How to Make Your Kitchen Green
Sustainable Cabinets, Flooring, and Energy Efficient Kitchen Lighting Saves Money and the Planet
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It goes without saying that the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the modern home and a large amount of our time and energy is spent in these hubs of the household.
However, it isnt just our energy that is consumed in the kitchen, since about a third of the overall amount of energy we use to fuel our homes comes from the kitchen.
What many green-friendly consumers often forget, though, is that our kitchens are also filled with cabinets, work surfaces, and equipment, all of which can bear the mark of a hefty carbon footprint.
Having said that, there are many effective methods which can reduce the impact that your kitchen has on the environment and many of these revolve around looking at alternatives in both material selection and lighting choices.
Why Granite Countertops may not be Your Best Choice
Choosing materials for worktop surfaces is a difficult prospect at any given time, with style and expense high on the list of priorities for most people, especially those hoping to design cheap kitchens rather than ones which will ruin your bank balance for the foreseeable future!
With that in mind, granite worktops may look fantastic but the quarrying of these materials can be extremely damaging to
An alternative is recycled glass, which can be buffed to provide a glossy granite look but without the cost inflicted upon either your wallet or the planet. This material is also perfect for sink backsplashes and is very easy to clean.
Meanwhile, when installing new wooden cabinets in your kitchen, do a bit of research as to where the wood actually originated from. There are many cabinet suppliers who source their materials from sustainable woodlands and forests and these are the most suitable for a green kitchen.
Cork and Bamboo for Sustainable Floors
Choosing more heat-retaining materials for your kitchen flooring can also help to shrink that energy bill come the end of the month. Cork is rapidly becoming an eco-friendly substitute for wooden flooring as its made from the bark of the tree which would normally be wasted. This material is great for retaining warmth and, crucially, won’t be affected by mildew or mould.
Bamboo is another great environmentally friendly option for flooring and would look great in an oriental style kitchen. Compared to some timbers, its a stronger and more durable material, which is very easy to clean.
Choose Kitchen Lighting to Save Money
Selecting lighting can also be difficult as you need to strike a balance between illuminating the entire room and purchasing concentrated task lighting to help when preparing food.
Low voltage halogen bulbs are a great way to save on your energy bill and they can have a long lifespan. These are suitable for task lighting and look great if placed under counter tops.
Those were just some alternatives that are readily available for the eco-friendly kitchen, so that you can enjoy that cup of coffee on a morning knowing you have done your bit!
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