Sometimes I get a little tired of the pressure of being a eco, green, envio, sustainable human in the 21st century. I get overwhelmed with informative opinions on what is right, what is wrong, what needs to change, what can we do, what aren't we doing, how can we do it and what effect is it going to have on the future. It's all a bit much to be honest.
I'm not an academic, I do not posses a high level of intelligence.....however....I carry good common sense and practicality with me most days.
Which brings me to our winter power bill, when common sense disappeared for a while. The year before last it was $800....HUGE. Last year $400....BETTER. What did I do? I looked to the past for answers rather than trying to invent a new brilliant modern environmentally sustainable system.
Hot water bottles and woolen blankets did it. Dave and I were running up to date, good star rating, radiant heaters in the kids rooms over night. In hindsight their beds needed to be warm and toasty not their rooms. They now sleep with their doors open so the heat from the wood fires can enter their rooms and this year they will be tucked in with all this handmade goodness.
I didn't need a professor to tell me this, I needed a mother of the early 1900's to give me the tools of the trade. I wish there was a book so we didn't have to re-discover the basics all over again.