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Franklin family stops using electricity, electronics one day a week


A Franklin family has stopped using electronics and electricity one day a week.

The Walker family has a contract that instills Blackout Tuesdays.

Beginning at 5 a.m., the Walkers turn out their lights and begin using lanterns and lighting fires.

"We do it once a week and it's on Tuesday," said Jan Walker.

She said that she does her make-up next to a window in the bathtub.

"You've got to have lots of light to do your make-up," she added.

Then on Sundays, the Walkers don't use electronics.

"No electronics on Sunday and we spend the day together as a family," Jan said.

They disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other.

Jan said that her daughters share a lot more and tell their parents more about their friends, their days and their challenges.

"It's really nice to hear that," Jan explained.

Their 13-year-old tore up the first contract because she was so upset.

"My parents are crazy," said Rachel, their daughter.

She added that she doesn't tell her friends at school that have blackout Tuesdays.

"I can tell there is a meaning behind it, but it's really hard," she explained.

Jan said that not using electricity and electronics for a short time each week is a reminder that there are people in the world and the state that struggle every single day.

The Walker family's contract expires at the end of the month, but they say they're going to keep turning off their electricity one day a week year-round.

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