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Green Kitchen Ideas

Posted on: January 11, 2013

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design

Getting ready to remodel your kitchen? If you’re interested in eco-friendly kitchen design, you have plenty of options. No matter where you are in the planning stage, it’s helpful to talk to professional kitchen designers. They can help you develop your design or come up with new ideas you maybe hadn’t considered. Like bringing some great household appliances to light, like slimline dishwashers, to give you some inspiration for your design choices. It’s important to keep a nice design going in your home, whilst also trying to ensure you add some eco-friendly touches to the kitchen. Many homeowners have recently started installing sliding doors as they are believed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly. You may have seen a sliding door in Singapore before now, they come in both glass and wood so they’re able to fit in with most home designs. These doors can save space and can look amazing in a kitchen. It might be worth discussing them with a kitchen designer to see if they can alter the kitchen design to ensure they fit in.

Here are some green kitchen ideas:

  • Low-flow kitchen faucets
  • Recycled paper or recycled stone-chipped composite (resembles granite) countertops
  • “Engineered” wood veneer cabinet fronts
  • LED lighting
  • Renewable materials for the cabinets, such as bamboo
  • Renewable materials for the floors, such as cork

Hopefully, you can replace old appliances with newer models, as today’s dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, and other major appliances are a lot more energy-efficient. However, we would only recommend this if your appliance is beyond repair, as disposing of anything in a wasteful manner is terrible for the environment. Always try a service like Shane’s Appliance Repair first, just to make sure it really has reached the end of its life. New dishwashers use less than half of the water and less than a quarter of the electricity than models from 10 years ago use, convection ovens cook 25 percent faster than traditional ovens, and top and bottom refrigerator/freezer units are more energy-efficient than side-by-side models. But remember, if possible try to be on of the many people who are deciding to repair broken items rather than get rid of them. A fridge repair for example, rather than throwing it away, will help to save the environment.

Green Kitchen Ideas

Other Things You Can Do to Stay Environmentally Friendly

Buying new appliances, lighting, and faucets aren’t the only things you can do, though. There are a lot of little ways to save energy!

  • Use green cleaning supplies
  • Use recycling bins in addition to trashcans (this is made easier in easy-access, pull-out stations)
  • Keep lights off when you can (especially if you have windows and get a lot of natural light)
  • Test your refrigerator by shutting the door on a dollar bill or piece of paper-if it slides out easily, the fridge’s seal may need to be replaced
  • Defrost your fridge if you have to; don’t allow the frost to build up more than a quarter of an inch
  • Don’t keep your fridge or freezer too cold (recommended levels are 37 – 40 F for the fridge and 5 F for the freezer)
  • Try to avoid using the “rinse hold” mode on your dishwasher for just a few dirty dishes-it uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water
  • If you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch on your dishwasher, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop open the door a little bit so the dishes can dry faster (even air-dry dishes when you can)

No matter what you want your new kitchen to look like, and whether you already have some green kitchen ideas or need more guidance, look to Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens. We can help you create a beautiful, eco-friendly kitchen design that meets the needs of you and your family.

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