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Life Unplugged: How You Can Save Money by Saving on Electricity

by Guest on June 28, 2011

If you compare energy pricesonline, you’ll see that there is always room for saving money on your bills. Somebody is always offering a better deal than everybody else. It’s nice to save of course, but the way of the world nowadays stipulates that we have to pay out regularly simply to go about our daily routines.

As much as we don’t like to admit it, modern life in the developed world is almost entirely dependent on electricity. Lights in shops are ablaze for hours on end, computers in offices are overheating from overuse, and TVs in homes are shouting away night after night.

So much of our entertainment and our day-to-day needs and pursuits are based on a reliance on electricity. The scary thing is that this reliance has become somewhat unconscious, almost natural, to the modern day human.

The question is:

Could you live without electricity for a day?

Most people would be inclined, naturally, to say yes, but many others would openly admit that they could never go a day without their phone, laptop or iPod. Well, if you were to go a day without electricity, you could argue that these things could be charged the night before, but that would be cheating now, wouldn’t it? You are still using stored electricity.

The name of the game is to go a whole day without anyform of electricity. If you take a step back and look at the big picture, it doesn’t seem that unreasonable.

Instead of using a dishwasher, hand wash your pots like they did fifty years ago. Instead of watching TV for hours, read a book in candlelight like they did in centuries gone by. Instead of using an oven, cook your dinner over an open fire like they did thousands of years ago.

Well, maybe that last one is a bit far-fetched in this urban age. I wouldn’t advise having an open fire in your apartment or living room and I don’t really fancy being the instigator of a frenzy of fires engulfing the towns and cities across the world.

[Jason: Although you could grill out more! Just don’t use the electronic ignition! ;)]

The point is, there is a lot of money to be saved on your bills if you can just manage to live for 24 hours every month without electricity.

It’s an achievement that would not only ensure that you’re doing your bit for the environment, but it would surely also instill a sense of pride in you that you can indeed live like a caveman (or a modern day caveman, at least, with sinks and dishcloths and candles and matches).

This is a guest post from MoneySuperMarket.com

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