What you may view as merely a mundane task is a chance to breathe deeper meaning into a household chore. It all depends on your point of view, of course, but why not divine some of the divine out of banal routines? If you choose to make it so, your energy tariff ending could bring opportunities to shake up your world, freshen up your home and make a clean sweep, with some sweet cash energy savings to celebrate in the end.
Life is composed of endings and beginnings. Author C. JoyBell is quoted as having observed:
“Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don’t really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way.“
As the term for your tariff comes to a close, think about your home. Consider the blessings brought to your family by those big, bulky appliances you so often take for granted: instant heat magically sourced at the touch of a button, live flames coaxed up from the burners by a simple twist of a knob and the shelf life of nourishing foods extended exponentially by the miracle of refrigeration.
It’s easy to walk right past these technological wonders of the modern age and not even notice them, but you can bet you’d miss these items in a heartbeat, were they suddenly removed from your home.
These are but inanimate objects; still, have you taken time to appreciate all that these gadgets do for you and your family? Research has repeatedly shown that levels of happiness are directly related to depths of gratefulness. Perhaps nurturing a sense of gratitude might help make it through periods when energy prices rise up. Being grateful for having service can help dissipate some of the sting in paying higher rates for services. While gratefulness won’t lower the prices by even a penny, the right attitude will help put things into perspective, and maybe even help keep blood pressure levels under control!
Appreciating Your Home
Since this whole process was started by the need to replace your gas and/or electricity plans, take a fresh look at your gas and electric uses. Has your washing machine lasted well beyond its warrantied years? Is the biggest problem you’ve had with your refrigerator the requirement to roll it away from the wall to sweep out dust bunnies? Has your oven helped you serve up meal after nourishing meal for your family?
Consider all these conveniences, and compare their contributions with what life was like back in the day for your great-grandmother (who, you’ll note, also had to get by with no internet!!). Suddenly, a new appreciation dawns.
As you’re being grateful for what you have, open your eyes to the realities of what requires attention. Maybe you’ve put up with your boiler for decades, despite all its noises and mishaps, because “it’s always been like that” and you’re familiar with its quirks by now. But, familiarity breeds contempt, as the old adage says. Just because you’re used to something working improperly doesn’t mean it has to go on working improperly. You are not loving your home if you allow a lack of maintenance to intrude upon your peaceful enjoyment of life or, worse, endanger your family. Besides, you could be losing hundreds of pounds in wasted energy through old klunker machines.
Take stock of your big ticket appliances. The “new dishwasher” that you “just got recently” may have been around for 18 months, now (we know; time flies). Give it a little love with a thorough descaling. Give each of your appliances a turn, assessing which ones need a little TLC maintenance, and which should be considered as a trade-in for more efficient models. Be appreciative of your home machines, but remember: they are, indeed, mechanical devices designed for the purpose of providing you household assistance. When they cease serving your family, their usefulness has come to an end…which brings you to another beginning, with the prospect of new replacement machines.
Home Sweet Home
Don’t worry about your energy tariff ending as it brings opportunities beyond shopping for replacement tariffs. It’s an end that can usher in a beginning of assessment, appreciation and care for the most basic goods and services upon which your family relies every day, and gives you the chance to create a cozier home for your loved ones.