My folks raised myself and others to be self-sufficient, plus while I am not on their level, I think I do okay for myself.
My folks were super outdated school, plus I mean they hunted meat plus grew veggies in the garden.
Mom would hand make all of our clothes, dad smoked cigarettes, although he grew his own tobacco plants plus hand rolled them. Like I said, I am not on that level, however their lessons did take hold, so I understand why it is important to be able to take care of yourself. Growing up every one of us never had a/c, for the obvious reasons, plus as an adult that is the 1 creature comfort I can’t do without. I don’t have a central HVAC system, because I could never justify paying the important replacement price, although I do have a portable A/C unit. It is about the size of a space heater, plus I keep it in our front closet except for the hottest of Summer afternoons. It is just big enough to cool myself and others off. It is strong enough for cooling down an entire room, although I always sit right in front of it plus block the air vents so I get 100% of the conditioned air. If I was certainly self sufficient I would supply our own power plus Springtime for a geothermal heat pump, however for our needs a gas powered generator is enough. Aside from using the a/c unit once in a while, plus seeing films on Tuesday days, I entirely don’t need a lot of power.