Well, it seems like I haven’t been here for ages. This is Mr. Dirty Boots in case you had forgotten about me.
In an effort to ensure we can continue our self sufficient life on our mountainside I have been spending the last few months learning all there is to know about Internet marketing and making money via the Internet. Amazing what you can do with a laptop, a solar panel and a satellite Internet connection really.
It has gone surprisingly well and I can see us being able to easily support our lifestyle whilst making money online via what is known as “niche marketing”. Working from home has so many advantages to doing building work for others I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am.
Anyway, not really the subject of this post but if you are interested in how to be your own boss and make money for free via writing blogs (not like this one though, it’s not here to make money really) and other such things via the Internet if you leave a comment I may be persuaded to reveal how to do it. We are actually now earning an OK living via our endeavours which at least makes us feel secure for our future.
This is not to say we don’t still save money whenever possible and this tip actually came about by accident.
Because we live off grid we have a fridge that runs on gas. A large bottle normally lasts about just under four weeks making it expensive to run. Now, a number of weeks ago the thermocouple broke. This means that it won’t stay lit as the sensor thinks the pilot has gone out and won’t allow the gas through. Something like that anyway.
Repairing it is on the ever increasing “to do” list. In an effort to get it working in the meantime I rigged something up to keep the ignition button depressed so I can light it. Obviously this is not safe when we are out or in bed as there is no sensor working to cut of the gas if the pilot goes out.
So, we turn it off every night.
The same amount of gas lasts twice as long.
As long as the door is kept closed it seems to make no difference to the temperature of the food in the fridge or small freezer compartment in the morning. I haven’t tried it with a load of raw meat in the fridge and I don’t know if it would still last as long but it has certainly worked amazingly well for keeping all manner of cooked foods, chickens etc.
If you want a really simple way to cut your electricity bill then instead of purchasing a new highly efficient A+ rated fridge why not just turn yours off before you go to bed. You could even plug it into an inexpensive timer so you don’t even need to remember to do it.
I have no idea how much electric it uses to run a fridge freezer but it all adds up. If you have been conserving electricity by ensuring that you turn off the lights wehen not in use and never leading things on stand-by then you can add this to your arsenal.
Obviously any food that goes off is Mrs. Dirty Boots fault and not mine as she told me to write about this!
Just joking. Give it a try and see if your groceries are still as fresh and cool the next day. If it works you could be looking at some significant savings.
By the way, please don’t jury rig your gas fridge like I did, I don’t want to be held responsible by the gas police if you blow up.
Hopefully I will be here a lot more often now we have sorted out the finances somewhat and I will have more time.
For a more self sufficient future