Modern life with the ease of technology can be fantastic but sometimes it can lead to stunted conversations, predictable evenings and square eyes. We here at Thrifty Towers have decided to implement a blackout night once every week.So what does it involve? Basically we’ll be actively turning off anything with a screen be that a phone, tablet, computer, television or iPod. Once a week at 7pm, everything will go off and we’ll spend our evenings doing something different. We’re still allowing electricity in other forms but considering our house is currently running on 5 lights (none in the bathroom!) and 3 plugs we won’t exactly be draining the national grid.
I’m not a TV or screen snob, in fact I’m probably the complete opposite. I have the TV on for background company, I adore junky reality shows (hello The Real Housewives of Atlanta), I always have my phone in my hand and my computer is nearly always beeping away at me. But we’ve (and by ‘we’ I mean Mr Thrifty and I) come to saturation point. We need to continue modern life but we need a breather from the beeps, flashes and constant drone.Having access to all of this technology is wonderful, we are incredibly lucky to come from a generation with such unlimited and unrestricted access to the world. We are also incredibly fortunate to have access to the likes of phones, televisions and computers when so many people sharing this planet do not. We take these devices for granted, we become dependent upon them at the cost of personal relationships, art, culture, peace and relaxation.
The ability to have access to work emails or text friends at any time of the day is of course fantastic in allowing us to function how best suits us but it also hinders time to just ‘be’. Time to be alone, time to be with your loved ones and time to be off duty.This isn’t about saving money but I may just experiment with our energy monitoring device to see how much we do save by having one blackout night per week and report back in a month or so if I see any patterns emerging.
Bring on the blackout nights, I’m looking forward to them.Will you join us?. If you see any tweets etc. from me during what appears to be a blackout night they will be scheduled, so fear ye not I won’t be giving in at the first hurdle.