we were forced to observe earth day, yesterday. the electricity went off at 5 a.m. & was off most of the day. we were definitely conserving power ! yardwork, read (until it got too dark to do so), dinner before dark (phew, our gas oven has an igniter that can light the burners with a match), went off to a folkloric dance show, came home & brushed teeth, etc. by flashlight & candle light , & went to bed early ! off the grid for one day is o k .