Big Green Summer Rules

I realised in my last-last post that I had forgotten to explain the rules I will follow for the next few weeks of my Big Green Summer.


  • Electricity:

None, absolutely zero consumption for the first two weeks.

In the second two, only power for the modem and when laptop needs charging.

No lights, substitute with use of candles and/or wind-up torches.

No fans, fingers crossed for some cooler breezes.

No fridge-freezer or elevator, which we’ve already been used to for sometime.

  • Gas:

None, absolutely none for the entire four weeks.

  • Water:

As little to be used at home as possible for four weeks*.

Must find some container to help transport water (for plants, dishes and showers) back from the public potable fountain.

Need to fashion (worst case buy) a solar/camping shower, and then finish making something to catch grey-water to use for flushing the toilet.

No washing machine, anything that needs doing to be done by hand.

*This is possible due to signing up for a monthly delivery service for our drinking water, we miscalculated at first and thought we were going to save money (and not to mention tons of plastic). Well, we are spending about the same and feel much greener in doing so. Plus, this has already arrived for July. ;)

  • Food & Cooking:

Buy as little as possible, mostly fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market.

Am stocked up on dry foods, preserves, pickles, jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys with as many as possible being home-made.

All cooking to be done with wood fuelled oven, but as much raw food to be eaten as possible.

Supplement as much fresh food as possible from garden and from foraging.

  • Entertainment:

Books, tabletop games, hikes & walks, colouring, own imagination.

Strictly no films, TV, radio or other digital media.

  • Transport:

We always walk everywhere.

  • Exceptions:

Use mobile phone for contact with my partner on his adventures in the Philippines. If necessary, to be charged by solar power or BioLite oven & kettle.

Use of modem and laptop for work in second two weeks. Maybe one quick update here.

Pre-charged camera for odd photos.


Possibly, cat food.


That’s about it. I had thought about removing batteries from two clocks we have (the third is a wind-up), but am now wondering if this is a bit of overkill.

Wish me luck and see you all on the other side, here’s hoping I can keep my sanity.


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