Sunday, May 08, 2011

The price of observance

I just paid our gas bill, which was higher than usual. Gee, I can't imagine why. [Insert roll-eyes emoticon here .]

That's what happens when one leaves a stove light or two, and/or an oven, turned on for the first two and last two days of Pesach/Passover because one is not permitted to light a fire from scratch on a Yom Tov/Festival. Nobody ever said that being observant (or some semblance thereof) was cheap, and the cost goes beyond the added expense of keeping kosher.


Blogger Miami Al said...

We bought a two burner plug in range for use on Yom Tov. The upgraded one that we bought cost about $40, and has a light when the burner is "active" so we can be stringent (only turn temperate up when light is on, only turn down when light is off).

We used it covered in foil for Pesach because I just couldn't get it clean enough this year. We bought it because we figured, why put wear and tear on our $1000 cooktop to run for 49 hours (73 when Shabbat connects to Yom Tov). If you figure that the range normally runs for 1-3 hours/day, that's a month of the devices life to run through a single Yom Tov.

We bought this at a local pharmacy/convenience store, wasn't a high end acquisition.

We do run overs on Sabbath mode for Yom Tov, and we get a dobule whammy. We pay to run the oven, and pay to run the AC to cool the house back down...

Sun May 08, 02:26:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

That double-whammy is very familiar--running the oven on Shavuot, or on Rosh HaShanah or Sukkot in a year when the High Holidays come early, really does run up the electric bill due to air-conditioning. :(

That two-burner plug-in range might be a good idea, if we could figure out where the heck to put it, not to mention where the heck to store it. I'll mention it to my husband.

Sun May 08, 03:18:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Miami Al said...

It's not that big, and the one burner one is about half the size. :)

We run AC 12 months a year, so it hits every Chag.

Sun May 08, 05:05:00 PM 2011  

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