Living by Candlelight
Candelight and Daily Life
Candles are so warming. Sitting in a room with the soft flicker of the light calms the soul and mellows you out. It also saves a ton of money.
Last year our electric bill came is so high we about choked. There are five people in our family and with each one turning on lights as they enter rooms and then leaving them on, the expenses kept going up. I had had enough.
We decided to make a challenge out of it and told the kids that we wanted to see how much we could lower our electric bill by not using lights unless we were reading and doing homework. For every dollar we saved we would have an hour of family fun time. They were all for it.
So Much Fun
One might think that we would feel like we were living in a cave. Not so. We had two hurricane lamps and some candles that we kept lit. We taped over the light switches so that old habits would not overtake us. We noticed some amazing things. Overall the house was more quite. People tended to not talk so loud when the lights were soft.
We did this for about two months so that we could see what the impact was. Our electric bill was almost half! It's amazing how much electricity our lights use.
Since then we have moved into a new home way out in the woods. We've bought a few more lamps to hang on the wall and some utility candles to place in tin candle holders like the old days. As night descends, it is my job to go through the house and light the lamps. They give off SO much light and it is so soft and relaxing. Visitors have commented how much then enjoy sitting in the candlelight and visting.
Give it a try but do it safely. Never leave them on as you sleep or if you leave the house. Fire safety should always come first.
Ways to Use Candlelight
- Hurricane lamps - give lots of light and can be on the wall or on the table - some come with reflective panels to help distribute the light around the room.
- Candles -can be on the wall or the table. These are the most hazardous only because they can easily be knocked over by children and pets
- Safe places - make sure any of these pieces are located safely from children, pets, and clumsy adults. Away from any flamable material such as curtains is a must, too.
- Fire safety - talk with the firemen to learn more about safety - children will be more likely to listen to them and have more respect for the fire.