Monday, May 25, 2009

Electric traditions revisited

If you read the post, "Electric traditions," did you join us in making an enviromental statement a frugal one?

If you did, how's it going? Once a week? More? Once a month? Less?

To be honest, I forgot to do it on a regular basis. I sometimes do it just because. It's on my calendar now, once a week. Maybe more.

Not only does turning off the electricity make us aware of the times we waste it, it makes us appreciate it when we need it. Turning it off for an hour will save a dollar or so on the electric bill in most households and that's more than vacuuming the refrigerator coils. Four times a month times 12 months... do the math, then increase or decrease it to suit yourself.

It's an easy way to save a buck and it can be an opportunity to teach your kids, create a family time and relax and reflect.


  1. No, I didn't join in the "Electric Traditions," but we are frugal with our electricity. Most of our "electric" savings was for other reasons, but the result is the same. We have no TV, no showers two days in a row, rarely use the radio, dryer used only in an "emergency," no blender, no microwave, no electric stove, and more that I cannot think of right now. Every little bit helps.

  2. That won't wash with my DH. However, there is no reason I can't turn the electricity off for an hour or so when he's at work. By gosh, I'm going to do it. Thank you, Peg

  3. Gigi, I have a few more things that take electricity than you do, but still keep it fairly low. Even then, it's worth it to me to do an hour now and then. It's amazing how peaceful a house seems without it.

    Peg, do it! As long as you're there by yourself, it doesn't matter if no one else approves! :)

  4. It was a very good post indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in my lunch time. Will surely come and visit this blog more often. Thanks for sharing.