Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Would you prefer to give up your television or dishwasher?

Working from home often means fitting in domestic chores like emptying the dishwasher into the work day routine. If like me you are also looking after the kids it can be a case of fitting work into domestic routine. This is why I would happily swap our television for a dishwasher.

I’ve grumbled before about our rental house but another gripe is that there is no space for a dishwasher. This has led me to believe that a dishwasher is the second most important machine in our house; second only to the washing machine. The television only comes in third, but would be fourth, after the tumble dryer in winter as nothing dries in this house.

I’ve just realised that I’ve missed out the oven, fridge, freezer, microwave etc, but my point is that our TV is way down on the importance list.

I’m confident in this as we have not had live television since we moved in at the end of November. The house is wired into Virgin cable who demand a year’s subscription and we are already tied in to a year with BT as part of the moving process.

The kids missed CBeebies at first but they have DVD’s to watch and can choose which programmes to watch on the iPlayer in the evening. We also sometimes watch something on iPlayer in the evening after they have gone to bed, but we often struggle to find something worth watching.

The only channel I really miss are the music channels that I used to sometimes have on in the background. In an ideal world I’d watch test cricket but when you spend more time washing up than watching TV, the extra expense for the Sky set up hardly seems worth it.

All going well, we will be in our new house soon so will our behaviour change? Probably not. I’m just looking forward to having a dishwasher! Unless there is some unmissable TV out there that we don’t know about? Answers on a blog comment post please!


  1. Nope the last time we checked there was absolutely nothing on worth scrolling for! We don't watch TV other than News Night sometimes or Question Time but the kids do. However, like you say, they would be just as happy with films and I don't think we would miss the TV at all if we didn't have it.

    My most important technical gadget (after the laptop of course) is the kettle! But if I didn't have one of those I would simply boil a pan so I guess, for me, it's laptop, cooker, washing machine, drier!

    Love the blog post. Jess :-)

  2. Thanks Jess! Judging from the response on Twitter and Facebook to this post there are lots of people who have fallen out of love with television.

  3. I'd say my radio is No.1 Russ; fridge at 2; oven or microwave at 3; washing machine 4; the other one from over/microwave at 5; and TV set something after those! There is so much to watch these days, but if you watched it all you'd never get anything done. My dishwasher is greener than my washing up bowl, but its nice to look out at the garden having a think while doing it - 5mins of calm.

    My tumble drier is now redundant. I read a green blog last year, and reverted to student days of hanging stuff up in the utility room, and then letting it finish in an airing cupboard. A bit of effort results in clothes that actually smell like the expensive conditioner that I buy, and £5 saved a week on the electric bill!