Hello dear reader,
Thanks for dropping by again. The nights seem to have drawn in so quickly this season and it’s dark as I arrive home and by the time I’ve walked the dogs, it’s well and truly night time. I’ve noticed something. Some houses are lit up like Las Vegas. They have the wide screen TV, all the lights on, the curtains wide open and no one in the room. I often blog about saving water but tonight I wanted to take time to think about light.
We make some of our own. All of our exterior lights are solar powered. We charge our phones and batteries with solar power and then use that stored energy. We put the batteries in a couple of battery powered lamps and have them glowing gently where we need to see to get by, but not necessarily read or do anything that requires bright light. We only have the light on in the room we are in. The room is heated by wood, gently lit by solar power and we only turn on the mains power if we need to read something. All of our bulbs are eco bulbs and I really like their warm glow and the fact you have to let them ‘warm up’ for a few seconds. I usually put my bedside light on, go clean my teeth and then come back and read.
All this may sound somewhat parsimonious but we’re using a fraction of the energy we used to and every quarter, after a meter reading, we discover we’re using less than before. You see, my house isn’t lit up like Las Vegas and we cope just fine. We heat and light one room, live in in quite cosily, with lap tops, cosy blankets, warming cuppas and the stove glowing in the hearth. I don’t even put the lights on as a move from room to room, I allow my eyes to adjust to the dim winter light and then dim lamp light and enjoy hunkering down in the evenings. I go to bed earlier at this time of year, I’m always in bed and asleep by nine at night and get up early to make the most of the low winter sun in the mornings. I like adapting to the seasons in ways I never used to when I heated and lit my house at the touch of a switch. I’m living lightly on a lot less and I like it.
I’m off to bed now and as always, I’m reading two books at once. I’m flicking through and settling occasionally on pages from………..
Also, I’m also engrossed in and totally loving this…..(Foster Mummy – I must pass this on to Man Wonderful….)
Do you save light? ~Do you hunker down and cosy up on these dark winter nights? Do share xx
Love Froogs xxxx