Interior trends come and go, but taking care of the environment is always ‘in’. Because of the pollution, global warming and ozone holes, it is crucial for all of us to wake up and start thinking about the planet we live in.
We don’t know why, but some people live in the constant fallacy that going eco-friendly (in terms of home improvements) is a painfully difficult task. When it comes to the kitchen, believe it or not, it is one of the simplest rooms to begin with when implementing eco-friendliness in your life. Here is how to achieve this look the best way possible.
If you are thinking about a full renovation, there are a few materials you should consider. First, there is bamboo. Why? Well, bamboo grows incredibly fast and there is just so much of it in the world. Second, it is really firm, so you can use it for flooring, backsplashes or even smaller things like cutting boards. Next, there is scrap wood. No matter whether someone likes it or not, it is quality hardwood and it can look fabulous when combined with the right colors and designs. Finally, there is cork, which is made from the bark of a tree. Besides being renewable, cork is also hypoallergenic, sound-absorbing and resistant to mold and mildew.
Not only will you do good for the planet by choosing the energy-efficient kitchen appliances, but you will also do your wallet a favor.
To be honest, a fridge is one of the biggest money eaters – not only do you have to keep it full, but it is also responsible for 9 to 15 percent of your entire home’s electricity use, since it works 24/7. Finding an energy-efficient fridge is now easier than ever, because all you have to do is find the one with an Energy Star label. For example, you can check out the Energy Star certified Electrolux refrigerators and choose the one that fits your needs.
However, note that here the size plays quite a big role. If you buy a refrigerator that is too small, it will always be packed with food which means it will have to work a lot harder, and therefore spend a lot more energy. Also, a fridge that’s too big will keep all the excess space cold without any need.
Magnetic induction cooktops
Magnetic induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular for a good reason. Unlike typical gas or electric stoves that just heat the air under the pan (which wastes a lot of heat), they transfer the energy directly and only to the pan on top of them. The heat generates quickly and it is adjustable.
Exhaust hoods are highly important when it comes to keeping your indoor air quality on the right level, since they help you get rid of excess moisture. When getting an exhaust hood, make sure it is Energy Star approved because they are quieter and use up to 65% less energy.
Your dishwasher should also be Energy Star approved. Also, make sure it has multiple washing options such as ‘no heat drying’ and ‘energy saver’.
When washing your dishes, make sure you always run a full load. Next, make sure you scrape the excess food from the plates before putting them in the dishwasher because the dishes that are not completely dirty can be washed on energy saving mode, and always opt for no heat drying.
It doesn’t matter whether you decide to renovate your kitchen, you can still make your kitchen greener by doing some . When cooking in pots, make sure you always use a lid because that way you keep the heat in which helps cook the food faster. Next, instead of boiling your pasta for the full cook time, boil it for a minute or two, and then turn the heat off, cover the pot with a lid and leave the pasta in that water. It will still be cooked, but you’ll save a lot of energy.
Going eco-friendly is not that hard after all, right?