Daily archives: September 7, 2005

The ethical, economical, new Casa Spinneyhead

Casa Spinneyhead has relocated. A new house seems like a good place to start putting into effect more of the stuff that How to Save the World for Free is about. So that’s what we’re going to do.

We’re still unpacking- we’ll still be unpacking at Christmas- but that doesn’t mean we can’t start to implement our low energy, low impact plan. First step was the acquisition of low energy bulbs. Clare managed to get them for free by filling out questionnaires on energy consumption. They’ll be fitted tomorrow.

Next up will be the oxidising cleaners for the washing machine. 3p a wash sounds like great value and makes the £30 initial investment less daunting.

Then there’ll be the energy saving plugs for fridges, recycling, cycling to work etc. etc. Expect regular updates.

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…..And do something less boring instead.

We’ve nearly finished our first week without television, and I can’t say I’m missing it.

From the point that we decided that the new Casa Spinneyhead wouldn’t have a TV I started noticing just how little there really was on the idiot box. It’s easy to turn on and hard to shut down but rarely ever edifies.

What have we been doing? Listening to music, unpacking the rubbish we brought with us, reading, all sorts of things that wouldn’t get done if we sat down in front of 100 Least Interesting Things We Can Make A List Of.

I’m having to do without the Playstation, and Clare absolutely must go to the pub tomorrow to watch the cricket, but we’re not completely without moving images. The laptop plays dvds, and those movies start when we want them to at no extra cost.

I haven’t told the TV licence people yet, but I expect their reaction to be a more extreme version of the one from the Sky rep who couldn’t get his little head around the fact that I was cancelling the subscription and moving to a house without Sky-, digi- or goggle box.

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