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Why You Should Always Use A Lid When You’re Cooking

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Use your lid! Using a saucepan lid when you are cooking helps save you energy and money.

Something I’m really passionate about is saving energy.  Saving energy is such a win-win for everyone. It helps keep a lid on your energy bills AND helps the environment at the same time.  

Energy saving is important for the environment because on average, electricity and gas use creates about a quarter of all carbon emissions from our homes. Cut our electricity and gas use, and we cut our carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.

I know a fair bit about saving energy (I even did a City & Guilds course on it once), so I guess I could say I’m a qualified energy saver.  It’s no good if I just keep all that knowledge to myself, so I thought I’d start a blog series on how to save energy simply. And whilst you can save energy by making improvements to your home, for this series I want to focus on the tips anyone can do. Whether you own your home or not. So I’ll be focusing on the tips that don’t need any fancy equipment (in this tip, just a saucepan lid), nor do they require you to spend any money whatsoever. This is especially relevant as energy bills are expected to rise steeply in 2021.

Use A Lid

use a lid to save energy when you are cooking

Tip one in my energy saving series is as simple as they come:

Use A Lid

Yes, use a lid on your saucepans when you cooking on the hob.

Using a lid on your pots or saucepan when you’re cooking speeds up the cooking time. This is because the lid keeps the heat in the pan, where it’s needed, rather than escaping into the air.  This reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food. It also stops you from unnecessarily heating your kitchen rather than your food.

Simmering vegetables, cooking pasta, rice, or potatoes, making soup or sauces, and boiling eggs will all benefit from you using a lid. The good news is so will your pocket too!

If you found this useful, then I’ve got lots more easy energy-saving tips right here in my archive.

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How To Revive Tired Bees With Sugar Water

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bee sugar solution

Today I’m going to show you how to revive tired bees.  You see, we’re big fans of bees at Moral Fibres, but our poor bees are in decline, due to neonicotinoid pesticide usage, as well as habitat loss and pollution. Our fuzzy friends need all the help they can get.

It’s all well and good when the bees are buzzing around, doing their thing.  But have you ever seen a tired, struggling, or apparently dying or dead bee in your home or garden?  When I’ve seen bees like this I’ve always assumed that they were dying or dead.  Ever the optimist! However, the other day my other half told me they’re not dying, just tired.  And that you can actually revive these bees quickly and easily using only sugar and water. Let me show you how to revive these tired bees.

How to Revive Tired Bees

revive tired bee

It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive tired and exhausted bees.

To create this energy drink for bees to revive tired bees, the RSPB suggests mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water.  Then place the sugar/water mix on a plate or spoon.  Do not add any more water otherwise, the bee could drown. 

Next place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy it needs to fly back to its hive.

Some Do’s & Don’ts For Feeding Bees

There are some do’s and don’ts for reviving tired bees.

Don’t be tempted to offer tired bees honey.  In most cases, the honey isn’t suitable as a lot of honey is imported and may not always be right for native British bees.  And only ever offer white granulated sugar when you need to revive a bee. Never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners as these could be harmful to bees.

Don’t leave any sugar-water solution sitting out in your garden for bees to drink from at their leisure.  This can prevent the bees from gathering precious pollen and could be detrimental to their health. Instead, use this sugar-water technique only as an emergency when a tired bee is clearly in need of reviving.  Think of it as bee CPR!

Thankfully I haven’t seen any tired bees since learning this useful tip to try it out.  However, knowing some very basic “thirst aid” (!) for bees can go a long way in helping out the bees to rebuild their depleted population sizes.

Why Are Bees Important?

Bees are crucial to help maintain the health of our environment, and for our food supply. The Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says thatclose to 75% of the world’s crops producing
fruits and seeds for human consumption depend, at least in part, on pollinators for sustained production, yield, and quality
“. This means without bees, we would struggle to feed ourselves.

Being able to revive tired bees is one key aspect. Another bee-friendly step that you can take is to plant a bee-friendly garden. Or, if you don’t have a garden, here’s how you can help the bees in other ways.

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