stove in our living room; it would get so hot, that it would glow.
What about the ashes? One would have to deal with this residue on a day-to-day basis. We use our fireplace frequently in the winter. The cold ashes are taken out and placed around trees and rose bushes. We have a pear tree that doubled in height since we started putting ashes at its base. That's all well and good, but a years worth of ashes, whew! I guess we could make good use of them and start making our own soap. A friend of mine said she use to use ashes to help scrub pots and pans!
The air-conditioning in the summer was a raised window. Oops! Sorry, every window would be raised and the doors open for cross ventilation. In mid-summer, you were very thankful the slightest breeze.
Oh yeah, keep in mind that the heat from your wood stove in the kitchen would be adding a considerable amount of heat to the house, no matter how much ventilation come through the windows and doors.
A home's privacy level would be nearly zilch. Not only you, but your neighbors also would be facing the same dilemma in coping with the heat. Therefore, if you had a disagreement with your spouse or your kids; the neighbors knew it, word for word; and likewise, you were aware of theirs.
According to one's taste, one can choose from a wide variety of lighting for your home. You can have direct or indirect lighting, incandescent or fluorescent lighting, mood lights with ever changing colors or patterns, etc. Your imagination is your only limitation.
Candles, oil lanterns and light from the fireplace were sources of light before the invention of the electric light bulb. Imagine what one's homeowners insurance would be like due the increased risk of fire.
Considering the wood cook stove, and the fireplace one has to remember that to use these facilities, there has to be quite an abundant supply of wood kept on hand year round. It would not be long before every tree, bush, limb or twig would be in demand to literally "keep the home fires burning." Imagine the price of a cord of wood as demand exceeded the supply.
Now that I've set the pace, consider these conveniences and what it would be like if we had to utilize a less up to date approach to their functions: the washing machine, water heater, the automobile, and the telephone.
In this brief listing I believe we can all say we are appreciative of modern technology. Our lives would be a lot more complicated to say the least. Just to make it from day to day one would have to sit back and make a re-assessment of their priorities. May be more mothers would find themselves staying at home and raising their children. Someone once told me that the most important job I would ever have would be to raise my children. Hindsight tells me that there is a lot of truth in that statement. I would love to have the opportunity to hold my little ones in my lap and hold them close.
Most of us have received increased electric bills the last couple of months. It happens every winter, but when one thinks about the alternative; I'm not complaining, I'm thankful, truly thankful.