People are becoming more and more aware of the fact that it’s very important to think locally when it comes to buying produce and supporting your local economy. People are also more aware of the global implications of mass produced food and the horrible impact that unsustainable farming and fishing has on our planet. There have been many documentaries, articles, and viral stories – especially with regards to Monsanto in recent months. Social media has been a major factor in the spread of information and the general surge of interest in local farming and sustainable agriculture.
So what are some ways that YOU can participate, and yet keep your costs down? As we all know, being more green can add up. But being green can also save you money if you make the right choices.
Farmers markets are not only the source of the most fresh produce you can buy, but you’re also doing your part to support local farmers as well as organic foods and foods that are produced in more green and humane ways. I know that in San Diego there are a plethora of farmers markets on multiple days of the week. There are also local farm stands where I can buy local seasonal produce as well as organic protein such as free range chicken and eggs. Once you know where to find these things it’s only a matter of creating a routine so that you can take advantage. You don’t necessarily have to go cold turkey on your supermarket habit, but by taking small steps – say, buying tomatoes from the farm stand once a week – you’ll get used to it. And once you make it a habit you’ll find that it’s ultimately more rewarding and the food is much tastier and healthier!
Saving Energy At Home
Saving energy at home is a great way to not only save money, but also to help the environment. There are a few things you can do to save quite a bit of money and time over the course of a year.
Get a learning thermostat. These new technological wonders can regulate the temperature in your house and learn your habits. It will figure out your schedule and also whether or not you stay out late on Friday nights. If for any reason you’re going to be gone for an evening unexpectedly, you can use your smartphone to adjust the thermostat. Even these small things can add up over the course of a year.
Turn of your computer! I know so many people that leave their computer running 24/7. They mainly do this because their computer is slow, and it’s a hassle to turn it on and off because it takes so darn long. So use a software tool to clean up your PC from spyware, malware, extra files, and other junk. This can make it much more easy to turn off your computer when you don’t need it because you know it will be ready to go when you want to turn it on again!