When it comes to going green, the kitchen is usually one of the first places most homeowners focus when shopping for environmentally friendly products. Here are some “truly” green ideas for kitchen design Cleveland residents will love, and products that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save tons of money for years to come without compromising on style, performance, and functionality of your kitchen.
Invest in energy efficient appliances
Thanks to advances in technology, modern appliances are able to use 15 to 50 per cent less water and energy than previous models. For starters, always ensure that your new appliances are ENERGY STAR approved. Most appliance manufacturers have their own set eco-friendly appliance targets, which is pretty much everything you need to keep your kitchen, and home, energy efficient.
Invest in induction cooktops
An induction cooktop is by far the latest green cooking technology in the market. Besides cutting cooking time by almost 50 per cent, it is easy to clean and is 75 to 85 per cent efficient because there is almost zero heat wastage.
Invest in smart and stylish faucets for your kitchen
When it comes to getting kitchen faucets, it is important that you opt for water-saving models that have these features:
• Touchless technology
• 1.5 gmp water-saving aerators
• Low flow option
Cabinet and countertops
There are many green alternatives when it comes to kitchen cabinets. These include formaldehyde-free woods like maple, cherry, alder and oak – the only woods certified as really “green” by the Forest Stewardship Council. You can also opt for wheatboard and bamboo timber for your cabinets and countertops. If you prefer solid surfaces or quartz, then consider products that have the Greenguard seal.
Lights and lighting controls
Before settling on light fixtures, take advantage of natural light by installing ENERGY STAR windows in your kitchen. A great way to utilize natural lights is to have your workstations like the prep, cleaning, and cooking areas near or underneath the windows. When choosing lighting, invest in energy efficient fixtures that are ENERGY STAR approved. Additionally, invest in motion sensors, dimmers, and timers. Consider using fluorescent light bulbs because they consume less energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. Consider these tips for the best kitchen design Cleveland has to offer and to ensure that your kitchen is not only eco-friendly but is also functional.