Monday, April 6, 2009

I remember .....

.... when having an aircon was a luxury. When we were younger, we were lucky to even have a fan in the room. Mostly we slept with the windows open.

With affluence, came the air-con. Whilst waiting for my daughter at the foot of a HDB apartment block on Saturday, I looked up, and noticed, every single unit had an air-con compressor. This is a sign of the times.

Hubby and I used to sleep with the air-con at 20C. It was freezing for me, but a luxury I wanted to enjoy!! Hence the need to use the quilt. Unthinkable, dont you think, using a down quilt in hot, temperate, sunny Singapore!

Then we had our first child. The air-con temperature went up to 23C, coz if not our precious baby would be too cold. But hubby had gotten so used to sleeping in the cold, he had a hard time adjusting. Sleeping without the air-con was impossible!

When my children started swim classes, the coach advised me to not let the children sleep with the air-con on. He said that it was bad for lung development, and it also made the children more prone to catching colds. However, the children refused. It was something that they had become accustomed to.

Recently, in our effort to do more to save the earth, the whole family has switched to fans. Even hubby is now able to sleep without the air-con. It's a matter of just getting used to it. Borrowing the phrase from my fellow blogger, bp, we are going back to basics.

And we have done that, in our bid to try to slow the process of global warming! Please try to do your part!

7 comments:

iml said...

And we did not have water heaters too. Unless we were sick,it's cold shower. A luxury to have mum pouring boiling water into the bathtub for a hot bath now, I just can't shower without turning on the heater.

NomadicMom said...

Abit difficult to sleep without air-con lor....

Stardust said...

I'm not reliant on air-con cos it disturbs my nose a great deal. Thumbs up for going back to basics!

Good effort your family is putting in! =D

GG said...

My hub set temp to 28'C!!! I often wake up in the middle of the night, sweating, wondering why it's so hot!

I can't even get him agree to set to 25'C. Often it's either 26 or 27. You might wonder why aircon then? Exactly! And that is why, we seldom use it. Fan is good for us, except certain times of the year when it's really really hot and humid.

bp said...

hi my dear friend, thanks for thinking of me (credit no need but so nice of you to think of me ;p), and to a large extent going back to basics is what we're trying to do with our place right now -- getting ready for a big move, but lots more to be done here in the meanwhile. the update i've been wanting to share with u to keep u posted on the latest, i finally sat down to write it. thanks for being here, SAHM, and sharing your family's anecdotes, i always enjoy your snippets. i will catch u later...

stay-at-home mum said...

yes, iml, the water heater is also another one of our luxuries now!!

Nomadic M0m - must try la!!

Stardust - where you are, I think in winter definitely no need for air-con!!

GG - yes, when its really humid, we do turn on the air-con. but we are trying to minimise our usage of it as much as possible

bp - you're moving?? Home to singapore?? No? then to a biggerr place i hope, so i can bunk in when I decide to visit!! Also more space for laundry. Heehee!! evil right?

bp said...

hahaha! so nice if u can come visit, must tell me if u r in the area!

btw, hubby's subsequent suggestion after i rejected his earlier one abt the laundry basket... how about we get a bigger washing machine?

what can i say... but, man, bah!!!

okie, gotto run...