Remodel, Redesign, Go Green
Redoing a kitchen is the number one renovation project. But what is a green kitchen? Think Remodel, Redesign, Go Green! What goes into a green kitchen remodel? The cornerstones of any green project should include:
- energy efficiency
- conservation of natural resources
- indoor air quality
As you begin your remodeling project, green-thinking should pervade your entire design and construction process. Remodeled kitchens that improve energy efficiency, reduce indoor pollution and make use of recycled of materials can provide you with a return on that investment every month you live there.
If some of your fixtures are still functioning, usable, or otherwise in good shape but will not match the new design of your kitchen remodel, consider reusing AND recycling by donating those items to charitable organizations such as ReStore, which uses the proceeds towards building Habitat for Humanity homes.
Pay careful attention to your appliances. There is a common misconception that having the Energy Star Logo is the answer. The truth is that by researching the actual usage of your different kitchen appliances you can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
Don’t discount the energy saving power of insulation. The type of insulation you use in your kitchen walls and ceilings can ensure you and your family will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your kitchen design should be based on the proper amount of insulation based on your own climate.
Consider using a solar water hot water heater. One of the biggest expenses for any home is hot water. Your kitchen uses a large amount of hot water. Going green in this area can save big dividends. If a solar hot water heater is not possible, consider a tank-less on-demand water heater. There are a number of different types available.
Designers and experts share insight on materials, products and designs that are perfect for outfitting an eco-friendly kitchen. Check out some great ideas below!
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas
Bamboo– According to housewares expert Gus Dallas, the latest in environmentally friendly kitchens includes fast-growing bamboo. The material makes great cutting boards and it can also be used for backsplashes and flooring.
Lighting -To cut down on lighting costs, try using fluorescents. They cut energy use by 50 percent.
Cork -This renewable resource is made from the bark off a tree. It’s also sound-absorbing, hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and mildew, making it an excellent choice for kitchens.
Recycled stone-chipped composite counter tops -These counter tops resemble granite and are just as durable.
Top and bottom freezer/refrigerator units -These are more energy-efficient than side-by-side models because not as much cold air escapes.
Recycling stations -This handy recycling stations pulls out for easy access. Other recycling cabinets are set on wheels so they can be moved wherever needed.
Convection ovens – This type of oven uses a fan to drive heat rapidly from source to food so it cooks it 25 percent faster than a conventional oven.
Natural fabrics – Choose cotton or wool for your dining chairs and window dressings since man-made fabrics are made with chemicals that harm the environment.
If you are looking for the perfect style and collection of eco-friendly products check out Hansgrohe Bath and Kitchen Collections.
Remember with the best energy plan for your kitchen remodel, you not only will help the environment but you will also be saving money. Going green can add up to big savings for the planet and your wallet. And nothing can be better than that.