Food and Energy Savings Live Simply Workshops

8 Mar
At the workshops I have had discussions and agreement that if we can get our energy and food needs taken care of more cheaply, our budget will be okay as and individual or family.  We are not only not doing some simple things to save on our energy and food needs, we have a generation who doesn’t plan ahead for emergencies like our Grandparents and Greatgrandparents did.  Consider these two simple ways of saving immediately:
Energy 
-Use home for homebase and not a pitstop.  Plan your week and your trips.  Become more effecient.
-Don’t allow your electric water heater to run 24/7.  Install an inexpensive timer or shut off 20+hrs. a day.
Food
-Buy when items are on sale.  This is your commodity market purchase.
-Use dinner leftovers for lunch throughout the week
These 4 suggestions have the potential of saving hundreds for you this year.  I teach that the savings should be split in half with half being invested in more food and energy savings and the other half is true savings to the family budget and left alone.  Don@livesimply workshops
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6 Responses to “Food and Energy Savings Live Simply Workshops”

  1. Randy C Almendinger March 11, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Food: Believe it or not, a menu really does work to help save money! Make out a monthly menu based around seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Also, use local sales items to create the menu, too. Try to eliminate as many ‘instant’ foods as you can as they are very expensive.

    Another concept is called ‘mega cooking’. Take one or two days a month to cook large quantities of different foods for the entire month. Divide into portions and freeze for later use. Saves those last minute runs to the store which are expensive.

  2. 12voltdc March 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Living simply does not exactly mean a return to a lifestyle “enjoyed” by our grandparents and their kin. I am sure their lives were not that enjoyable, at least not by today’s standards. Simpler maybe, but only because they had fewer distractions. Bank the fire at night and blow out the candles, stir the embers in the morning and bring in the wood. Spend the day shooting dinner. Important yes, but it didn’t take a lot of focus or gray matter upstairs.

    Today, living simply is an endeavor to survive well, in spite of the electric power grid going off-line… as this will adversely affect the flow of gasoline, and will quickly prohibit grocers from stocking their shelves.

    There are many preparations and adjustments to be made. One necessity, at least to me, is the replacement of the electricity. Power from the sun is free, but there is required some expense and know-how up front to enjoy this free source of power.

    Power from the sun can be harnessed and used as 12-volt direct current. This is different than the local power provider sends to us in our homes, that being 110-120 volts of alternating current. Solar panels gather sunlight and store this energy in deep cycle 12-volt batteries. These batteries then provide power to 12-volt dc appliances, such as lights and other appliances wired for 12-volt dc. With an inverter, (a device taking in 12-volt dc and putting out 110-120 volts of alternating current) larger appliances, requiring more power, can be plugged in, i.e.: tools, heaters, cooking appliances, water heaters (if you run out of wood), and even small refrigerators.

    Living simply is not a return to the Stone Age. It is an intentional lifestyle of depending on oneself, using common sense, thinking outside the box, and using alternative tools and methods to live in this new millennium.

    • livesimplyworkshops March 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Thank you for all the work you are doing on exploring 12v. applications John. While our Grandparents didn’t have an easier lifestyle and actually it took more physical daily work, they had a lifestyle that made it possible to be more self-sufficient. As soon as I mention “self-sufficiency” I recall that family and neighbors pitched in to do work which made a closer community and easier to survive tough times. Our individual independence, while great in many aspects doesn’t allow others to use their strengths, gifts, etc. to help us or others. Thus, our workshops and this blog are to help us learn how to better help ourselves with responsiblities but be able to help one another too. Thanks again for your work with TGSG and LiveSimplyWorkshops. Don

  3. Randy C Almendinger March 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Household Mysteries Solved: The Missing Sock
    by Marian Strozier | Monday, March 12th, 2012 | From: Featured, Home and Garden

    Many people believe that socks get lost in the clothes dryer. When a washing machine repairman visited my home a few years ago, I heard a different theory. Socks, he said, sometimes get wrapped around the agitator’s support rod at the bottom of the washing machine.
    So how do you keep your socks from entering the Bermuda Triangle of hosiery? The repairman told me to place the socks on top of the laundry load so they won’t get pushed down by the other clothing (put the largest pieces on the bottom). I’ve also found that it helps to fold the top of one sock of a pair into the open end of the other before washing. Some people also launder socks in mesh bags, or clip the socks together.
    If you suffer from the Missing Sock Syndrome (MSS), you may want to try any of these methods.

  4. 12voltdc August 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    September is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to do some 12vdc chores before it gets too cold. All batteries have been cleaned, checked, brought up to a full 12.6 charge (if not already), with all connections checked for corrosion and tightness. Too difficult to do when it’s 20 degrees out.
    Just finishing up adding an 8′ x 12″ addition to the pallet shed. Will mostly be for some storage and a wood working shop, albeit a small one.
    Using some saved wood from a downed Bradford pear tree to create wooden figures to place in strategic spots with LED lighting to light dark areas along my walkway.
    Still converting 110-volt lighting fixtures to 12 vdc. Interesting work all.

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