Creating An Eco Friendly Kitchen
With more and more people considering the effect their lifestyles have on the environment, it may be time for you to think about how to make your own home more eco-friendly. Saving energy should be your prime focus as although renewable sources of energy are increasing their share of production we still rely on polluting fossil fuels for most of the energy consumed in the home.
It’s not just energy waste that you can look at as there are plenty of cheap tweaks you can do to give yourself a greener carbon footprint, and the kitchen is the ideal place to start an eco-friendly makeover.
The kitchen is the engine room of your home and is likely to have the most equipment that uses electricity, gas and water. So, you can make an important difference to your impact on the environment by looking into some options that will help give you a greener living place.
Your kitchen devices can be energy hungry, especially if you have a lot of gadgets that you use for food preparation. There are simple adjustments you can make to help cut down on what you use.
Only use as much water as you actually need when boiling a kettle or water in a pan on the cooker. You’ll reduce the amount of electricity and/or gas required and make another contribution to reducing your carbon footprint. If you have a radiator in the kitchen lower its temperature by a degree to save even more energy and use the heat from your cooking as backup warmth.
Watching the water
We tend to take water for granted but saving it can make an impact not just on your bills but also on the wider environment. By using it sparingly and effectively you’ll be doing the planet a favour. Strange as it may seem, using a dishwasher is a good way save water because the machine uses considerably less than if you’re dishwashing by hand on a regular basis. Obviously, you need to use your taps sometimes so look for a low-flow tap head to help reduce how much you use.
Look to your lighting
Manufacturers have done a lot of work to make light bulbs much more eco-friendly, and one way you can benefit is to change your ordinary light bulbs and install LED ones instead. They use considerably less energy than other bulbs and last much longer too. Consider replacing the rest of the bulbs in other rooms as well.
Natural lighting is an even better way to bring light into your kitchen, and the more you can let in the less electricity you have to use! One simple way to do it is by installing affordable shutters that give you far more control over how much or little light you want in the room than curtains or blinds. You can get them in a range of colours and materials and have them designed to fit the exact shape and size of your windows. Ones with moveable slats are also ideal for the control of the flow of light.
Ditch the packaging
If you shop cleverly then you can cut right down on the amount of plastic you bring into your home. So much food is over packaged so try to buy items such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish that you can choose and simply bag up yourself with cotton bags or wax wraps.
If you do have a lot of cardboard make sure it goes for recycling. Plastic can be trickier for recycling but always look to recycle rather than put it in general waste. It’ll just go to landfill and take thousands of years to break down; not an environmentally good choice.
Have a compost bin
You can’t compost everything, but it’s a good way to – eventually – reuse your vegetable, fruit and plant waste to fertilise your garden. It’s a great way to recycle and costs you nothing except a little time.
Caring for the environment
Going eco-friendly is an important step to making your home a greener place to be, and your kitchen makeover can make a significant difference to your overall carbon footprint.