Save Money


As the days are progressing deeper into the winter, temperature has started to drop dramatically.

End result to this? Well, a pricey utility bill coming from excessive use of heating appliances at home. If you’ve ever managed utility bills for your home, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about — though electric costs surge in both summer and winter due to use of A/C and heaters respectively, winter costs tend to be even higher than those of summer time. With combination of high utility costs with Christmas and New Year holidays, winter season really puts a lot of stress on us financially with a burden of spending money for ourselves (utility costs) as well as for others (holiday gifts). Especially this year, with the economy being still cold as it is, this financial burden could hit on us even more critically.

So to help you cut back on your winter spending, I’m providing you with some simple tips to save money this season: And yes, as this blog is named “Green Your Kitchen”, these are tips to save on your kitchen utility costs 🙂

Refrigerator

1) Refrigerator/Freezer — According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a few simple adjustments can trim roughly up to 40~50% of operating costs associated with refrigerator and freezer. First is to adjust the thermostat (more…)

Last week I wrote about how more people are choosing unhealthy food to cut back on their expenses, as a result of this on-going global economic crisis.

And to follow up on that, here are some tips on how you can spend less dollars, and still eat healthy (how great  is that?!)  — based on “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” report by a green organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • If you do not have enough budget to buy everything organic, try saving your dollars for “high-risk” produce. According to the report by EWG, produce such as peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, strawberries, lettuce, carrots and pears get highly contaminated by pesticides. (even if you rinse them before you eat) Thus, it is highly recommended that you put them on top of your list when going organic-grocery-shopping.
  • For items like onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, asparagus, cabbage, kiwi, watermelon, broccoli and tomato, (more…)

As I was looking at news online, I found this interesting article featuring the recent study by an organization called Christians Against Poverty (CAP) which is based in UK.

The study looked at how people’s eating habits have changed due to the current economic downturn. And the results are… well, not too good (as far as health is concerned). It said that almost a third of 2000 respondents were eating less healthily than last year in a bid to save money amid soaring food prices and economic downturn. And more people are turning to cheap, processed foods as organic, healthier foods tend to be more expensive.

Upon looking at the article, I just could not agree less  (more…)

I’ve been using an electric cooktop for almost an year now – and you know, by electric I mean those stove cooktops that have circles drawn on top with red-light glowing in them to heat up your pot/pan as supposed to having real flames coming out. And although electric cooktops are supposedly more innovative (I agree with this part) and safer than the traditional flame-bursting stoves, as I’ve been using one for a while, I noticed that’s not necessarily the case.

Electric Cooktop
From personal experience, these more-expensive electric cooktops (around $500-1000 more expensive than traditional ones) have both ups and downs (more…)

I read a blog post earlier today about sinks/faucets and this quote jumped out to me:  “If you have a faucet that drips once every minute, that amounts to 54.75 gallons of water wasted annually.”

(source:  Quality Bath)

I’m not 100% as to whether or not that stat is true, but one thing is for sure, a drippy sink WASTES.  So now the more important question is, how do I fix and potentially prevent this from happening?

I scoured the Internet for appropriate (and affordable) steps the average person can make.  Quality Bath suggests hire a plumber or install a new faucet because most likely the sink was improperly installed.  However, I would suggest going straight to the person who installed the sink to get them to do it for free/extremely discounted price, or if that is not an option, go with the plumber before automatically giving in to buy a new sink.

Most importantly, please please please take note if your sink is dripping.  My friend Abbi keeps telling me that it takes 20 days to create a habit, so force yourself to be attentive for 3 weeks and hopefully it’ll make a difference in the long run.  You’ll save the world’s precious resources as well as your own money.

From multiple standpoints, you don’t need a TV in your kitchen especially if you have a family.

Look at the behemoth TV.  Do you reeeeeeally need it?  Probably not, but we convince ourselves that we do.  And now more than ever we don’t because we can’t use the excuse that you don’t want to miss your favorite shows–that’s all online or on demand.

This will save you money on not having to buy a TV, not paying for cable, lower electricity bills, and for a less selfish reason, you won’t be draining on the Earth’s limited energy as much.  The savings will add up over time, I promise.  With all this saved money, you can buy organic eggs or even put it towards recycled napkins since they’re probably both more expensive than what you normally buy.

To go off a slight tangent, I’ve seen the deterioration of the family unit as a result of the TV in the kitchen.  The kids want to watch TV.  The parents spoil the kids and say yes.  The parents and the kids talk less making it that much more awkward to discuss problems or concerns.

So do yourself a favor, don’t buy a TV for your kitchen and if you already have one, put it in another room or store it until another one you have now breaks.  Do this for  your if not for monetary or environmental reasons.