Candles for preparedness. The lights go out when the grid goes down. One of several ways to light up a room is the candle.
There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of several lit candles in a room at night. Some may find it to be romantic. Or simply calming. If you’ve ever sat around a campfire, you know the somewhat mesmerizing effect of watching a flickering flame.
Sure, there are other sources of light that you might use during a power outage or grid-down situation such as the ‘hurricane’ oil lamp, flashlights, headlamps, solar-powered landscape LED lights, lanterns, etc..
However lets look at the ordinary candle as an option too.
How Much Does It Cost To Burn A Candle?
Awhile ago I figured out how much it costs per hour to burn a candle for each of several different types. Tea light, votive, pillar, and taper candle sticks. I wanted to discover what might be a economical choice for stocking up on some candles for preparedness.
I had a look at lots of the candles available from Amazon and calculated the cost per hour to burn them – while looking for the best price.
Here are my updated results for the lowest operating candle costs…
2-cents per hour Votive Candles
Based on current pricing (always subject to change), the least cost-per-hour candle that I could find are the following Votive Candles. They burn approximately 10 hours each.
10-Hour Unscented Votive Candles (72)
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2-cents per hour Tea Light Candles
The following Tea Lights will burn ~4 hours. The burn cost is similar to the votive above.
4-Hour Unscented Tea Light Candles (120)
8-cents per hour Pillar Candles
If Pillar candles are your style, the best value are the following 5″ 40-hour Pillars…
40-Hour Unscented Pillar Candles (12)
9-cents per hour Taper Candles
The best value (cost vs. burn time) for Taper-style candle sticks are apparently the following 7″ tall 7-hour candles (1″ base).
7-Hour Candle Sticks (45)
Candles are probably the least safe when it comes to alternative lighting. It stands to reason that an open burning flame in your house could present a problem. A few common sense tips include the following:
- Set candle on a non-flammable solid base (holder)
- Don’t burn near anything flammable (curtains, etc.)
- Kids in the house? Use extreme caution re: placement
- Pets in the house? Be sure the candle is out of reach
- It’s never good to leave a burning flame unattended
- Never leave the house with candles burning
Store candles in a cool place (out of direct sunlight) so they will not melt or warp. Ask me how I know…
Candles For Preparedness
So, do any of you store extra candles for alternative lighting?
A number of years ago I purchased a lot of candles for this purpose. Votive seemed to be the best general value, so I focused on that style. Although I also purchased a quantity of tea light, pillar, and taper style.
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