Gelling test – this is how it works

Gelling test - this is how it works

Jam, jam or jelly: no matter how you prepare your sweet spread, a jelly sample is always worthwhile. You can find out why this is the case and how the gelling test works in this article.

Why is a gelling test worthwhile??

You try hard with your homemade jam, it tastes good, but it’s just too runny. Now you have several jars of liquid jam that is not really suitable as a spread. This can be avoided with a jelly sample – because as long as the jam is still warm, you can still make it jell afterwards and give it a firmer consistency.


Maintain, multiply and plant money tree – how it works

Maintain, multiply and plant money tree - how it works

Even if no real banknotes grow on the money tree, it is a very popular houseplant. Here you will learn everything about the correct care of the money tree and how to plant and multiply it.

The money tree originally comes from South Africa and belongs to the thick leaf family. It is also known as the "tree of luck". The Succulent has no high maintenance requirements and is therefore particularly suitable if you have a special one easy-care houseplant looking.

Money tree: So you plant it

The money tree is a very easy to maintain houseplant. (Photo: CC0 / Pixabay / Claire_Giral)


Saving money in everyday life – 7 sustainable tips

Saving money in everyday life - 7 sustainable tips

Saving money and still living sustainably? You can do this surprisingly easily in everyday life! You just need to know how: Here are 7 specific tips on how to relieve your wallet and at the same time do something for the environment and the climate.

Living more sustainably and saving money in the process – that doesn’t contradict each other? The cheapest alternatives are not often the most harmful to the environment – as is the case with low-quality plastic items that cost little but pollute the environment with toxins and waste?


Saving money in everyday life – 10 tips that also protect the environment

Saving money in everyday life - 10 tips that also protect the environment

Sustainability, environmental protection and conscious consumption – that often sounds like a lot of effort, loss of time and inconvenience. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With these ten simple tips everyone can make their everyday life a little greener and save money.

1. Save money on drinking: the bottle is always with you

We also want to have a sip of water or a waking coffee on the way. Pack yourself a refillable bottle or a thermo mug that you can fill with tap water or coffee on the go. This little extra grip on your own bottle requires a little rethinking, but as with many things, routine will quickly set in there and you will no longer go out of the house without a bottle or mug.


Money, happiness and power – why people cannot get enough

Money, happiness and power - why people cannot get enough

The unquenchable desire for more – is greed the engine of our world? A new documentary investigates the psychological phenomenon and shows the dangerous effects of addiction.

"The whole world is a mess! The more you have, the more you want ”- with these haunting words, the 90-minute documentary film“ Greed – A Fatal Desire ”by Jörg Seibold begins. "Why do I care that you have more when I have enough?"

The remarkable co-production by Deutsche Welle (DW) and RBB shows how deeply the hunt for money, happiness and power is anchored in our psyche – and what effects this has on our dealings with ourselves and the environment. DW editor Seibold is looking for explanations for what drives us and tells stories of people who, as perpetrators, victims or ordinary consumers, are part of a creeping change in values.


Make money work with triodos investment management

Make money work with triodos investment management

Selection processes for sustainable funds, such as ESG or best-in-class approaches, are important and correct, but they are no longer sufficient today. Anyone who wants to change the world positively as an impact investor needs new approaches.

"The fate of our climate is in the hands of impact investors." This quote comes from Christiana Figueres, former Secretary General of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the driving force behind the Paris Agreement. Christiana Figueres thus aims at the important role of banks, fund companies and investors in the fight against the climate collapse.


Burned palate – you can do that

Burned palate - you can do that

A burnt palate hurts uncomfortably. Here’s what you can do if you’ve burned yourself to hot drinks or food.

Palate burned by hot food

The oral mucosa – which covers our entire mouth – is very sensitive. When we eat or drink something hot, we can quickly satisfy our taste buds Burn tongue. Especially hot liquids like tea or Soup cause quick burns here because we swallow them directly without chewing beforehand. Oven dishes, such as gratin or oven vegetables, are also dangerous. The water content in the vegetables heats up very strongly, emerges when chewing and quickly spreads throughout the mouth.


Gas heating – these are the costs and advantages

Gas heating - these are the costs and advantages

Gas heaters are very efficient today and can be combined with renewable energies. We show different variants, costs and subsidies for gas heating.

Gas heaters: variants at a glance

Gas heating generates heat by burning gas Heat and for warm water. The heating systems have developed significantly over the past few decades and are very efficient: a new gas heater can be up to 40 percent more economical than an old model. This is mainly due to the high efficiencies of 95 to 98 percent. Almost all of the energy stored in the gas can be used for heating here. The following gas heaters are available:


Switching gas providers – it’s that easy

Switching gas providers - it's that easy

There are many reasons for switching gas suppliers: Switching to green gas often saves money. It can also be an important ecological contribution that everyone can make. We show how easy it is to change gas providers.

In the household alone, around 70 percent of energy consumption is used for heating. If you heat properly, you can significantly reduce your costs and CO2 emissions. But be careful: Not all biogas providers really produce ecologically. Read more about recommended biogas providers here.


Garden sponsors – this is where garden owners and co-gardeners come together

Garden sponsors - this is where garden owners and co-gardeners come together

Some have a garden, but not enough time for it. The others would like to garden, but do not have their own garden. The garden sponsors platform now brings the two together.

Many city dwellers without a balcony would like to be able to dig through the ground more often, see plants growing and harvest vegetables themselves. But as nice as it is to have your own garden: working with it can quickly grow over your head. The solution is actually obvious: sharing the garden, sharing work.

The Gartenpaten platform wants to connect “people with and without a garden”. Here you can quickly and easily place an ad in the categories "I am looking for" or "I am sharing". With the help of a map, you can search for current advertisements in your own location. With a bit of luck, the garden and gardener can find each other. So far, the number of ads is still manageable – but the idea is so good that it will certainly grow quickly.