Utilities everywhere have become more like crack dealers, a protection racket that does not even offer protection from its own abuses, so convinced have they become that we cannot do without the power of the electricity they control and wish to ration.
Well if energy rationing is what may lie ahead for our future on grid, then why not try out rationing ourselves instead?
Here is the real point: By the time we are down to being treated like helpless, dependent, malleable power junkies and by the time we and our homes and our electrical systems are now considered as linked and interchangeable, even as disposable commodities, isn’t it also about time to examine exactly how important it has become to do what we can to kick our own personal electricity addiction and dependence on power utilities who don;t give a damn?
Stop thinking that the government is there to protect you. That ship has sailed. You are the person you can rely on, not some fake father figure of a pathological or indifferent wannabe leader you mistakenly voted for who promptly forgot you the second they got a taste of power – or worse, corruption.
If off grid is not an option, then why not consider just how close we can get to that longed for independence from utility abuse of power, figuratively and literally?
If a duplication of the way we live now is out of reach, perhaps a simplified approach is an option, a chance to begin to determine the difference between our electrical wants and our electrical needs?
If not electrical heating and cooking, how much could we use outdoor propane instead, to cook or even stay warm.
Sure they can and are smart metering natural gas and water (and air if they could) but so far not well water or bulk propane.
How about, prior to considering any purchase we stop to consider which items make us more electricity reliant, by first asking ourselves, “Would I still want, need or even use this item if I was living an ultra simple life, or even an off grid life?”
And for those who are not able, willing or prepared to go off grid, ask yourselves what you found you could do without most easily during the last prolonged power outage you went through.
Was there anything you actually liked about being without power for awhile? Did anyone notice how much more quiet it seemed? Is there something to be learned from life beyond the confines of electricity?
Okay, sure, most of us are not ready to live an Amish lifestyle, admirable as that way of life may be beginning to look these days to those who are fed up with utility brow beating and rampant abuse and illegal behaviour regarding forcing people on to a dangerous, invasive, hackable, expensive smart grid they neither want nor need.
Still, … even if we only want to hang on to the simplicity of our electromechanical analog meter or a low energy demand way of life, why not take advantage right now of what that might mean in earnest, in the near future? And in the meantime there is no harm in trying to use far less?
There’s no need for simplifying to mean we have to suffer or feel pushed into excess austerity. Simplicity can become its own kind of freedom.
As long as we keep our energy bills paid up in full, the risk of losing an essential service like electrical power for a brief while – that is, if they dare to cut our energy off, at least until the utilities are then ordered to return the supply, is not the end of the world if we rehearse alternatives in advance. Not that big a deal, if you decide to try it on it before it ever happens.
A mere inconvenience, especially if any prolonged power outages have been planned for in advance.
One can always find ways to adapt. Little changes, starting with small things, … maybe solar dock lights left on window sills to provide evening ambient lighting, solar garden lights used indoors at night to read by, maybe make a few a home made solar panels put together, glued to plywood and covered with plexiglass and framed, comprised from bulk purchase of individual solar cells. Or even buy a real one or two, now that solar panel prices have dropped by 75%. It is not difficult to invest in a bit of wind-up lighting and a crank radio, maybe stock up on easy to prepare basics that cook easily and store well, to have on hand a few safe candles, maybe some 12 volt led lights or a battery lantern.
How different would this really be from going off camping in an RV with no hookups? And if one is able to afford a small quiet EU Honda generator, a gas miser one with enough power to heat water or run a fridge or freezer that is then wrapped in sleeping bags for days on end until the next time it gets chilled down. How about a decent zero clearance wood stove used to keep warm, as well as doubling as a way to cook? Got a spare BBQ outside the door? Maybe a couple or so coolers to keep on a covered outside porch as a form of refrigeration in winter? Perhaps try out a block of ice in a deep dishpan kept in a fridge that has been unplugged on purpose?
Maybe there need be no sense of shock as the transition to the advantages and sense of self sufficiency of a life of greater simplicity gradually takes hold.
Electricity is wonderful, sure, but let’s face it, affordable power is soon coming to an end. The greed used to determine the future price of electricity is about to force each kilowatt to skyrocket, and that way of life will become overpriced in more ways than one.
The routine extortion and discomfort associated these days with maintaining any no longer decent relationship with a utility corporation is about to get MUCH worse.
Really, the writing is on the wall. It is getting to be time to consider a divorce from energy providers, isn’t it?
So if it’s possible why not safely rehearse the post electric life right now? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Warning: Just don’t use any gas or volatile oils or tippy candles or propane devices or kerosene lamps or any other toxic or unsafe items indoors.
Stay safe while you make it a point if doable to explore alternatives to electrical dependency, if this is at all possible.
It certainly beats losing the freedom to choose.
That is a life not worth having.