We all make shopping lists so that we don’t over-buy food and we’ve long been recycling our packaging…but what if there was more that we could do to be more ‘green?’ Like most questions, it turns out that there is something. Actually, there are a lot of things that we can do, so here are 5. Here is how to make your kitchen eco-friendly.
5 ways to be more ‘green’
1. Invest in energy-efficient appliances
Long gone are the days where you have to worry about the cost of running your appliances. As technology has improved, so have appliances! If you want to know how to make your kitchen eco-friendly, then investing in energy-efficient appliances should be your first port of call. If you opt for appliances that have an energy rating of A+ or more, as they save you up to 20% with your energy bills.
2. Install an instant boiling hot water tap
We’re not trying to make your kettle redundant, but it does result in a lot of wasted energy and money. To prevent you from boiling more water than you actually need, there is such a thing as an instant boiling water tap! The water that comes out is filtered and is at 98° so that means you’re sorted for hot drinks and for filling pans for cooking on the hob.
3. Consider LEDs
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) last longer than other light sources and they have a lower energy consumption too. This makes them a perfect choice (and an easy upgrade or change) if you’re wondering how to make your kitchen eco-friendly. Traditional spotlights are now being replaced by LEDs in kitchens and they are used a lot as under-unit lighting too as they give off a soft glow.
4. Upgrade your fridge to a ‘smart’ fridge
Did you know that appliance manufacturers (or geniuses) have made ‘smart’ fridges now? It’s true, they automatically control their core temperature (keeping it between 0°C and +3°C) so that they keep their contents fresher for longer. How much more eco-friendly can you get than that? Plus…less food waste!
5. Organise your cupboards with specialised storage solutions
Our last tip for how to make your kitchen eco-friendly is a far less obvious one. It’s about the importance of specialised storage solutions. We’ve all experienced emptying out the cupboards in their entirety only to find food at the back that has well passed it’s used by/best before date, so why not put this to an end? If you invest in specialised storage solutions for your cupboards, you can have all of your food clearly organised and visible so that you can use what you have before buying more. This results in less waste but also less spending too!
An eco-friendly kitchen is a happy kitchen
There are a range of ways here for how to make your kitchen eco-friendly. Some are less expensive than others so they are an easy upgrade, while others are pricier and may be best to do if you’re refurbishing or updating your kitchen. Either way, these changes may be an investment initially, but they will save you a lot of energy and money in the long run which will make both you and your kitchen happy!
Need help with making your kitchen what you want?
As a kitchen designer, I love creating a stunning space where life is easy and memories are made! So, if your kitchen needs upgrading, modernising or a complete renovation, let’s have a conversation and see what you could do with your space.
A new kitchen with a specialist design is more cost-effective than you may think – just get in touch with us today for a free in-store kitchen design consultation and we’ll show you how.
Emma Reed – Kitchen designer – 01792 712000
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