Our electricity is up this month. It was bound to happen. Night is coming a lot sooner now than it was during the summer, and no matter how much I want to go to bed at 7:30pm, it definitely is not happening! I was a little surprised at the jump though, until I remembered all the canning I have been doing.
We have an electric stove, I wish it were gas, or better yet one of those old wood cook stoves – although that would not be a pleasant canning experience in August. Not only is it electric, but it is a glass flat top. I think that technically you are not supposed to can on a flat top stove. I do it anyways since we have a very large front burner. But, it takes FOREVER for it to actually come to a boil. Add in all of the cooking of tomatoes/apples/salsa/etc. on the other burners, and it adds to an entire day of the stove on…for multiple days. I was thinking that it might be nice to have some type of outdoor stove for canning, but I have no idea how that would work. How do I keep the jars sterilized, and get them outside without dumping everything? I’m not that coordinated. Any ideas?
I need to be more diligent about unplugging as well. I have most of our electronics on surge protectors, but I have these awesome surge protectors that have “always on” jacks. Hmmm…I was curious why my computer would continue charging even after I turned the switch off. So now I have to unplug from the wall, and that is a little more complicated because, if you have read any of my posts about the children that live in this house you will already know why, I have furniture covering just about every outlet…in addition to those lovely outlet protectors.
What do you do to reduce your electricity usage when it starts to get dark out earlier? Once it gets colder, I’m sure that we will all be snuggling up in bed earlier since it will be the warmest place in the house 🙂