge
If you’ve heard the first part of my visit with Alan Fiebig, you know how well he makes the complicated simple. I invite you to hear the conclusion of our conversation by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for May 4, 2017. (Right click to download.)