Saving Money and Energy on Cooking
Did you know that you can also save both money and energy on cooking? Cooking for a whole week in one go is perfectly possible. All it takes is a little planning and probably a whole Sunday afternoon of cooking. After you have cooked for the entire week, freeze or chill the individually packed meals so they’ll be ready for heating up when you need to eat your meal.
Though this idea became popular during World War II because there were limited resources, it still makes sense today. It just needs common sense and a little bit of planning. You’ll surely be amazed at how easy the process is and how much you can save money while contributing something for the environment.
The idea of pot roasts is not so popular nowadays. Cooking a chicken using a slow cooker in seven or eight hours uses only a third of the energy that cooking in an oven does. And this applies when cooking any meat as well as vegetables and other food you could think of. If you have cheap electricity at night, you could make use of it to slowly cook chicken, meat, veggies, or anything overnight. It’s as simple as that.
Going organic is also one way of giving back to our planet. Carbon dioxide is captured and stored in organic soils better and more effective than in ordinary soils, making organic foods friendlier to the planet.
Here’s a good example of just how good organic growing can be: If corn and soybeans are planted in organic conditions, 580 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will no longer be pumped into our atmosphere.
Organically grown foods are not just good for our environment. It’s also good for our health. Also think about the amount of money you can save when going organic. So if you’re really serious about going green, eat only organic food. Organic foods also taste a lot better compared to those you buy in grocery stores.
Americans have a habit of serving up too much food which leads to a huge amount of waste. According to statistics, Americans throw away 14 million tons of food every year! That’s 100 pounds a year for each of us ending in the trash bins.
If you want to go green, serve up less food on the family’s dining table. On average, 30 to 50 percent of the food we buy gets dumped whether we eat at home or dine out. Think about the people living in third world countries who don’t have enough food on their plates. In fact, people in third world countries may be wondering where to get their meals for the day.
Teach your family to achieve zero food waste. Your family could save a lot every year from practicing zero food waste. Also think about how much the environment would benefit from it.
Are you using bottled water at home? If yes, did you know that you could be wasting $1,400 on average per year? What’s worse is that only around 5% of the empty plastic bottles are recycled which means 95% of them und up in landfills!
Instead of using bottled water at home, you can invest in a multi-stage water filter to fit your existing water system. It costs around $100 for a filter and with it your water is safe to drink and will make it taste as great as bottled water. You can save around $1,300 and the environment will feel much better without plastic bottles dumped into the landfills.