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When you lose power, you suddenly realize how much you have become dependent on having electricity at all times. While it might be frustrating when it happens just for a short time, a long period of time with no power could be very difficult. You might not even think about some of the problems right away, but the longer the power outage lasts, they become obvious.

When you are uncertain how long the power will be out for, you’d do well to avoid opening up your fridge and freezer unnecessarily. Items in your fridge can last a long time as long as warm air isn’t introduced. When it comes to cooking, you might need to be creative. With a gas stove, you can light it with a match since most modern stoves have an electric spark to ignore the gas. If you have an electric stove, you might be able to grill your food outside.

In homes that get their water from a well, conserving water is important since water will run out with the pump being out of power. Of course, if you live in an area that suffers frequent power outages, having a backup generator can be a lifesaver.

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