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My advice:housewives and home makers need not fret or waste time to
worrying about the inevitable;instead they should adapt lifestyle changes
at home and at work to minimize the impact of his problem on their
wallets.

POWER-HUNGRY ROOMS-Our homes have three major power consuming areas:the
laundry room,the kitchen and the bedroom.In the laundry room,the power-
grabbers are the washing machine,the drier and the flat iron.The kitchen
has various cooking appliances:stove,coffee machine,water
dispenser,blender,microwave oven,turbo,electric grill and the main range
oven.Main culprit in the bedroom is the air-conditioner.

NIGHTLY FAMILY BONDING-To reduce energy bills,many families have resorted
to keeping only one bedroom air conditioned,with everyone sleeping in the
same room.The positive attitude of treating the inconvenience like a
camping out treat contributes a lot to keeping the family happy despite
the often cramped situation.Other families report a more harmonious
relationship amongst all the members because of the bonding that resulted
from sharing one bedroom."We felt like we were on one side fighting a
common enemy,"said a high school classmate who is raising three high
school-age grand children.In addition to sharing only one air-con,frugal
families have also learned to turn off their bedrooms air-con a few hours
before their normal wake up time.They do this either manually or by
installing timers,a few models of which automatically shut off the air-
con and turn on the fan.This means if the family sleep sleeps eight or
nine hours,the air-con is on for only five to six hours,or equivalent to
more than 35% savings in electricity.

CRUCIAL KITCHEN PLANNING-To reduce power consumption in the kitchen,a lot
of advance planning is necessary.Meals should be listed in
advance,preferably the night or the day before.Frozen ingredients should
be taken out of the freezer and allowed to thaw naturally in the
refrigerator for safety against contamination and spoilage.This means not
using the microwave for short cut thawing of frozen food except for
emergencies.Cook double portions of food,particularly dishes that need
long simmering.Freeze half for another meal.this energy-saving method is
used by many restaurants,who tenderize big amounts of pork or beef in one
large pot,to be later divided into variety of dishes.When simmering meat
to tenderize,set stove to lowest heat level after the pot boils.the food
will cook within the same period whether the stove is on high or
low.Using a thick metal pot for this purpose helps a lot as this vessel
retains heat,keeping the food at simmer even at the lowest stove
setting.As a rule,smaller pieces of meat or vegetables cook faster.Keep
this in mind when making dishes like chicken adobo,which takes only
minutes to finish with cut-up pieces versus at least half an hour when
using whole thighs and drumsticks.Another example is tiny whole marble
potatoes,skin-on,which are done in 30% of the time needed for medium
whole potatoes.Keeping spuds unpeeled likewise retain the vitamins and
fiber in their skins.Wash them well,scrubbing with a brush reserved for
use on root vegetables and fruits with thick peels.When
chopping,mincing,grating and slicing small amounts,use the knife and
shopping board instead of machines.Good for your muscles too.squeezing
juice from lemon and oranges is often done by restaurants and foreign
families using machines built for that one purpose.One can save energy by
squeezing citrus fruits manually using those old fashioned glass or heavy
plastic squeezers that do the job as well.

SUN POWER FOR CLOTHES-The unbearable heat during this season could reduce
everyone's electricity bill.I normally spin-dry wet clothes for three to
four minutes,until they are barely damp.But when the sun is hot and the
warm easterly winds are blowing,I use the spin-drier for only one or two
minutes at the most,just to the point when the clothes are no longer
dripping.After that,I let the clothesline,the sun and the wind do the
rest.

SOAK DON'T RUSH-There is wisdom in our grandmother's practice of making
soak dirty clothes in sudsy water for an hour or so before rinsing.The
soaking loosens most of the dirt,allowing the detergent in the water to
do its work on the grease and other stubborn stains.I used to dump dirty
clothes into the washing machine,with water and measured detergent,then
turn the machine on for eight minutes immediately.After resting the
machine for ten minutes to soak the clothes,I would run the soaping cycle
for another eight minutes before draining the dirty sudsy water
completely.Two rinse cycles at four minutes each were followed by a final
three-to-four-minute spin-dry.that's a total of 28 minutes of washing
machine engine running.No wonder my power bill was astronomical!These
days,I soak the clothes before two soap cycles of four minutes each(with
15 minutes of soaking in between) and rinse twice for two-minute spin-
dry.Total?Only 14 minutes of machine use.

EXERCISE WHILE WASHING-While soaking and washing the clothes,my
arms,shoulders and chest muscles get a thorough workout when I lift,mix
and rub the clothes in the tub.Clean clothes,lower power bill and toned
arms.What else would anyone want?

				
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