I see on the news tonight we can expect our power bills to go up and keep going up. I really, really want to get off grid. It'll have to wait for the fullness of time - when we have the last of the kids through uni and can seriously turn to looking to own future again, but, even though it seems to involve quite a lot of initial capital, and then a fair amount of maintenance cost... it has to be less of a killer than having to try and crimp down and down. We got one of those power-measuring kits from the local council... intended to save you money. It said the freezer wasn't cold enough, so now our bills will be higher... heh.
I've always wanted to do this: so starting afresh will be a good reason to have to. We do need power for me to work, and besides I have no desire to return to the 'bad' aspects of self-sufficiency. There is a great deal of pleasure and good value and flavour and nutrition to be gained from catching your own fish and growing your own veggies. Not much benefit in spending several hours handwashing clothes and sheets. And lamp-light might be good for hiding the wrinkles, but it's lousy for reading. And getting up to shovel more coal into the steam-driven computer is a PITA. I've always wanted the best from both worlds, which I believe you can have by being selective.
Did the dentist today. Mutter - nice bloke - ex-South African and his radiographer wife. Diver and keen fisherman... and he x-rayed my niggly tooth and told me that the problem isn't a cracked or leaking filling it's a totally inadequate root canal, which has a low-grade chronic abcess gently poisoning me. This has been going on for quite some time, maybe even a couple of years. I had a similar issue a few years back and it just leaves one constantly mildly debilitated. Getting it fixed here, of course, is expensive which is why we tried to do it over there.