With the way today’s energy prices are climbing, it’s no wonder why so many people are jumping on the “going green” bandwagon. But not only does going green with your kitchen lighting and interior design make for a great way to save the planet, it also makes for a great way to save your money. And with any home renovation project, it’s going to cost you enough already and any savings is certainly a welcoming notion. Use this guide to going green with your kitchen design and you can be sure you’re going to help save the planet and a few bucks along the way.
Bamboo is a great ecofriendly material. While it has the look and feel of wood, it is in fact a grass. This fast growing grass can easily grow to maturity in just a few years where trees can take decades before they are ready to be cut. Bamboo can also be planted virtually anywhere making it a local building material that’s eco-perfect for all kitchen designs.
Water preservation is an important part of helping to conserve energy and our precious water resources. Low-flow fixtures range from toilets to shower heads and everything in between. But don’t just go for the required minimum that’s mandated by each state, you can choose extremely low-flow fixtures and stretch your green kitchen feature further.
LED Under Cabinet Lighting
This energy saving kitchen addition is great for illuminating your kitchen countertops and cabinets. LED’s or light emitting diodes use very little energy, yet produce more lumens per watt than conventional bulbs. They also don’t get very hot which can be a great thing in an already hot kitchen.
When garbage and waste is allowed to accumulate in one can, it all just ends up in the landfill, wasting precious space and polluting our planet. Create a separate waste area for compostable food scraps, aluminum, plastic and paper to help recycle your wastes and create an instant ecofriendly addition to any kitchen designs.
EnergyStar Rated Appliances
Saving energy in the kitchen starts with replacing your old energy hogging appliances with EnergyStar rated replacements. While the costs of new appliances may be high, the savings that will be recuperated through energy conservation will be tremendous.
Recycled Glass Countertops
This ecofriendly alternative to marble and granite is made from recycled glass and mortar. Once the mixture hardens, the glass particles are sanded down and finished to prevent any dangerous pieces from coming loose. Recycled glass countertops come in a wide variety of colors suitable for any kitchens interior designs.