WAR ON ENERGY: What You Can Do to Prepare | by Lynette Zang


Have you seen what’s happening in Europe with their energy circumstance? You do not want to be in that position. There are many different ways that you can make sure that you are Energy secure. Let’s talk about a few of them because you need to be as Energy independent as you possibly can be.


Have you seen what’s happening in Europe with their energy circumstance? Do you wanna be in that position? No, you do not, coming up.

If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concerned for the future. And you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold & Silver

I’m Lynette Zang, Chief Market Analyst at ITM Trading. And because of that work, a proud prepper here at BGS Beyond Gold & Silver, because while gold & silver should absolutely be the foundation of every single portfolio, you need real money. You need to hold it so you can own it. You need more than just gold and silver, you need Food, Water, Energy, Security, and even Barterability as well as that Community piece and Shelter. So one of the key pieces of the mantra is indeed Energy. And that’s what we’re gonna talk about a little bit today. And there are so many different ways that you can make sure that your Energy secure. And let’s just talk about a few of them because you need to be as Energy independent as you possibly can be. So that what is happening over there in Europe with Russia, cutting off the gas supplies, or at least minimizing them to a large degree, what if I’m right? What if I’m wrong? You don’t wanna be impacted by that, or at least I could tell you, I don’t wanna be impacted by that.

Because what you think of as secure may not be so secure throughout the entire Cold War. And in the decade, since Russia was a stable supplier of gas to Europe that changed this week, shocker. So now what they’re looking at is actual gas rationing, and you know, how is it gonna go? I mean, we don’t really know how that rationing is going, what that’s gonna look like, but I’m sure that they’re gonna determine who needs it more than others that need it. So the public will get a minimal amount. I mean, I just wouldn’t wanna be in that circumstance. My car is hybrid. I would frankly do all electric. If I could get the range and also get a vehicle that could actually make it to my bug out location.

So I’m kind of having a bit of both in that regard, but in Europe they have never been this dependent on gas. Oops, I didn’t mean to do that. Sorry, on gas supplies. This is what they produce. And you can see that that’s been declining since 2004, what they produce while what they consume has continued to grow. Now, of course, if we’ve got a global slow down, maybe people won’t need as much gas, but they’re still going to need some level of energy to heat their homes, etcetera, etcetera. You don’t wanna be in that position. So here the US is stepping in and of course we have our strategic petroleum reserves, but look at what that looks like. Even we’re running out of those. And so it’s been really interesting because on the one hand, we’re trying to shift into a green economy. So money in the old the old sources for energy has been declining, but now they want them to like, bring those up faster. Again, look, you just need to be as Energy independent as you possibly can be. So even, you know, even for up here in diesel, and I didn’t know this, I just found this out recently. A lot of you were probably gonna go, you didn’t know that Lynette, but you can make diesel out of cooking oil. So diesel might not be such a bad option for running your vehicles because I have an oil press. And so I could make my own oil. I don’t know if I can make enough of that, but there are lots of options that you should look at. So yeah, provider of the barrel of last resort, but for how long? I mean, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Plus we know about the power grid and how increasingly unreliable it is. Large sustained outages have occurred with increasing frequency in the US over the past two decades. In 2000, there were fewer than two dozen. So less than 24 major disruptions, the data shows in 2020, the numbers surpassed 180. So from less than 24 outages to over 180 outages, can you see this coming? This is a pattern. This is one reason why it’s critically important for you to become as Energy independent, as possible, as quickly as possible utility customers on average experience, just over eight hours of power interruptions in 2020, more than double the amount in 2013. Now, if you’re in California, those numbers are gonna be a lot higher, maybe even in Texas, but the point is the trend and the trend is growing and the power grid is, you know, they, they talk so much about infrastructure. That’s always gonna be the answer, but then somehow things just never quite managed to get done. It’s just a lot of talk, but this is why you need to be as Energy independent as possible up at my bug out location. Last year we put in a new power grid and we just recently discovered when, when somebody’s staying here ran the air conditioning all night, which I haven’t had to use the air conditioning at all, but that, that drained all the batteries. And I could tell you <laugh> I have a lot of batteries, so we’re gonna have to look at that and increase it, but I have a good start and a good foundation. Everything that you see here, cause that’s where I am right now is in the bug out location. This is all running off of solar batteries. So we also have wind up here and, and some other things we’ll, we’ll talk about that.

But here are some sources of power. You wanna be Energy independent, it’s wind hydroelectric, solar, and that is all absolutely renewable sources and actually pretty easy to do and reasonable to do in, in just a small home environment. It gets obviously bigger when you go, you know, to trying to create it for the masses. But if you’re trying to just create energy for yourself, there are some really well I’ll show you those easy things or reasonably easy things that you can do. And there’s lots of information on the internet on this. So we’re still dependent on petroleum, natural gas, coal. These are the things that you can stockpile some of this, right? Which we’re doing with the petroleum. We also have natural gas tanks, but as time moves forward and I’m done with this, then all of the like the stove and the different things that require natural gas I do have large tanks, etcetera, but it still does mean that I am dependent upon somebody else. So I’m gonna be changing those out over time. Not, not too much longer, which is kind of like one step at a time. I’m doing a lot right at this moment, but I’m gonna be changing those to solar so that I’m not as dependent on natural gas. And we don’t do anything with coal up here, but that is an option. It’s what they used to use years and years ago. But you have to figure out what are your circumstances and what what’s gonna work for you because even in these Energy independent, even if you live in an apartment, you’re still gonna have some small choices and I’ll show you that.

Okay. So first of all, this is the progress that we made and you can see the before. So they had batteries. There was solar here, but it was really just set up for like a little weekend getaway. And I could tell you what a pain in the butt it was when we’d come up here because I was constantly having to do something with these batteries, but now, and you can see in this picture too, I have lots more room. So it takes up a lot less space. The batteries are, you know, I mean these were 2009 batteries. These were 2021 batteries. So they have much bigger capacity, but I can add which I’m gonna do. I can add and add and add, I have a whole room so that as I’m building the shelters on this property, we’re gonna, and the hot houses, etcetera, we’re gonna be able to run cable and provide electricity for all of these units. There might be a better way to do it. I don’t know. We’ll bring will back in to figure that out, but we wanna make sure that we have energy. These were the panels before you can see, I mean, it’s just changed with technology so much, and this was the inverter room before and after. So there are systems of all sizes. So that’s what I said. And I’ll show this to you and they’re not that expensive. So you can make sure that you can keep a refrigerator and a freezer running because as we move forward into hyper inflation, I hate to say this. I can almost guarantee you that there will be more brownouts, more blackouts because that’s what other countries show as they’re going through this.

Now, one thing that I find is really interesting and actually we’re gonna be building a pond with the waterfall. And so I don’t know if this is gonna give us enough, but I’m gonna look into it and I’ll, and if it’s something that we can create up here, you are gonna be privy to that too. But micro hydropower can be one of the most simple and consistent forms of renewable energy on your property. All you have to do is have water flowing through your property, and then you would consider building a small hydro power system to generate electricity. And by the way, the links to all of this are below and on the blog as well. But you can see that it’s pretty simple. And there is an area where we’re gonna be putting in a swimming pond with a waterfall. So as we’re designing it, this is what we’re gonna be keeping in mind so that maybe we can generate some energy using water, pretty inexpensive, pretty and pretty simple as well. Also, you know, wind is a great resource. If you live in a place where you get a lot of wind on our location, we can get wind up to 120 miles an hour, which is one big reason why I chose stainless steel for, for the foundations and everything of my hot houses for growing. But, you know, it’s pretty simple. So I have one wind turbine we probably need another one, but as we move forward, since I have the solar and that’s meeting a lot of my needs, I’m going to look into reactivating that maybe putting in a new one, maybe putting in a second one. But, but you don’t need much. If you have wind a couple of a couple of wind turbines or windmills, and you can generate enough energy for just your property. So to help determine the suitability of your site for a small electric wind system, you need to develop an estimate for your site’s average annual wind speed or wind resource. And again, then those go get held in batteries that energy gets held in batteries and then gets distributed as you need it, you know, are any of these systems perfect? No, like I said, I had someone staying at the cabin and he decided to put the air conditioning on all night and it drained all the batteries. Of course, the next day the sun came out and the batteries were all refilled and it’s not been a problem, but you do need to be aware of what your circumstances are and what will really work for you.

Because there are many, many different ways to become energy independent. I’ve just talked about a couple in this video. But I think something that I personally have, I have it down in my Phoenix home, but you need to be able to cook. So a little, you know, go like you’re camping, go out, get yourself a little stove, get a bunch of canisters of propane and you’ll be able to function and cook without using any energy. And if your gas supplies are cut off, here is a generator. It’s a small generator, but charge for free in the sun, fume free, silent and safe, right? So something like this would be easy to do, actually all of these things would be pretty easy to do. Even if you’re in a little apartment and all you have is a window or all you have is a small balcony and there are other generators, etcetera, etcetera. So you need to take a look at that because blackouts and brownouts are going to become a lot more prevalent and we’ve already seen that happening. So you wanna make sure again, what if I’m right? What if I’m wrong? If you get these things and you hold them along with water storage and, and all of those things in the mantra, Food, Water, Energy, right? Security, Barterability, Wealth Preservation, Community, and Shelter.

If you make sure that you have all of those things at whatever, you know, whatever capacity you can do into whatever circumstances you live in, then you’re gonna be in a much, much better circumstance as the hyperinflation kicks in because are we going into a recession? Uhhuh <affirmative> yes we are. And what are they going to do to fight that recession? They’re gonna make the money that they printed in 2020 look like chump change. There’s your hyperinflation. I’m sure it’s already started. I’ve been saying that since the beginning, I’ve been saying that once they said, well, we’re gonna, we’re gonna focus on an average of 2%. Yeah. Now they are committed to getting us back down to that 2% average and they’re gonna do whatever it takes. Really? Really are they gonna do whatever it takes? Cause I don’t think they will. I think you’re gonna see such a hard pivot as the world devolves into, well, we’re already in stagflation, but into a recession, maybe a depression? Get yourself prepared, get your family prepared. It is time to become Energy independent. And until next we meet, please be safe out there. Bye-Bye.



  • Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

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