The Passive Prepper
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Prepper.” It denotes a survivalist, someone who actively prepares for emergencies including social or political disruptions from local to international. We think of stockpiling food water or medical supplies and becoming selfsufficient, even to go as far as building underground shelters to survive a catastrophe. Some degree of this is wise for all of us.
We think of this in terms of natural disasters, economic collapse, pandemic, failure of the power grid etc., but the thing we could all prepare for is getting older retirement and reduced capacity to provide income. We have all witnessed increases in the prices of utilities, food, and fuel. I recently saw a TV commercial trying to tell me I will need one million dollars to retire, and showing some handsome grey haired fellow sitting on the beach or climbing a mountain. I found this scary and comical, not the reality most of us face unless we are a lottery winner or CEO of a Wall Street firm or Bank.
We can reduce the amount of money we need for retirement by simplifying our lives, reducing our need for some or all the on the grid energy, and introducing the ideals of “permaculture” into our homes and lives.
Now we could all look at other ways to reduce our needs and at the same time strive to make a more efficient, comfortable life.
What I’m gong talk about here is passive preparation, a middle ground step by step approach to preparing for all the above-mentioned scenarios. It can seem like it’s getting to the point where you are making a difference is overwhelming, but just little things add up. I started by replacing my security lights with inexpensive solar security systems, then began to examine my electric usage unplugging and removing things I don’t need, and have reduced my bill by more than half. I guess you could call this green thinking, but I’m just trying to reduce the amount green coming out of my wallet. Lots of us who live out here in Catron County New Mexico have already thought about this, that’s part of why were here. The cost of land here in our neighborhood is well below the national average so we already have an advantage and a good start.
In this column I will be exploring ways to work with nature reduce waste, share abundance, observing and interacting with people of the same mindset. I will try to present ideas that make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources. This month’s tip: Replace “on the grid” security lights with self contained, remote solar powered security lights that are very easy to install anywhere. They can be found on the web for very little money and will pay for them selves quickly. I got mine at Amazon.com but have seen them in hardware stores and at places like Harbor Freight
I look forward to your ideas and solutions. Send them to: email@example.com