Creating A Green Kitchen

Over the last few years, the world has become widely concerned with sustainable living practices. Many homeowners now count making their homes green and eco-friendly a top priority. But what many the homeowners may not know is that the kitchen area contributes the most environmental damage. Since the kitchen is the place where food is prepared and often consumed, undertaking a green kitchen remodeling is the best way to be environmentally friendly in the home. By using these six easy tips, homeowners can greatly improve the sustainability of their kitchen.

#1: Switch to natural dish soaps and kitchen cleaners.

Many of the dish detergents sold in stores are harsh on the environment. Look for biodegradable dish detergents and cleaners that can replace those already used frequently around the home. Also, consider using baking soda as a go-to cleaner. Baking soda cleans and deodorizes, and is easy on the environment.

#2: Rethink using disposables.

While it can be tempting to turn to paper products, switching to cloth products is not only better for the environment, but also helps to save money. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins and be sure to have enough to share with friends and guests. Stainless steel cookware is also a great material that is much more durable than the standard Teflon, and it won’t have to be repaired as often. Also, remember to use canvas grocery bags when shopping instead of the supplied plastic or paper bags.

#3: Change out kitchen appliances to more environmentally friendly options.

Induction cooking is a new method of oven cooking that doesn’t use direct heat and has less of an impact on the environment. Or avoid using the oven as often by having a toaster oven. Toaster ovens can cook most food items and use much less energy than a conventional oven, especially if the kitchen additionally contains a separate pop-up toaster.

#4: Look for energy star appliances.

Energy star appliances use much less energy to run; therefore, having a dishwasher and a refrigerator that are energy star approved is not only a great way to save energy, but will also result in a lower energy bill each month.

#5: Consider kitchen lighting.

Although good lighting in the kitchen is important, it can often result in harmful environmental consequences. Energy-star approved lighting fixtures use 75% less energy. The designers and manufacturers work hard to maintain a bright and consistent light, ensuring that the quality of the energy efficient options is keeping consumers happy.

#6: Think about the countertops and cabinets’ materials.

Choosing stainless steel or local concrete is a great option that is amazingly durable and environmentally friendly. Also, if putting in wood cabinets, be sure that the wood has been certified by the Tree Stewardship Center. Whenever remodeling happens, look for these options.

These six tips can make a creating a green home much easier. By using green materials and green appliances in the kitchen, people can make their kitchen a more environmentally friendly space. So consider doing a green kitchen remodel to make the time spent in the kitchen not only nourish the body, but also the environment.

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