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Why You Should Use Local Goods and Services

Why You Should Use Local Goods and Services

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It can be easy to buy and do everything through massive multinational corporations and not bother with small, local businesses. However, these same businesses need your support, and there are plenty of reasons to use them over their corporate competitors. Here are some reasons why you should use local goods and services.

 

Fewer Miles Travelled

 

If you care about the planet, being eco-friendly and reducing carbon emissions, then you should go local. Local good such as locally grown food has far fewer miles travelled. This means that it hasn’t been on a boat, plane, train, or truck to make its way to you. This also probably means that it is much fresher and has far fewer chemicals on it to keep it fresh. Locally produced goods are also the work of much smaller teams who love what they do, rather than a faceless corporation. There might be a slight premium on these kinds of products, but they are often of a higher quality and are made with a lot more attention and care. Often locally made goods are made by hand rather than being mass produced in a factory. This also means that they are more unique. If you care about any of those things, then you should buy locally made goods.

 

They Know The Area

 

The benefit of buying locally is that the people you are getting a good or service from know the area. If you are hiring movers, then you want to look up local moving services in the area. They will know the best way to transport your things to or from your home, won’t get lost and if you are moving into an area, they will be able to tell you about it. The same is true for other kinds of good or service. Due to the fact that these people live and work locally, they know the area well and can provide advice or tips based on this. On the other hand, larger companies do not know about specific areas and won’t be able to give you that same level of care and attention. For example, if you are buying a car from a local dealership they will be able to tell you how this car will perform on local roads and streets. This might mean that certain cars are better or worse for you depending on where you live. You might need a 4×4 over a city car, and the will be able to advise you on this. A large company can give you the benefits of each, but not in the context of where you will use it.

 

Build A Relationship

 

This is one of the best reasons to buy locally. You get to build a relationship with the people you are buying from. For example, if you regularly go into a local grocery store then you will get to know the staff and owner of the store and get to know them. This adds a personal touch to each visit, and it can be a way for you to make friends in a new area and get to know where you are living. If you are buying your groceries from a large company that you won’t get this as they have too many employees and won’t be able to treat you the same way.

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Becoming Healthy The Organic Way

Becoming Healthy The Organic Way

With all of the expensive fad diets in the world these days, you will be thankful to know that there is a way of keeping yourself healthy using organic methods. Switching to all organic foods and methods is becoming increasingly popular because of the awareness of animal and human cruelty being largely spread. We have also realised that nasty additives aren’t good for our bodies. Eating organic foods will not only improve your health no end, but it will also help take steps towards ensuring that animal cruelty ends. Here are some ways that you can become fully organic.

For something to be organic, it has to be derived in the most natural way, without the use of chemicals, pesticides or additives. This means that ingredients like vegetables, cops and fruit must not have anything added to them to make them grow bigger and better. Growing your own vegetables and fruit means that you can rest assured that no horrible chemicals have been added to your food. If you have children, growing your own produce is a brilliant way of getting them on board and keeping them excited about eating organically. You may need to invest in a greenhouse for your garden for certain fruit and vegetables, but it will pay for itself in time.

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Having meat that is organic is a must too. It must have been able to wander about and not be kept in a cage. Animals that are kept in cages are often bred for the sake of killing and then the sale of their meat. Having livestock that has been organically raised will often taste better too, because it will have had the chance to graze on natural sources and had plenty of sunlight. If you have the space, (and the time) you could think about getting a chicken coop. Letting them run free around your backyard and feeding them only fresh and natural seeds is another way that you could become organic. That is, if you can handle humanely killing and plucking one, of course.

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Ensuring that things that you have to buy in are organically sourced is important too, so be sure to check all of the labels on your products. Drinks, for example, are something that you should keep an eye out for. Consider buying skinny tea for your morning drinks because you can rest assured that it was fairly sourced, and it’s great for your health too. Only buying organic cleaning products from the store too will benefit your health because you won’t be using any harsh chemicals that can damage your skin and lungs from inhalation. Organic products often smell nicer too.

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Although buying organically can often prove to be more expensive, isn’t it worth spending that extra money for the sake of yours and your family’s health? If you are choosing to go organic, why not go green too and help save our wonderful earth?

We should all aim on making the world a better place to live.

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Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

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Energy prices are rising, and that isn’t good news for the average homeowner. Keeping the finances out of the red isn’t easy as it stands currently, but higher energy bills only make it harder. The result is that the majority of people are looking for ways to cut their expenses in half. Unfortunately, there are so many tips on the Web that finding the ones that work is difficult. In fact, it’s almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this post has put together the great and the good of energy cutting tips.

Here are the commandments that you need to implement in your household.

Go Green

Run of the mill homes burn fossil fuels to keep warm. Although it’s effective, it is also expensive and bad for the environment. The obvious solution is to implement eco-friendly methods to help save the planet and your bank balance. Take the kitchen appliances as an example. On an average day, a family can use these devices dozens of times. Some don’t even turn off at all, such as the fridge. By turning them down, the amount of energy they use is a lot less throughout the week. By the end of the month, this should reflect in your bill.

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Switch Providers

Almost everyone picks a supplier and never changes. The reason is the hassle. Apparently, it is too much bother to pick up the phone or browse the internet. The truth is that it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is click on a comparison website and input your search. The results then appear, and you choose the one which seems the most beneficial. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry. Because energy providers are rivals, the discounts they offer to new customers are significant.

Maintain The Boiler

The boiler is without a doubt the biggest culprit when it comes to energy bills. Most of them are outdated and use energy as if it grows on trees. Thankfully, there are ways to get it to tow the party line. For starters, you can replace it with a newer model. Yes, this is expensive in the beginning, but the savings are quite remarkable after a couple of years. Or, you can use experts like Heat-line to prevent heat loss. The electric heat tape that they sell, for example, regulates water temperatures so that it doesn’t keep on heating and cooling down. If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can do it yourself with a furnace cover or foil.

Replace Light Bulbs

Standard light bulbs are remarkably inefficient. In essence, they produce more heat than they do light. That means the majority of the energy is wasted on needlessly. It’s almost like throwing money down the drain. By installing CFLS bulbs, there is no reason to lose money any longer. These are eco-friendly bulbs that have a much better light to heat ratio. Sure, they are not as bright, yet they get brighter with time.

Follow these commandments and there won’t be any nasty surprises.

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