So I came across the following sentence:
Use the staircase without a lift or an escalator to save energy.
Even though the description suggested that there is nothing wrong with it,
I felt a bit uneasy about using the word "without" here, as I thought that it would be more natural if it used "instead of".
I did some research, and I got the following definition for "without".
with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking:
I was a bit confused because when I consider the meaning "avoidance", it seemed to make sense.
As I'm not particularly fluent at English, I thought that I should ask.
So I am curious if it's alright to use "without" in place of "instead of" and if not, why.