In this time of increasing environmental awareness more and more people are trying to make their lifestyles more eco-friendly. One place many people have not looked at changing anything is in the kitchen. It is possible to have a healthy, modern, eco-friendly kitchen, and to do so without spending a lot of time and money. Here are some pointers to show you how.
1.) Switch to LED lighting. These lights use even less energy and last longer than the fluorescents that have become so popular. In addition, there is no mercury hazard with LED lights. Not too long ago you had to install specialty fixtures to have LED lighting in your kitchen, but now you can buy replacement bulbs for standard fixtures.
2.) Replace your old faucet with a low-flow model. This will substantially reduce the water you use for cooking and cleaning.
3.) Start using natural cleaning products. Many of the most common cleaners used in the kitchen are also among the most dangerous and least eco-friendly. There are natural alternatives available for every type of cleaning agent used in the kitchen.
4.) The next time one of your appliances needs to be replaced, buy an Energy-Star certified replacement. They are not that much more expensive, and they are good for both the environment and your pocketbook; you will save a bundle in operating expenses over the life of the appliance.
5.) Select top and bottom refrigerator/freezer units. They are much more efficient than side-by-side models.
6.) Choose a convection oven, which cooks food up to 25% faster than a regular oven, thus saving energy.
7.) Choose natural materials whenever possible. Bamboo and cork are just two of the natural materials available for use as flooring, backsplashes and cutting boards. You can also buy curtains and seat cushions made out of cotton or other eco-friendly materials.
8.) Use scrap wood and recycled materials when possible. This will cut down on landfill waste and give new life to old products.
9.) Avoid chemicals when buying new cabinets. There are certified formaldehyde-free products on the market. You can also find cabinets with non-toxic finishes. Select cabinets that are made of solid wood or an alternative product such as wheatboard. A few cabinet-makers are even beginning to utilize recycled wood.
10.) New countertops are available that are made from 100% recycled glass and concrete. Other options include quartz or wooden countertops.
11.) Use no or low-VOC paints when repainting your kitchen. Conventional paints are loaded with chemicals that are harmful both to you, your family and the environment.
12.) Set up recycling stations in your kitchen. The ease and convenience will make your family much more likely to recycle.
About the Author
Isaac writes on behalf of Cliq Studios, a home improvement business that designs, manufactures and sells quality kitchen cabinets which come with a lifetime warranty. Use the Cliq Studios website to visualize your new kitchen, request free kitchen samples or check kitchen cabinet prices. Whatever your requirement – trust Cliq Studios’ Wholesale Kitchen Cabinets to exceed expectations.
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