I’m trying to use less electric light, and more sunlight.
I open all the blinds and shades during the day to flood the house with lovely soft light so I don’t need to flip the switch. I type outside on the back porch until it’s too dark to see. And when I take a shower or brush my teeth, I do it in the dark. Isn’t that how Abraham Lincoln did it? He studied by candlelight. Of course, he also lived in the hills and had no electricity.
Okay. I’m not actually in the dark. It’s daylight and the blinds are wide open. I know where the soap is. I know where my teeth are. Why do I need to turn the light on?
My biggest problem is trying to go to bed at a decent hour. When the hubby’s out at sea, I have outrageous insomnia. Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of Dateline, but I find it more and more difficult to go to sleep. I need to finish this edit for the manuscript or that post for the blog, or….what was that noise? Did it come from outside or the back porch….or my car? My mind won’t shut off until 3:00 or 6:00 in the morning when everything is finito.
My brother told me I’m a vampire. I sleep during the day and I’m white as a ghost.
I’m not the only one trying to save on the electric bill. My in-laws told me they’ve been doing it for years. “I didn’t realize we were so green until I started reading your blog. We do most all of that stuff,” my father-in-law told me.
When my husband was very young and they lived in Pennsylvania, his mother began the ritual of opening all the windows at 5:00 a.m. and closing them at 9:00 p.m. since no one in rural southwestern Pennsylvania had air-conditioning.
My in-laws have insulated their entire house—doors, windows, and ceiling, switched to a gas stove, and purchased an Energy Star washer, dryer and refrigerator. They’ve installed new windows. Finally frustrated, his father called the electric company. “What do I have to do? I’ve insulated everything. We don’t crank the heat or the air. I’ve switched to Energy Saving appliances. Why can’t I lower my electric bill?” he asked the patient woman on the phone.
And the answer: “Actually, sir, in the past two years you have drastically reduced your electric consumption. It’s just that our rates have gone up.”
My in-laws are therefore saving $50 a month on their electric bill, especially due to the new energy-saving appliances. My father-in-law claims within 15 to 18 months, the savings will have paid for either the washer or the dryer all by itself!
No wonder my husband has such a sharp head on his shoulders. Raised by such wise individuals, they passed it down to him. And we plan on passing it right on down the line!
Do you do anything creative to reduce your electric bill? Like showering in the dark?
Energy saving articles and one about zombie-killing Abraham Lincoln:
- Five Quick Home Energy Saving Tips (txu.com)
- How I Saved Almost $200 on Our Electric Bill (savings.com)
- How to Lower Your Home Energy Bills (mybigearth.com)
- Reducing Energy Consumption Saves Money – Here Are Some Ways (mydecorarticles.com)
- Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies To Make Asylum History (dreadcentral.com)