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15 Ways To Get MORE Money And Buy MORE Survival Food

15 Ways To Get More Money And Buy More Survival Food

If you wonder why 95% of Americans are unprepared for the coming crisis… well, it’s not all ignorance, I can tell you that. There are many fellow citizens that simply cannot afford building a solid stockpile.

Sure, they have a dozen cans and a few bags of wheat, but that could only feed their family for a week or two. So how can you save more money to buy your loved ones their well-deserved salvation?

You cut expenses. And by that, I mean slash the money-eating “monster” that’s been chewing on your pocket for years: energy.

So today we’re going to talk about the 15 ways to cut energy expenses and cramp your pantry with loads of emergency items.

1. Evaluate your energy use.

This is the first step in saving a load of money on energy. If you don’t already keep all your electric bills, then you should try to find the ones you haven’t thrown out. Just check how much you consume during summer, how much during winter and compare them with spring or autumn months. Try to identify the “pain points” and list them on a paper. This way, you’ll know what to begin with.

If you’re looking for a quicker, simpler solution, you can also try The EPA’s Energy Star program, at energystar.gov.

2. Check for cracks and gaps in the walls.

This should take you just a couple of hours tops. Here’s what you need to do. Walk around your rooms, the back of your hand close to the walls, and try to feel any draft coming from cracks or gaps. The best time to do this is at night, when the air is colder and you can feel it on your skin.

3. Seal out heat during summer.

You can do that by covering your windows with shades or by with a special heat-blocking film. This way, the sun rays stay outside your home and you won’t need to turn on the air conditioning. You can literally save hundreds just by keeping overwhelming heat out of your house.

4. Seal the heat in during winter.

If you’ve got direct sun exposure during daylight, leave the blinds or drapes open to let the heat enter your rooms. When the sun goes down, close them to seal the heat in.

5. Change your light bulbs more often.

It sounds crazy, but changing light bulb more often can actually save you money. You see, the “older” a bulb gets, the more power it consumes. So if you want to reduce consumption, you should change all the bulbs in your home at once, according to a schedule.

How do you make that schedule? It’s simple: you check out its rated life (on the package), and calculate 80% of it. You write down the date when the bulb reaches its maximum potential and then change it.

6. Keep your fridge “healthy”.

Check the coils behind the refrigerator to see if they’re clean. Do it on a regular basis. This way, the airflow will ease the compressor’s job and save a lot of unnecessary consumption.

Also, defrost the freezer at least three times a year. It will prevent frost from building up and slashing energy efficiency.

7. Building maintenance.

If you tend to open your windows every time your home gets overheated during winter, then you should consider an energy saving alternative. Talk to your building maintenance reporter and tell him about this situation. Notify him if your house gets overcooled in the summer as well. You may be wasting a whole lot of energy without even realising it.

That’s all for now, but stick around, cause I’ve got more consumption cutting solutions for you.

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