Green Kitchens: Ecology Tips
The push is on to encourage homeowners to focus on environmentally friendly
kitchens, especially when remodeling or building from scratch. You can reduce
energy consumption and costs which nourishing your body and soul at the same
time. Everyone wins.
Happily this doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style, luxury or convenience.
Here are a few tips to think about:
- Choose your appliances carefully. Generally speaking, a refrigerator or
dishwasher that is more than 10 years old is costing you money needlessly.
If your stove is over 20 years old, it is not as efficient as it could be
and it will pollute more.
- You can get a big return on investing in modern appliances because they
will typically reduce your energy usage by up to 50%. Look for the "Energy
Star" label on any appliance you consider getting.
- Try to run your dishwasher only when it is full. Select the energy and
water saving setting.
- Increase your sources of natural daylight as the sun is your most
- Add insulated double paned windows, solar tubes or skylights.
- Make sure your task lights are individually controlled.
- Whenever possible, use fluorocarbon light bulbs.
- When choosing cabinets, look for the KCMA Certified Cabinet Seal as this
means the cabinets are eco-friendly.
- Choose cabinets made from stainless steel, sustainable woods such as
alder or compressed agricultural plant materials (wheatboard, strawboard).
- Avoid particleboard or compressed-wood products as the formaldehyde
resins can produce toxic gasses.
- Don't replace, just reface, if your inside shelves and drawers are in
- Concrete, sustainable woods and recycled stone-chipped composites are
all eco-friendly and healthy choices.
- Recycled glass and cast concrete counters are as durable as granite but
less porous than marble.
- Make sure the finishes and surfaces are low toxicity.
- Hardwood floors are easier to stand on than stone or tile, have no grout
to clean and mop up easily with soap and water.
- Other good choices are tiles from reclaimed or recycled materials,
bamboo, linoleum or cork.
- Poured concrete is a modern, easy-care choice. It can be stained or even
made to look like tile.
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