Constructive Inconvenience

In a typical day I use roughly five gallons (20 liters) of water and 1.5 Kilowatt hours of electricity.  The water usage includes drinking, cooking, and a daily shower, everything except for laundry, which is currently done elsewhere and averages one medium-sized load per week.  The power consumption is both for business and personal use, and includes: an internet server, which is always on (most likely, the same computer you connected to in order to read this article), part-time use of other computers, a microwave oven, small refrigerator, television and (until recently) a satellite TV receiver.  I also generate about ten gallons of non-recyclable garbage every three to six months (business and personal combined),

Downsizing Your Life

Living and working in 70 square feet was not something I originally planned to do, it just worked out this way, and surprisingly, once I decided what I had to have in the house in order to work and live, it was relatively simple to fit everything that was truly necessary inside while the rest of my "stuff" was placed in storage until a small separate workshop building could be completed. My first act of rebellion against the accumulation of "stuff" started off long ago with what I dubbed "the Zen closet" as I required it to remain empty.

Living With Nature

My tiny cob house is unheated, another one of those unplanned events.  While the climate here is "moderate", the temperature range each year is well outside what is normally considered comfortable, with temperatures each year typically ranging from 15 to 100 deg. F. (-10 to 38 deg. C.), though it has been much higher and lower on rare occasions.  Between the thermal mass of the cob and the heat of the earth below the house, the temperature inside the building has ranged from 38 to 85 deg. F. (3 to 29 deg. C).

What's The Real Price?

How much do you really earn per hour? It's a simple question, but few of us have any idea what the correct answer is (unless the answer is zero).  Here is the correct way to compute it:

hourly wage = (Income – cost of earnings) / hours invested
Cost of earnings includes: professional expenses, income taxes, commuting costs (gas, vehicle maintenance, wear and tear on vehicle), etc.
Hours invested: hours worked, commuting time, time spent keeping up professionally, etc.


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