This Old Thing at Windy Thistle

We have all, at one time or another, entertained daydreams of the 'old ways of doing things' before the modern era of hurry up and wait! And, we all want to save money.


Sometimes this means to step back a little and look at what you are spending money on. For instance, your air conditioner. This eats up so much electricity! The old timers didn't have AC but they did have know how and I remember how.


It gets cooler at night here, so we're likely to turn off the AC at night and open all the windows to let in that fresh cool air. Then, in the morning, bright and early, we close the windows, keeping that cool air in. We also pull the blinds on the sunny side of the house to keep that heat out. Some days, we will only turn the AC on in the very hottest part of the day. That's had a big effect on our electric bill.


Another thing that will cool off your general vicinity is to use a box fan and a wet towel over the back of a chair just in front of the fan - you can stave off turning on that expensive AC for a while with this method if you are the only one you are trying to cool off.


Another thing that takes up a lot of your electricity is your clothes dryer. I understand that everyone doesn't have the room to have a solar dryer but you can string one up in a smaller space than you think you need or use folding racks that you can put where you can.


You might have to invest in the clothesline or the rack and clothespins but it will all pay for itself over time AND as an added benefit, you are exercising while you are carrying heavy loads of laundry out and hanging it. This benefits your health as well as your wallet!

There are a lot of other ways to cut corners, like keeping your freezer full of jugs of water to take up empty space.. a full freezer doesn't have to work as hard to keep the food frozen and.. another added benefit - use a frozen jug of water in your cooler for the next picnic - stays frozen longer and you have a jug of drinking water when it melts - or just stick it back in the freezer when you get home. Remember to not fill your jug up to the top, water expands when frozen.


What ways do you use to lower your electric bill?


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