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Does anyone else do this?

Back in November, we started using candles and hurricane lamps to light the house in the evening.. we already had the lamps and I spend 14.00 / month on lamp oil. Our electric bill went from 140 bucks a month to less than 90. However, we get made fun of alot by our friends for going Amish (but we've been going semi-Amish for years since we bake all our own bread and can and freeze stuff from the garden / orchard). We also stopped buying cleaners and use white vinegar mixed with water for almost everything. Anyone else tried to economize like this and what do you do?

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Asked by plylerjones at 6:19 AM on Jan. 31, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • No but it sounds pretty homey feeling. I have considered doing a 2 nights a week no TV or computer, just play games and spend time, we could do it by lamp light that might be fun.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 6:34 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • Ok I want to bake my own bread can you send me recipes, I love baking and it sounds so fun I might come live with you. LOL!!

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 6:36 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • We have. All out bulbs are the floresent ones. And I watch tv without a light on. I walk around the house in the dark. And try to only turn a light on when I have to see to do things. I hope we have a short winter so I can turn off the furnace.

    Answer by louise2 at 7:24 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • I bake bread and other things of dough,when we have old bread I just put bread in mikrow. or toster to be hot.You can also make a strudla,kiflice,kacamak with jogurt and lots of food with something you already you have in kitchen,or cost a few cents.I m economize every day,I switch on wash mashine only at night when is electric is cheeper

    Answer by ilijana at 7:37 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • I do use candles in the bathrooms for both light and heat; it's amazing how much heat a few tealight candles put out. We cook from scratch, including breads, pizza dough, muffins, cookies and condiments like ketchup, I make all my own shampoo, conditioner, skin creams, perfume, household cleansers and bath soap. In most cases, these things save money, but that's not always why I do it. I'm allergic to almost every personal care product and household cleanser out there.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • I wouldn't care if they called me Amish as they passed me going to the bank.

    Answer by gammiej at 8:30 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • Well, if your friends think you're Amish for doing those things, then I've been Amish my whole life. I grew up canning stuff from the garden & orchard and still do, I bake bread from scratch, I raise chickens for eggs & food, I used to cook on a woodstove and we still heat with a wood furnace, I make my own laundry detergent, and I use vinegar & baking soda for the majority of my cleaning. I, too, prefer low lights but hubby prefers electric so we use the CFC bulbs in most rooms.

    I think you're being smart.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:14 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • Really, I just wouldn't have the time for all that. Back when I had more time, I loved to sit at night with the candles lit, but I am hardly ever home now, so I feel the need to pamper myself when I am.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:03 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • lol as I'm sitting here in the dark at the computer. I have I think 2 lights on in the whole house, and though its dark in here, I really feel cozy. I bake and cook homemade meals 90% of the time, and just started baking our own yeast breads (its much easier than I thought it would be!). I also use vinegar/water to clean. The only time I've used bleach recently was a toilet overflow, and I could not stand the smell of it then. I was coughing all day, that stuff is so toxic. And instead of buying scented carpet powders and stuff like that, I sprinkle baking soda on my carpets, let it sit for 5 minutes, then vacuum up and it absorbs any odors in the carpet. If I had a place to put a clothes line, I would even line dry my clothes in the spring/summer. I don't even pay electric or water here (military housing), and I still try to conserve. I enjoy doing it.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 10:57 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

  • I am on a path to simple living....How ever the worry I would have about using lamp oil is........ in a well sealed house you would build carbon monixide.....please make sure you have a detector in your home.

    Answer by ccmj at 11:04 AM on Jan. 31, 2010

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