First, I should touch on March Challange, its coming along just fine, no issues to note to date, I will do a week round up on Food Storage Friday.
Second, nothing wrong here, just that this amazing (odd) weather has been putting in hours into the yard/garden/training the cow, and it means that time in the house is more limited and I am tired to boot.
So got my power bill in the mail for the worst months of the winter 2012, that would be jan and feb, and I was thrilled to see that we are down 56 kw per day over last winter, which in turned saved us several hundred in power costs, always a good thing, I have been quite pleased that this winter, we have each month been a min of 20% less per day and in some cases as high as 40% less power use.
DH and I are having talks about considering biting the bullet and getting a new energy star fridge and dryer, I know, I know, at least half of you, went.. use the line, and I do! but I have alot of hounds and purrpots and in order to get the hair off the work /good clothes, I have to use the dryer to make it happen.
The question is trying to figure out how much power my machines are using and how many years would it take pay off the difference, the dryer came with the house and is still going strong, the fridge was got for $10 at a farm sale and works perfectly.. So I have ordered a gadget that will allow us to find out what they are in fact using in terms of power. That will help me figure out what to do in that regard..
I have to admit that the there has been a real difference in going back to being a single vehicle family, while I find myself thinking, O I should do this today.. and then remember, I can’t as I am on the farm and the van is with hubby.. I do see the difference in the bank account, no second gas alloted, no second insurance payment etc..
Still the higher cost of oil along with the effects of weather seem to be showing themselves everywhere I turn, my pasture is green!! right now and the cows are being locked up to keep from damaging the land, and as many of the pastures gates are closed to keep the sheep off them, but in the pasture they do have, they are out eating fresh greens in March!
We tend to do pretty much everything on the farm by hand, It means that the skills are learned and worked, and it helps keep us healthy (the farm is our gym) but it also gets us off the power grid.
Doomer posted about her pantry being money in the bank, and I have to agree, but I am going to take it one step further for me here on the farm.. yes, my pantry is indeed money in the bank, and compared to the rising costs of food, I am getting more bang for my buck then I would in a savings account.
Here on the farm, the gardens, the animals are also money in the bank, but so are my tools! Those wonderful old fashion hand tools, tools that let me trim feet, tools that let me work my gardens, tools that let me trim the trees, tools that let me self-butcher at home, tools that let us cut, dry and roll our own hay.. all of these things cost time to use this is true but there have lasted us for years already and I hope they will last us years to come.
They require no shop to spring or fall tune them, they require no oil changes, no gas or propane to run, just elbow grease.. We often see folks talking about getting things in the kitchen that require no power, so I ask, how are you doing in regards to removing power from your outside life? Do you rake your leaves or use a leaf blower or a lawn tractor with a leaf pickup?