Where There is A Will, There is A Way
My eight year old daughter came up to me the other day and said that she had been thinking of ways to cut down on our bills.
” Rather serious stuff for an eight year old”, I thought, but was eager to hear her out.
“Well daddy”, she said in her cute voice, “do we really need to use the dishwasher every day?” Why can’t we wash the dishes by hand? This would save on electricity and water.” (“Plus it would save us waiting those endless 2 hours for the cycle to finish in order for us to have knives and forks to eat with” I thought to myself in amusement.)
She then went on to say how mummy could wash the clothes by hand and that we could make sure all electrical equipment like computers and lights were switched off.
“What good suggestions “I replied “especially if it will make you think before leaving all the lights on like Blackpool illuminations!”
Have we implemented her suggestions? I have to say that even though they were simple suggestions it certainly has made us think.
I have observed that even though there is not the remotest chance that my wife will resort to washing the clothes by hand (she would be there until midnight with the amount of washing that we have!).
She has indeed resorted to washing the dishes by hand especially when the dish washer would only have been have full. She also ensures that she hangs the washing out on the line to dry rather than using the costly tumble drier.
I love the simple things in life and the thought of being more effiicient, yet considering that an average dishwasher uses 2 units of electricity an hour (hence what
would be 4 units used for an average cycle) and a tumble drier uses an average of 4 units per hour.
I cannot wait to compare my next electricity bill to see how, hopefully , these simple changes will have helped to reduce my quarterly bills. As a famous supermarket would say:
“Every little helps!”
The same principle can apply to almost anything, depending on how much you want it. ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ !
“To get what you never had you must do what you have never done”.