When we think about going green around the home, an eco friendly kitchen is what comes to mind. It’s little wonder really when you consider just how used the kitchen is. It’s one of the biggest sources of heat and energy in our homes and it’s where many of us spend much of our time, appliances running.
So if you’re looking for ideas to make your home more green, then the kitchen is the best place to start and there are lots of simple, and not so simple things you can do to be a bit greener in the kitchen! If you’re considering a brand new fitted kitchen or a kitchen remodel, then this is the perfect time to make these changes. Here are our best tips for an eco friendly kitchen.
Save on the Stove!
There’s no doubt that the stove is the biggest user of energy in the entire kitchen, but there are ways you can be a bit greener! If you have an old stove, whether it be gas or electric then chances are it isn’t very energy efficient and a more modern appliance is likely to take far more energy!
There are lots of arguments for both electric and gas stoves. Gas allows much more control over the cooking temperature and so much greener, but electric stoves negate the worry about nitrogen dioxide emissions, and some models such as the Halogen hobs you can get are very energy efficient.
The best way to make sure your stove is green is to ensure it’s not too outdated.
Efficiency in Appliances
While you may be tempted to think you have plenty of years in your appliances, it’s only recently that energy ratings have been brought in. So if your fridge or freezer is particularly old it’s likely to be a lot less energy efficient than replacing for new. If you’re already planning a kitchen remodel it can be worth the extra to replaces your appliances with newer energy efficient models.
Waste not Want not
The food you buy for the kitchen is one of the biggest energy suckers around, and while you can do obvious things like buying organic there are lots of other ways to reduce food waste too. Use up your leftovers, buy raw and non-processed and go for fresh whenever possible. Not only will you feel better and healthier but you’ll be doing the environment good too!
We always promote using natural cleaning products, simply because they make your new kitchen last a lot longer! But it’s not the only reason, cutting out harsh cleaning products is good for the environment too and will help you be a bit greener in the kitchen!
Going green isn’t a fad it’s a way of life, and a few simple changes can make all the difference to living a more eco-friendly life!