How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

 

Today, thousands of people are becoming more environmentally aware and conscious of their footprint on the planet. More green products are hitting the market every day. 

 

Eco-friendly kitchen countertops, tiles, and appliances are becoming hot items. You can help save the planet too by making your kitchen more eco-friendly with these simple tips.

 

FUNDAMENTALS

 

Stainless steel appliances are now available with water and ice recycling built right in the door. Cabinets can be made of recycled paperboard and solid wood or manufactured wood products.

 

High-quality kitchen cabinetry is the most important step when designing an eco-friendly kitchen. It can last up for a few decades, won’t break easily, and is easy to maintain. Investing in this type of cabinetry is fundamental.

 

APPLIANCES

 

When you buy kitchen appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers, look for the Energy Star rating (the appliances with this rating tend to use less energy than other products).

 

The refrigerator is a major energy spender, but you can change around where it’s placed in the kitchen to cut down on some of its energy usages. Since the refrigerator draws cold air from outside, keep it on the shady side of your home if possible.

 

The most wasteful appliance in your kitchen is probably your stove. To save energy, turn the burners off when they are not being used. Not only will this cut down on your energy bill, but it will also help the food cook faster.

LIGHTING

 

Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs. Switching from incandescent to fluorescent has been shown to save up to 75% of the energy used for lighting a kitchen. They may cost a little more than standard light bulbs, but they last longer and use less energy than their traditional counterparts.

 

If you can afford to do so, install solar panels on your roof or purchase an eco-friendly device that uses alternative energy sources like solar power or wind power (to save electricity).

 

DECORATION

 

If you want to decorate your home with something other than flowers, trees, or stones, then you should look into purchasing one of the many organic home decor choices available. Even if you don’t want to go all out and replace your entire kitchen with “green” appliances, there are still things you can do to make a difference.

CLEANING

 

A great way to clean your counters instead of using chemicals is a combination of vinegar and water. It’s natural, it’s almost free, and it’s good for both – yours and your kitchen’s health. 

 

When cleaning, pay attention to your floors. You might want to wait to mop the floor until it’s dry. Leaving water on the floor for a long time can make it seep into the floorboards and warp them.

 

In the end, consider composting your food scraps instead of throwing them away. It’s an eco-friendly option, but also a more budget-friendly one!

If you aren’t sure how to make these changes or if you want more information about them, feel free to contact our experts for a free consultation. Write to us at info@nelsonkb.com or just call us at 832-998-6598. We love to hear from you!

 

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