Please know that I don’t know or hear anything different from what you’re hearing and, as always, this is not political so please don’t make it so.
With all the talk of potential power issues, the cost of power and whatever else can go wrong, Vince and I were talking about what we would do if our power was out for an extended time during the winter. Vince lived through the winter storm in Texas with no power for 5 days so he’s very willing to take steps to make sure we can survive without power.
We are basically all electric except for propane fireplaces which need electricity for the blowers to work, though the fireplaces will burn without electricity, there will be very little heat produced. The stove tops would both work since they are propane. We could have warm food to eat and, so long as there’s water, we could heat water for baths.
It isn’t normal but we can have winter lows in the -20’s . . that’s the temp, not the “real feel”.
We decided to order good four season sleeping bags. I think we could at least survive with those. The downstairs bedroom has three walls that are thick concrete and the fourth wall is shared by the bathroom that is mostly all concrete with no windows in either room. The basement living room has windows so I ordered heavy duty tension rods for those. We have insulated curtains but we have plenty of quilts and many of them still have hanging sleeves so we could push the insulated curtains, which are also on tension rods, closer to the windows and put the quilts more towards the room so hopefully, the double “curtains” would help block some of the cold from the windows. We also have tension rods so we could hang quilts to help stop the warmer air from the basement from going upstairs.
We also ordered more sweat pants and sweat shirts. I prefer a zip up sweatshirt/lightweight jacket that I can wear over t-shirts so I got those. Of course, we have plenty of wool socks. I prefer mittens to gloves for walking the dogs so I dug out all those and made sure we both have several pairs in case one gets wet.
This is the time to think about what you will do to stay warm if there is no power. And, if you don’t have a gas stove that can be lit by a match, it’s time to think about how you will feed yourself and your family.
If you have a woodburning fireplace or wood stove and firewood, you’re lucky! I so wish we had a wood stove that I could cook on during the winter but Vince does not enjoy having something like that – having to cut wood or clean out the stove or fireplace so . . we do what we can.