Stay Cool

Stay Cool

It has been a long very hot four days in Melbourne, Australia with temperatures over 40 degrees celsius. A question was asked of me on my Facebook group Bowerbirds Journal about electricity costs when operating a 1970s air conditioner.

As Danny and I are against consuming too much of anything, we are mindful of our electricity consumption. Firstly was have an old air conditioner because we rarely turn it on. Maybe two or three times a year for over a decade.

This year it has been used four days in a row. A day where the temperature is say 35 degrees we will not turn it on but to have a period of heat over 40 degrees we deemed it necessary for some relief. We shut the door to two adjoining rooms and stayed in this space for the hot spell except to go to bed at night. Then we turned off the unit as we sleep well in the heat.

Our electricity bill will be higher but not excessive because we are careful with usage and keep cooling temperature not too low. As with everything we do we treat it like a fun game of Monopoly but our game is titled Balance and Beat the Man. For us it is all about balance. This is how our Balance Beat the Man games works.

We had to consume more electricity over the last four days therefore we off set the additional energy/cost with not using the car and petrol/gas. We stayed at home, used energy for cooling but saved on energy elsewhere, including our own physical energy which is a good health investment in extremes of heat.

The only planned obsolescence for this unit was human related not appliance part malfunction. National would have planned that within 10 years of purchase the homeowner would have simply replaced this unit for a newer, more efficient, sleeker looking model.

Of course National had no idea that Danny and I would be grateful for the workmanship in this air conditioner and care for it for 40 years!

So what’s all this got to do with shorts and my legs. Nothing and everything but you be the judge. Seriously, I wore these light cotton shorts for four days because they are cool and comfortable. They were RE-scued from point of landfill a couple of years ago. Cost $0.00

And my legs like the air conditioner have had a long life. These foundations have not been replaced in over 50 years but there is certainly planned obsolescence factored in by the manufacturer.


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