5 Ways to Go Green in Your Kitchen
As the primary site for fresh food storage, cooking, cleaning, dining and socializing, your kitchen houses appliances, electronics and fixtures that consume a majority of the electricity in your home, as well as a great deal of the water. This means that large parts of your utility bills reflect what you do in your kitchen.
Follow these 5 tips to go green in your kitchen, and make your home more environmentally friendly and save money on your energy and water bills.
Replace your old refrigerator, stove and other appliances with models bearing an Energy Star label, which indicates that the appliance meets or exceeds efficiency standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While Energy Star qualified products can cost more than similar appliances, you’ll recoup the difference in purchase price by saving on future energy bills.
Remodel with eco-friendly materials
Choose cork or bamboo instead of hardwoods when replacing cabinets, countertops and flooring. Cork is bark, and bamboo is grass. Both are much easier to replace than pine or oak after being harvested. The eco-friendly materials also provide uniquely beautiful looks.
Upgrade your kitchen sink by installing a low-flow faucet. This will drastically reduce the amount of water you use without sacrificing the performance of your tap.
Make use of natural light
Kitchen windows should already let in plenty of sunlight. But since natural light is the healthiest and highest quality light, look for ways to let even more sunshine into your kitchen. Consider replacing a wooden exterior door with a glass one and placing a skylight in the ceiling. Either, and both, will improve the atmosphere of the kitchen while allowing you to use artificial lighting less often.
Switch to LED lights
You can’t depend on natural light all the time, however. For nighttime and early mornings, use LED lights instead of compact fluorescent light bulbs or incandescent bulbs in light fixtures. Of the three options, LEDs require the least electricity, emit the least heat and tend to last the longest before burning out.