Prepare Your Home For Winter & More
Your home is your castle and you should treat it accordingly. Often times people fill their closets and garages with food and gear preps but they forget to prepare their home. You need to prepare your home for winter and so much more and you need to start today. This paycheck is all about taking care of your home and building up your preps to keep you safe in your home during a grid down or survival situation. Food is amazing but enjoyed even more when your not freezing to death. Add a few of the items below to your storage, and perform some routine maintenance now before it’s too late.
Power & Fuel Preps
- Rechargeable batteries in assorted sizes – in quantity
- DC Batteries – in quantity
- Solar Battery Chargers
- Solar Photovoltaic Panel (5 watts or more)
- Generator (Solar powered, diesel ran generators are preferrable. Also, keep in mind that a typical size for a home backup generator is 4,500 watts continuous and 5,500 watts peak.)
- Seasoned Firewood
- Extra parts for any alternative energy equipment and generators
- Extra fuel sources you regularly use (propane, gasoline, diesel, etc.)
- Fuel stabilizers if using gasoline (such as Sta-bil), or diesel fuel supplements to prevent gelling and a diesel antibacterial additive to prevent both growth and gelling.
Prepare Your Home Winter
- Space heater (preferably propane or non-electric)
- Door draft stopper or windows and doors
- Sleeping bag
- Bivvy sac
- Wool socks
- Thermal underwear
- Hand and foot warmers
- Rubber weather sealant
- Window insulation film
- Bubble wrap or an old shower curtain set aside
- Duct tape
- Fireplace plug
Winterize your home before bad weather is expected:
- Check your furnace and replace filters monthly.
- Inspect the fireplace and get it ready for use. Ensure your firewood is properly seasoned, and stored away from the home.
- Insulate your exterior pipes.
- Inspect exterior of home and seal any crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Add insulation to your walls and attic, if necessary.
- Consider purchasing insulated doors and storm windows to further protect your home from the cold. This will also help lower your heating bill.
- Replace cracked glass in windows. If is necessary to replace the entire window, be sure to prime and paint exposed wood.
- If your home has a basement, consider protecting its window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
- Inspect roof, gutters & downspouts and clean out any debris.
- Make a spreadsheet of the total wattage the household uses.
- Purchase your alternative power supply devices and keep in mind if they are compatible to your needs.
- Purchase spare parts for your equipment.
- Ensure that your equipment is kept in a secure location and is unable to be stolen if in use. Hardened bolt-cutter-resistant security chains and a padlock can do wonders!
- When using any alternative power supply, monitor your supply to ensure that the power is not about to run out.