Electricity is crucial to almost all human endeavors. Hence, to think of what will happen without it is similar to imagining one of the worst things that can happen to mankind. It means you will no longer enjoy the comfortable lives that electricity and electrical devices afford you.
Of course, a world without electricity existed in ancient times. During these periods, humans opted for alternative ways to live. Another way it can reemerge is if humankind exhausts all the electricity available on earth (which is almost impossible).
This guide will walk you through what will happen to a world without electricity, navigating you through the various consequences and positives to expect.
What to Expect in a World without Electricity
As things stand, what will happen without electricity is majorly a series of setbacks. They include:
1. Ancient methods of medicine
A world without electricity simply means reverting to conventional ways of treating diseases and preserving vital specimens like blood or organs. Eventually, there will be increased loss of lives.
2. Basic communication and slower transportation
Another thing that will happen without electricity is slower communication. Smartphones, tablets, or telephones will become useless when there is no electricity to power them.
Hence, basic communication options such as using pigeons, post offices, and personal couriers must be employed.
Transportation would be via local boats or animals, often available only to wealthy families. In other words, most people must walk to reach their destinations.
3. Slow evolution
Industrialization and productivity multiply with the help of electricity. In their absence, work hours will be restricted to daytime. Besides, there is only a little manpower that can be achieved compared to robots and other electrical devices.
4. Limited sources of entertainment
Entertainment sources will also reduce. With electricity, you can watch movies, play video games, and visit malls and other unique venues. However, without electricity, you will be forced to overwork your brain to find ways to keep yourself happy.
5. Shorter shelf life for food products
Yes, conventional methods such as salting or drying can help preserve your food for a long time. However, these methods require your time and attention.
Besides, not every food can be preserved for long using these methods. With electrical devices like refrigerators, you can achieve this seamlessly.
6. Expensive manpower
With more manpower engaged for survival, such services would become expensive compared to when there is electricity and devices that can help. Hence, countries with larger populations and those with cheap labor will grow faster than others.
7. Collapse of large Industries and economies
A continuous decline in productivity often results in the closure or collapse of industries. When remarkable enterprises start to shut down, a country’s economy becomes threatened, and if things stay that way for too long, a collapse is inevitable.
8. Environmental concerns
Lack of electricity will also force humans to look elsewhere for survival. This will include the cutting of trees, hunting, and even poaching. These destructive acts will negatively affect your environment and open you to hazards.
Bright Sides to a World without Electricity
This may come as a surprise, but a world without electricity also boasts of some positives:
1. More physical activity
With electricity, doing things manually will always be optional. However, without it, you have to execute chores manually.
This improves your fitness naturally without the need to visit the gym or participate in demanding exercises like push-ups.
2. Value and appreciation for human
With manpower being the primary production source, you will learn to appreciate and respect manual labor.
There are a lot of carefree behaviors associated with electricity. A world without electricity, albeit temporarily, will help you with some vital reflections.
3. World peace
Another positive thing that will happen without electricity is immense unison and agreement in the division of labor. In other words, world powers must unite without an underlying fight or agenda for power or superiority. Instead, the fight will be unanimous on how to overcome and survive.
Presidents and heads of countries will continue to meet to see how they can help each other. For example, third-world countries may decide to assist with manpower while those with other forms of resources reciprocate the gesture.
World peace and a conducive environment are certain when this flows from the highest level to localities.
How did people live before electricity?
Before the invention of electricity, everyday tasks were carried out by humans (a division of labor), horses, and windmills, to name a few.
Occasionally, gasoline engines fueled devices like washing machines and other equipment.
How has electricity changed lives?
Electricity provides access to rapid communication, transportation, and dissemination of information.
This is because they power devices like smartphones, laptops, televisions, and other modern equipment for as long as you want.
What is the oldest form of energy?
The first and oldest form of energy is the sun. It was the primary source of heat and light without electricity.
Without electricity, fast-paced evolution and invention will not have occurred. Although these events boast of benefits and negative impacts, it is safe to say electricity has made life easier.
Most of the worries oftentimes need electricity to be resolved. You will understand better if you find time to visit less electrified countries.
I hope you found this guide helpful. While electricity makes things easier, their bills may be too much for managing a facility like a greenhouse. For tips on alternative management, please see my guide on how to keep a greenhouse warm without electricity.
Thanks for reading.