Living Without Access to Electricity
Have you ever tried living without your phone for a day?
If yes, try it again for another day and this time on top of spending a full day with no phone try also living without any electrical lighting, cooking, cooling and heating. A weighty challenge, won by a few.
Perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to a person is being unable to have access to the basic requirements for a normal life. One of these basics is access to clean and affordable energy with lighting and coooking being the major uses for this.
Without access to electricity, you are deprived of a lot of things. No electricity means no power to use your fridge, mobile phone, cooker and telephone lines would be down and in turn no phone signal at all.
Your mobile phones will be useless as the battery dwindles, with no back up charging option, or worse still you might not have the mobile phone as there would be probably other priorities than owning a mobile phone.
Various reasons that lead to lack of access to electricity
- Poverty and being unable to afford any option
- Living in remote areas far from the grid
- Living in illegal settlements and hence cannot have access to proper services
- Unreliable grid which is not available most of the times
- Living in a disaster prone area where any electrical structure will be damaged by natural disasters here and there
According to Our World in Data, the availability (and affordability) of electricity and clean fuels for cooking is strongly related to income. Thus, poor energy access is strongly tied to having a low income.
Lack of access to electricity can mean the following:
- Wastage of productive time since nothing can be done in the dark
- More time fetching firewood, mainly affecting women and children
- Being exposed to dangerous ways of lighting such as use of kerosene
- Lack of access to energy resources, such as human health and access to education
- Heavy impoverishment due to lack of access to basic services such as transport and communication
Have you at least without access to electricity for a day – or maybe for a longer part of life? What has been your experience to this? What do you think should be done to solve this energy poverty challenge?
Give us your experiences in the comments. Looking forward to hear your thoughts.