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We all know that summer storm season in Australia can get pretty hectic. Cyclones storms, floods, high winds and power outages are commonplace all around Australia for many months during the summer. Losing power is frustrating at the best of times – but if you’ve got a composting toilet, there’s a few things you should know.

What happens if you lose power and you have a composting toilet?

We all know that when you lose power, nothing electrical will work. This isn’t such an issue if the power is only out for a couple of hours, your fridge and freezer will keep your food cold for many hours and a game of Uno or Monopoly can easily replace an evening of TV. The exhaust fan on your composting toilet will also stop working, and that’s OK if you only lose power for a few hours.

Issues start arising when the power goes out for more than a day, or days at a time. If you live in an area that’s struck by flood and/or cyclones you know that power is something that can take a considerable amount of time to get put back on and is directly comparable to the size and scale of the natural disaster you’re hit by.

If your composting toilet doesn’t get the correct amount of evaporation via the exhaust fans, the composting pile will start to get wetter and wetter and can potentially cause issues with the Bacteria, microbes, Actinobacteria, Fungi and Moulds that help your compost pile to break down the waste into usable humus.

Here’s what happens to your composting pile when the power goes out:-

  • After 24 hours compost remains the same
  • After 1 day of no exhaust moisture begins to build
  • After 2 days of no exhaust weaker microbes start to stop working
  • After 3-5 days of no exhaust you may experience an unpleasant smell
  • More than a week of no exhaust will result in your compost microbes starting to die off

How to ensure a healthy compost pile in storm season

One of the easiest ways to ensure that your composting toilet remains in full working order if you live in an area that’s prone to power outages is to install an uninterruptible power supply that will run your exhaust fan from the inbuilt battery if mains power happens to be cut. Once the mains power is back on, the UPS will switch the exhaust fan back over to using mains power.

This is a simple and elegant solution for people with composting toilets that also rely somewhat on mains power in their homes.

Order uninterruptible power supply online

It’s easy to order a UPS online through Ecoflo – take a look at our UPS product below and simply click ‘add to bag’ to get the process started!