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How to Keep Cool w/o Power?

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    Posted: June 06 2006 at 7:29pm
Here it is June 6, and we have already had a 102 degree day.  The next 5 days are forcasted to be 2in the upper 90's and 3 above 100.  I know the trick about soaking sheets in water and hanging them over the windows.  What would you do to keep cool with no electricity, and a shortage of water? All I can think of is to dig a tunnel underground?  I have a well insulated house, but if the ac is out, it gets hot!
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Battery operated fan?
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I would recommend the neck wrap and something for your head. Your head is a radiator and that's why you should wear a hat in the winter. By keeping you head wet/damp you'll feel cooler when it's warm/hot.
 
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Thanks for the link.  I had the flu once during a Texas summer.... you only think flu makes you miserable in the winter!
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I have been wondering the same thing myself. We had had several days over 100 this week and the next 7 days are all supposed to be over 100 degrees. We do have a battery operated fan, but that will not help much. It doesn't even cool down too much at night when we get into mid summer low 90's and high 80's, still makes it hard to sleep.
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Do what they did in the 'olden days', strip down to the minimum and use light, loose clothing, preferably cotton.
 
 
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Originally posted by ozjohn ozjohn wrote:

strip down to the minimum
 
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It's a bit pricey but:
 
I have a Honda Generator (EU2000 = $1G)
Portable A/C ($300) rolls from room to room and hose vents out window
Special extension cord/power box from generator to a/c ($50)
 
Staying cool in a Texas summer when the power's off = PRICELESS!
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Someone on another thread suggested laying on a tile floor - I guess any floor that doesn't have a rug on it would do.  I'm getting a generator and a small AC unit (WalMart had Coleman 6500 for $524 and you can get a small window unit for under $100 that will cool one room) - I figure I could block off a "sleeping room" and run the AC for an hour or two to cool the room down before everyone goes to sleep, then use the battery operated fans.  I also saw (at WalMart) little battery-powered fans that hang around your neck - don't know how powerful they'd be, but they were only a few bucks.
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I think if it was at night I would almost just want to be hot rather than running a generator and AC and closing off one room. I would be more worried about intruders breaking into another part of my house while I am sleeping and me not being able to hear them. In a regular disaster I probably wouldn't worry about it, but in a pandemic when there are food shortages and people looking for supplies it might make you more of a target with people thinking "oh they have a generator and AC, they must have food and water if they can afford the generator and AC". This is the thing that makes me NOT buy a generator, I keep going back and forth with this one, as far as getting or not getting a generator. I will probably be sorry if I don't get one. Decisions, decisions.....
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Penham, I agree. Like you, we are going back and forth about a generator too. It would be nice, but I don't think we'll buy one, for the reason you mentioned.

Though I think it also depends on what area you live in. If you live in a hurricane prone area, people might already have generators, and it won't look as suspicious, as there will probably be people in a pandemic that will have a generator, but no food. Where we live however, hardly anybody has a generator, and it looks strange if you have a generator at all, so that why we are not getting one.

As far as staying cool, I'm still hoping for more solutions. My baby girl had an high fever this week, she was miserable, stripped to her diaper. I was grateful for the AC, but had to think of a pandemic too.




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Generators are expensive, as noisy as hell, and need a LOT of fuel over say, 3 months.
 
Plan to do without one, unless you are out in the bush.
 
 
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