The kitchen is one room in your home that gets used every single day. It’s a place where both function and style are important. However, in this day and age, it’s also important to be eco-friendly in every way you can. If you’re getting ready to upgrade your kitchen, take a look at these four suggestions to keep things eco-friendly and beautiful at the same time.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
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Not all appliances are created equal. Some use a lot of energy, which is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet. When you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen in an eco-friendly way, your appliances are the first place you should turn. It’s not just the big appliances that can use a lot of power, either. Your microwave, trash compactor, and even your garbage disposal come in eco-friendly options. Your trash compactor is particularly useful when you’re going for eco-friendly because it reduces waste by up to 80 percent. Buy a trash compactor that runs quietly, has a self-cleaning mechanism, and a sleek design to enhance the style and functionality of your kitchen. There are both freestanding and built-in options. Always choose appliances that have an energy-star label and no more power than you need.
Refinish Cabinets Instead of Buying New
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It’s easy to go to a home renovation showroom and fall in love with a new set of kitchen cabinets, but buying new isn’t the most eco-friendly option. If your cabinets are still in good repair, you can refinish them for a new look. If you really do need to buy new cabinets, make sure that you opt for wood that is eco-friendly, such as bamboo. It can be stained to look like anything you want. Plus, it is durable and renewable. There are so many options, that you’re sure to find something you like.
Add LED Lighting Throughout Your Space
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Lighting plays a big role in the look of your kitchen. You need to have adequate lighting over all of your prep areas as well as lighting to set the mood of your room. Recessed lights are always winners, as are ceiling fans with lights. However, LED lights are one of the most eco-friendly lighting choices. They use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs or even compact fluorescent ones, and they last longer, too. LED lights come in all varieties.
Pay Attention to Your Kitchen Layout
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If you plan on making big upgrades to your kitchen, spend time rethinking the layout. You can save a lot of space and speed up your prep time with a kitchen island and a better work triangle. Try to minimize the amount of wasted space and keep your cooking surfaces farthest away from your walk-through space. If you’re unsure about the most eco-friendly and efficient layout, consult with a kitchen designer. Spending a little extra money on a consultation can save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes time to actually use and enjoy your kitchen.
These are just a few ways to upgrade your kitchen in an eco-friendly way. Just remember to choose energy-efficient appliances and update with materials that are renewable and durable. There are styles and options for any aesthetic tastes.