Category: Sustainability

Sustainability with Your Bread Machine

bread machine ingredients

One way to participate in sustainable and organic living is to use a bread machine. These appliances are energy-efficient, allowing you to conserve more energy for the betterment of the planet.

Power Consumption

In contrast to your oven which uses about 1.5-1.6 kWh per use, a bread maker only consumes 0.35-0.36 kWh of energy. You can totally replace your oven with a bread machine because it’s flexible—it can make a healthy crust, cake, pasta, and jam too. Check out my favorite top 5 bread makers right now and start your bread making journey ASAP!

bread in a bread machine

Money Matters

Another reason why you should use a bread maker is that it saves money. If you buy ingredients in bulk, you can save up to $400 annually! The machine might be costly at the beginning, but the total costs per year would be much lower compared to buying bread from stores. Plus, you’ll eat healthier with fresh ingredients.

Ease of Use

Aside from saving electricity, bread makers can also save your energy because they’re so easy to use. It’s the only appliance you’ll love even if you don’t know how to bake. It makes bread on its own, saving you from exerting a lot of energy kneading and mixing the ingredients. Even if you have allergies or special dietary restrictions, your bread machine can still work well. It allows you to use your favorite ingredients without judging you. You can add any fruit, seed, and nut to your bread and it won’t even complain. Besides, you don’t have to babysit this appliance; it operates just the way it should be.

 

bread machine ingredients

Conclusion

You can totally use a bread machine without worrying about time, money, and energy. Aren’t you thankful we have these impressive appliances? Show your gratitude by saying good bye to commercial breads and welcoming your bread maker with wide open arms instead!

7 of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World

Green buildings and sustainable design innovations are increasingly making its mark in the world. There are a growing number of structures built with sustainability in mind. This shift towards eco-friendly design resulted to some of the most awe-inspiring green buildings across the globe that combines aesthetics and function.

1. Bahrain World Trade Center
Bahrain WTC
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Highlights: Modern design equipped with three huge wind turbines on its façade. The turbines provide roughly 15% of energy used to power the building. Bahrain WTC also has a solar-powered and other sustainable design features.

2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
 KAUST
Location: Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Highlights: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is touted to be the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum project at the time it was certified. The massive complex fully utilizes its wastewater.

3. Pixel
pixel
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Highlights: First carbon neutral building in Australia, energy efficient (façade made of pixilated shade design, use of natural daylight and ventilation); a green roof with solar panels, wind turbines, and rain harvesting features; high LEED rating

4. Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower
Location: Shanghai, China
Highlights: Wind turbines installed on top, use of natural lighting; automated system that keep tracks of heating, lighting, and ventilation; other green features and technology

5. TELUS Garden
Telus Garden
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Highlights: LEED Platinum mixed-use building; sustainability features include rainwater harvesting, community food garden, an energy system that maximizes heat from the facility’s data centre to regulate temperature in the office and residential buildings; solar panels, green space outdoors, electric vehicles’ charging area

6. The Crystal
the crystal
Location: London, England, UK
Highlights: LEED Platinum building, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) “Outstanding” certification, a roof with a rainwater harvesting feature, recycling and reusing of wastewater, no fossil resources used

7. The Edge
The Edge
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Touted as the world’s most sustainable building, carbon neutral building, boasts of innovative and sustainable features, state of the art technology that promotes sustainability, 98.36% BREEAM sustainability score; highly efficient LED panels with light, motion, and temperature sensors among others; optimal use of natural lighting and ventilation, use of smart and sustainable technologies