If you're remodeling your kitchen or still in the design phase the topic of going green has probably already come up. Being environmentally friendly has the reputation of costing an arm and a leg but it doesn't have to. Here are some easy ways to make your kitchen a little greener!
A well-lit kitchen is good for your eyes but also a necessity when it comes to safety especially in an area with sharp tools and hot surfaces. Use energy efficient lighting such as fluorescent or LED bulbs not only do they last longer with a lifespan of 10,000 hours but they use less energy reducing your power bill!
Just because you’re going green doesn't mean you have to give up on style. While there are green countertops they don't come cheap and might not come in a style the fits your kitchen. Instead look for companies within your area that have sustainable business practices. Cambria Quartz Countertops are certified by GreenGuard as a low-emitting product providing better indoor air quality in your home and are beautiful. An added bonus is that you don't have to use any harsh chemicals to clean just soap and warm water! Cambria also recycles 100% of the water used during the manufacturing process!
Coffee machines, toasters, and microwaves tend to be constantly plugged in even when we are not using them. By plugging your countertop appliances into a power strip that can be easily shut off when you’re not home is a great way to reduce energy consumption in the kitchen!
Appliances like dishwasher, fridges, and stoves are some of the most heavily used in any kitchen. By using Energy Star appliances you can lower your energy bill which keeps more money in your pocket. They also are good for the environment by running more efficiently they reduce emissions and water consumption.
If you are in the market for a new sink look for one made with recycled materials. Stainless steel sinks are usually made of recycled materials and can be recycled in the future if you want a change. They are also extremely durable and will not rust making cleanup a breeze.
If you don't need a new sink a new faucet is an easy way to go a little greener. Nothing is worse than filling a large pot with water carrying it to the stove and having to rush back to the sink to turn the water off. Faucets with low flow options or action sensors are a great way to reduce water use.
Wood floors are beautiful and add a certain style you can't get with any other material. If you want wood floors but still want to be green there are options! Using reclaimed wood for your flooring saves it from the landfill and gives your home a unique look that can't be replicated. If reclaimed wood isn't an option look for wood products with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification. Both certifications indicate that those products come from a forest that is managed responsibly.
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen is to reuse fixtures or furniture. Whether you go antiquing for vintage door pulls and light fixtures or simply repaint an old table to give it new life they both reduce the need for new products!
No matter how you choose to go green let the experts at Hammond Lumber Company help! Make an appointment today and to find out more ways to go green in the kitchen.