This essay is being typed on an electric device by someone sitting in a room lit by light bulbs. This system is comfortable and familiar to many people but for many more this is a dream that may take years of back breaking work to turn into reality and even then, it could just as easily never come true. The following is a snapshot of what 24 hours without electricity might feel like.
Starting the day
Waking before the sun rises in pitch darkness, the candles would have to be found and lit by sight. It is harder to get ready without the help of electricity so much more time must be allocated to every task, hence the early rising. If the resources for oil lamps are present these can be lit too but whatever is available would have to do. The clothing for the day would need to be ironed using a non-electric iron which needs constant reheating. If not, wrinkle free clothing must be source or the wearer looks disheveled. On dressing the rest of the day can begin.
Without refrigeration, sourcing food and keeping it edible becomes much more of a challenge. Leftovers become moldy or rotten quite quickly and fresh meat must be cooked and consumed shortly after purchase. Dehydrated fruits, meats and seafood become a huge part of the diet. In a cold country this might not be as harshly felt but in hot regions this could drastically decrease the amount of available calories and lead to unnecessary food wastage.
Getting work done
Without the benefit of electronics, creating music that can be heard by people far away becomes impossible as does participating in jobs that take place predominantly online. The vast store of knowledge that is the internet becomes inaccessible and students and teachers alike struggle with obtaining resources for research.
After dark in a place without electricity, getting home can be very dangerous, especially for women. Without streetlights, the roads become very easy for people with criminal intentions to hide in. Stores are also much less likely to remain open so that the streets become deserted and a valuable source of revenue is lost out on by business owners.
Many aspects of modern life have become so commonplace to us that we barely realize how much they have changed what we can do and how we do it. To live without electricity for even a day would be a challenge.