So many of us find that our monthly bills for the family are simply too expensive. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to rely on those expensive energy suppliers? And if the cost of food were more affordable, many of us would be enjoying healthy diets all the time. Some people are fortunate enough to live in houses with plenty of outdoor space to grow their own. They might even have their own wind turbine to provide them with free energy. So what can the rest of us do to take another step toward self-sustained living?
It’s not always easy to allocate lots of your garden to grow your own food. And for those that live in apartment blocks, access to a private veggie patch can be tricky to achieve. There are ways to grow some of your produce indoors. If you have the resources, you can use special lamps to help plants like herbs and vegetables grow for much of the year. Giving up part of your home to this can be quite difficult to do though.
Instead, you might try to start smaller. And no, you don’t need to invest in expensive bulbs or seeds to get going. Follow my article about growing from food scraps, and you could be enjoying fresh produce quite quickly with few resources. A few pots are all you need. These could sit on your balcony, your patio, or eventually transfer to your vegetable patch. They all start indoors where they are protected but can still receive enough light from the window.
Once you start growing some of your own produce, you should also begin to see your monthly food bill drop. This can offer a lot of relief when budgets are tight. You can even have fresh eggs every day at home if you have space for a few chickens. You might need to learn more about chicken incubators so that you can hatch your own birds to lay for you. Having fresh produce growing at home might mean you become more inclined to cook from fresh too.
What about powering your cooking? Energy certainly does cost a lot, and few of us can install a wind turbine at home! But you can install solar panels. In fact, in some places, there are subsidies to help cover the cost of that. While the sun is shining, you can enjoy plenty of power for free. You don’t have to have a professional installation attached to your roof. Lighting for your garden and even pumps for your water features can all be powered by small solar panels that you can place where you like.
So how can you cook for free? Microwaving or using an electric hob, oven, or slow cooker can be done much more cheaply during the day using solar power. A garden pizza oven that burns your own wood can also reduce the costs of some of your baking. You may need to get creative with some of your dishes, but isn’t it worth it to take that extra step toward self-sustained living?