Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where families come together at least once a day to eat, share and just spend time together.
Because kitchens are typically high-traffic areas of the home, it’s important that they are as green as possible. There are many ways in which a kitchen can be made environmentally friendly.
Below, you will find five quick steps to get started.
1. Conserve water
- To avoid wasting water and to lower your water bill, consider a water-saving kitchen faucet.
- Brands like Kohler offer eco-friendly products such as Touchless entertainment faucets, which have 1.5 gpm aerators that offer water savings over traditional 2.2 gpm faucets.
2. Create a kitchen composter
- Using a plastic bin (or wooden box), paper shreddings and red worms, keep a compost in your kitchen to collect leftovers such as bread, pasta, vegetables and fruits.
- The results can be used to fertilize your garden.
3. When remodeling, use countertops and flooring made from recycled materials
- Some retailers offer products made from reused materials.
- Recycled glass countertops, plastic solid-surface countertops and bamboo flooring are just three of many options.
- Contact a local retailer to find out what options are available in your area.
4. Install energy-efficient lighting
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are an easy way to reduce energy usage.
- CFLs use 76 percent less energy than other lighting options, and they can be found at any home improvement store.
5. Use Energy Star appliances
- When purchasing a new fridge, dishwasher or stove, consider going with Energy Star.
- Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that offers products that save on energy consumption and lower your monthly bills.