In this blog post I shared that what I would miss most in a grid-down scenario is ice. I seriously need my iced tea everyday.
Truth be told, though, I could exist without iced tea but many of you have family members who rely on medications that must be kept refrigerated — matter of life and death.
Well, if you’ve priced solar refrigerators or those powered by other fuels, the price tags are a real wake-up call. However, I have a suggestion that is much, much lower priced AND will be far easier to operate without electrical power: the lowly dorm-sized fridge.
Powered by a generator, these tiny refrigerators use as little as 90 watts of power and could keep milk, fresh produce, and drugs such as insulin cool. A standard refrigerator requires far more power.
Yes, you’ll need a generator (check out solar generators if you can’t store a lot of gasoline/diesel or don’t want to), but if a loved one requires medication that must remain cool, this solution is low-cost and compact. You’ll find them on Craigslist as well as in home improvement stores.
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