All right, enough of this seeming like a sane, average homeowner…doing economically viable energy efficiency projects that look good, use modern materials, raise the value of my home, and don’t require me to change my lifestyle… Time to get my crazy on again.
So I have put all my fridge stuff in a cooler with some frozen goods I need to defrost, and a few ice packs (except for the 2 shelves worth of compost that was in my fridge that I need to get around to taking out to the backyard pile), and I have put all my freezer stuff in the borrowed chest freezer with my salmon and alaskan pig. Then I unplugged my fridge. I meant to do this a couple of months ago – as soon as winter took hold enough that I could freeze ice packs outside to keep the cooler cold, but even the simple changes can require a lot of time to get around to. Nice to not have that noisy, old, power gobbling fridge chugging away anymore. Maybe by summer, or at least before I have to give the chest freezer back I’ll get a new energy star fridge. Until then, the unplugged beast will still make a good cooler if I run out of room in the portable picnic cooler, especially the freezer compartment. It has the disadvantage of not having a top lid (that allows cold, dense air to stay put instead of sliding out the door), but is otherwise a decently insulated and sealed compartment. OOh…maybe I could use it as a hay-box cooker with some wool blankies (maintain heat instead of cold)! I’ll report on that it I ever do.
The other crazy efficiency initiative is that I have fairly purposefully (though partly through laziness) only half fixed a leaky faucet. My tub faucet, which needed new washers 2 years ago, was dripping massive amounts of hot water again. So I turned off the house water long enough to cut the supply pipes and successfully install water shut off valves on them. I bought almost all the parts I need, including the new faucet, to totally change out the faucet, and even recently made it to the restore where I got tons of matching, nice tile for the surround (and some for the floor). But I have left the project there. So what about my addiction to reading in a nice, full, hot tub of water every night? Manageable. Totally manageable. I sometimes want to take a bath, but when I know I can’t, it doesn’t bother me much. I drink a cup of tea and read on the couch instead. I may be keeping my apartment a bit warmer in the eves to make up for not soaking in heat, but probably not all the time or by much. I wash in the sink, with a washcloth, and I love washing my hair in the kitchen sink with the spray thingy – it feels good. Although…strangely I have not washed my hair for the last week and it is a touch greasy, but not itchy like it normally would get after a day or two of not washing…hmmm. Maybe it will find it’s own balance, like they say, and not need as frequent of washing (some folks claim you don’t ever need to use soap, etc to not smell – once your body equilibrates, but I think this is highly personal. I know people who don’t have pit odor without deodorant, or don’t have body odor without soap, or don’t ever use shampoo on their hair and don’t have cleanliness issues, but I’m not yet convinced the results are universal, or not highly dependent on food intake and personal body chemistry, etc). Anyway, just goes to prove that if something just isn’t available (car, bath, chocolate, etc) it’s pretty easy to live without, no matter how deep the addiction seems (yes, you may need to set up your life a bit differently).
And that’s about the extent of the crazy for now. Still contemplating eating totally (or almost totally) locally next year, and getting my humanure toilet set up, and diving into bees and chickens and maybe meat rabbits this spring, but that is all future crazy.