Our carbon footprint is at the heart of many debates these days, and it’s at the forefront of many of our design projects when it comes to redoing a room in our homes.
After all, if we have the opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment, it’s surely a great thing to do. The kitchen is one of the main rooms in the house when it comes to electricity usage and water usage. Therefore we’ve put together a list of tips for making your new kitchen ‘greener’ if you’re updating this key room in your home.
Upcycle some of your existing furniture and accessories
Upcycling is a major trend right now and it’s great because it not only saves you money, but it’s also good for the environment as it means you’re finding new uses for your existing items, so you’re not throwing them away and buying new ones. There are countless ideas out there for ways in which you can upcycle things in your kitchen. Just check out this Pinterest board for an idea of the things you can achieve!
|From our playroom makeover|
Look for eco friendly new appliances
You can recycle your old, existing electronics and appliances (click here for more info on that) which will be a good way of reducing their carbon footprint, as it’s a much better alternative than simply throwing them away. When shopping for your new electrical appliances, look for energy efficient ones that will not only save you lots of cash in the long run, but they’re also of course much better for the planet. Check out this green home appliances buying guide.
Save water with an eco friendly new tap
As well as conserving energy in the kitchen, think about other elements that you can save on, such as water. We use loads of water every day in our kitchens, so any tools to help reduce this will be really beneficial to the environment. A good start (and a very simple one) is to switch to a low-flow kitchen faucet in the sink. Low-flow faucets cut water use by one-third, but still provide good water pressure. They’re becoming much more popular these days so they’re not that expensive, either.
You can even opt for ‘greener’ flooring
Evening the flooring you opt for in your kitchen will have a substantial impact on the environment. It’s highly unlikely that when replacing your flooring, you’ll find one that has no negative impact on the environment, but there are materials out there that boast the fact that their imprint is much less than alternatives. Linoleum is one of those examples, and there’s a fantastic article here on it that just may change your opinion on it.
Switch up your lighting
Lots of us are switching our regular light bulbs to energy efficient alternatives, and you can even go one step further with this in spaces like the kitchen. You can reduce your energy use even further, for example, with the latest LED light fixtures. LED lights use 90 percent the energy of incandescent bulbs.
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