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Making Your Kitchen Eco-friendly
Fashions and trends are something we’re all familiar with, and they're often associated with what we wear. There are trends in how we style our hair and how we live in our homes. At the moment, we are all increasingly aware of the impact our choices have on the environment, so a growing trend is for more eco-friendly products and services. That includes our kitchens, and making your kitchen eco-friendly looks set to become the norm moving forward. Here are some ways to achieve that.
Pick Energy-efficient Appliances
Being environmentally responsible goes further than recycling packaging. Choosing energy-efficient appliances in your kitchen is a good place to start. It helps the planet and your bank balance. Check out the efficiency labels on each appliance before you buy. There have been some significant developments in technology in recent years, so almost all electrical goods are using less energy than they would have even a few years ago.
We have a range of small appliances that are a good place to start, such as this Hand Blender, that don’t require the financial investment of something bigger.
Smart-en Up Your Refrigerator
Even an energy-efficient refrigerator is a big one where usage is concerned because it is an appliance that is never turned off. It’s even working when you go on vacation. Check out the better efficiency models or get really clever and choose a smart model that is able to control the temperature itself. You also save on a smart model because your food waste is reduced.
Light Up With LEDs
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) last longer than a “regular” lightbulb, and they use less energy, too. When you’re replacing your bulbs in your kitchen, choose LEDs in spotlights or overhead fittings. Bright white or a soft glow, there are LEDs to suit your space and style. Think about the different zones in your kitchen and how you use the space; do you need task lighting in some areas, for example?
Storage is always important at home, especially in the kitchen, where you want to be able to reach what you need quickly and easily. It’s all too easy to keep filling storage cabinets from the front and allowing lost jars at the back to slowly go past their expiration dates. There are cabinet solutions now that can make it much easier to reach things at the back and to rotate products more effectively. That saves you money by reducing your food waste.
Install A Boiling Water Faucet
Energy companies often report spikes in energy usage during breaks in big televised events, like the Super Bowl, as people go to boil water for cooking. Most of us are guilty of boiling more than we need, which wastes energy. Opt for a boiling water faucet and you’ll always have hot water ready when you need it. Until their switch is pressed, they work just the same as a regular hot and cold faucet. You'll have instant hot drinks and no wasted energy, so it's eco-friendly as well.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Not everything in your kitchen needs to be brand new. Using reclaimed materials can add character to your home. Take a look around your local reclamation yard for wood or stone that could be repurposed for your kitchen. Reusing natural resources for your cabinets or floors reduces energy consumption. Looking backwards and seeing what can be reused is just as important as looking forward to see how we can reduce consumption in the future. The benefit of natural wood and stone is that it also gives you something completely unique and beautiful. Use eco-friendly products to keep it clean and looking as good as possible.
Making your kitchen more eco-friendly is likely to be an ongoing project rather than a quick win. It’s a lifestyle choice that will take time. There are always ways to improve your eco-friendly credentials, so start little and stick with it. As you use your kitchen more, you’ll think of extra ways to be more environmentally responsible. If you’re in a position to do a complete revamp of your kitchen and there’s a refurbishment on the horizon, take time and plan. Speak to experts and kitchen designers to get advice and determine your priorities. Be clear on your budget so you can allocate funds to the right appliances and décor. Taking time at the planning stage will save you in the long term, both in terms of energy consumption and money.