Green living practices have finally started gaining the necessary recognition and momentum as an increasing number of people are getting on the sustainability bandwagon.
So, if you are planning to renovate your kitchen or perhaps install a new one, you probably would have considered going green.
Adopting an eco-friendly approach when planning for your fitted kitchen installation requires making critical decisions as you take into account your lifestyle, budget and requirements.
These decisions might not be as simple but fortunately, there are many eco-conscious products available in the market that make going green easy.
In this piece, we will discuss ways to design a sustainable kitchen as we tailor it around the key sustainability elements that revolve around energy efficiency and regenerative abundance.
Sustainable Kitchen Worktops
When it comes to kitchen worktops, for most homeowners, granite and marble seem to be the go-to choice. But, for sustainable kitchen design, you should know that these materials are sourced at a great cost to the environment.
When mining for these naturally-occurring minerals, our ecosystem suffers from irreversible damages.
As these minerals are heavy, it takes immense energy and resources to move each slab from one place to another as it travels from the quarry to the store and ultimately into your kitchen.
Thankfully, there are many recyclable options available that can be used to build worktops that are beautiful and aesthetic.
For instance, you can use salvaged wood and upcycle it to create stunning kitchen worktops. It is important to remember that the upcycled materials you source have not been subjected to chemical treatments.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliances
In order to maintain energy efficiency in your kitchen, the first and most important rule is to limit the number of appliances you are going to need.
As you adorn your newly installed kitchen with fittings, give a good thought to the absolute essentials you require.
Do you really need an electric can opener when the manual one works just as fine? Consider replacing your electric coffee pot with a French Press maker or simply opt for a non-electric model.
When it comes to the more prominent kitchen appliances like the refrigerator or the dishwasher, ensure that you purchase models with Energy Star labels.
These labels are proof of the appliance’s energy efficiency as they help you reduce your energy consumption and save money.
Proper Kitchen Ventilation
Most of us think that the only time that we actually need ventilation is when we accidentally set our food on fire and the smoke…
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