How much do you depend on electric power?

United States
March 17, 2017 2:42pm CST
When we moved into this rental house we couldn't plug our clothes dryer in. It is something I haven't had to deal with in a long time. We now dry all of our clothes outside on a line. I don't mind it but when the dishwasher broke then I was bugged. I am so dependent on these machines to keep my life easy. How hard would my life be if I lost all my electric powered machines? Tough for sure. Even my tooth brush is powered. How much do you depend on power?
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@Kandae11 (35967)
17 Mar 17
Well I don't have an electric powered toothbrush, but I can't imagine life without electricity . Anyway, I would survive - our ancestors did.
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• United States
20 Mar 17
They did and they thrived. I know my electric toothbrush would just be a toothbrush with out power but what about the other things in our lives? Electric water heaters make my showers so much better and I would miss that. I like being able to flip a switch and have light. I like to have my cell phone and computer. I like having a stove to cook on. These things would be a shock to me and I think that is just a few of the things that would be tough.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
20 Mar 17
@happythoughts About the water heater, there are many people who can't afford those , so they heat water in kettles. You can use a gas stove instead of electric, and there are some battery lights which are quite bright. You will have to forget abut the computer of course .
• United States
20 Mar 17
@Kandae11 I could use fire as well to cook on (Except that there are so many rules about fires and pollution). It would just be a huge inconvenience to make that change and all the changes necessary. I wonder if we really sat down to see how much we use if we would be surprised?
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@MALUSE (39188)
• Germany
17 Mar 17
What you've mentioned here wouldn't bother me. Clothes dried outside smell much better anyway. Everyone can wash dishes by hand. I wouldn't consider life without an electric toothbrush as tough.
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@1hopefulman (27380)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@MALUSE (39188)
• Germany
17 Mar 17
@1hopefulman Do I interpret the smiley correctly as a sign of approval?
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@1hopefulman (27380)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@MALUSE Yes, I agree with you!
@1hopefulman (27380)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
I think that it would be very hard here with the cold we have. I would have to rethink my life.
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• United States
20 Mar 17
Fire maybe. I think that it would be hard to be cold and not be able to do anything about it.
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@1hopefulman (27380)
• Canada
21 Mar 17
@happythoughts There's no way we could start a fire in the kind of apartments we have. We would have to put a lot of clothes on and keep warm by moving a lot.
@JohnRoberts (54362)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Mar 17
Just about everyone in the US is 99% dependent on power unless you don't care about TV and internet.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
17 Mar 17
I am very dependent on electricity, but do not use a clothes dryer.
• United States
20 Mar 17
I have learned to love line drying but last night I forgot and left clothes out. Today they are damp from the wet air. We usually get all the laundry done on Monday through Friday and so the Sunday wash load threw me off. No big loss though. Just damp pants and in the big picture that is a very little thing.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Mar 17
@happythoughts A dryer is a very expensive item to run.
@louievill (18399)
• Philippines
17 Mar 17
Only no internet because I have online earnings and the heat would bother me, we have an off grid solar lighting system that compliments our normal grid dependent lights.
• United States
20 Mar 17
I would miss the internet for sure. I spend a lot of time on it. Today I am going to look for new recipies online to make my food menu. If I didn't have the internet this would not be as fun. I have a small solar system too that I love but it is more for camping and maybe picnics. It is a small portable battery with a panel we use to charge up during the day. I could probably learn to use it more and save even more power from my bill.
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• Canada
17 Mar 17
I probably couldn't function all that well. We'd survive, but it definitely wouldn't be easy.
• United States
20 Mar 17
Survive but not thrive. It would be a shock but I think if it happened to a lot of us at one time we would all figure it out together.
@diosabella (4815)
20 Mar 17
Why you couldn't plug it? A big hassle. I depend on electricity all the time. I don't thin I can live without electricity at all. I like to have my fan on, my computer on and my tv on.