The kitchen is considered the heart of the home for many people. Not only is it a place to prepare meals and entertain, but it is also a space for you and your family to gather at the end of each day. Because of the room's importance, making periodic updates to the kitchen is smart for improving function and appeal. Of course, incorporating eco-friendly, energy and water efficient elements into the space is also beneficial for your home and family's needs. With this guide on going green during your kitchen remodel, you can make your home and neighbors green with envy.
Green Building Materials
To reduce waste in your local landfills, consider using what you already have. If your cabinets are in good condition, apply a fresh coat of paint to them to reduce waste.
Use paint or stain that is free of VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds. These chemicals decrease the quality of your indoor air, resulting in allergic reactions and respiratory problems. A new set of hardware on your existing cabinets can also improve the look of your kitchen without creating a great deal of waste.
If replacing your cabinetry, choose salvaged wood or cabinets manufactured and approved by responsible and sustainable forestry organizations.
Eco-friendly countertops are also an option to include in your green remodel. Salvaged pieces of wood add a rustic look to your kitchen. To go more modern, use concrete to create your countertops. Concrete will last a longer time compared to wood and tile, making it a more sustainable option. Also, use recycled glass and tile pieces to create a new backsplash in your kitchen.
Recycled tile or reclaimed wood are eco-friendly options to consider for your kitchen's floors. These pieces add appeal while giving your home a historical feel.
In most cases, you will want to update the kitchen appliances during the remodel. Thankfully, modern and attractive appliances that reduce your energy usage are available.
Energy Star certified refrigerators save Americans an estimated $800 million in energy costs while also reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. Energy Star dishwashers, microwaves, and ranges are also smart investments for going green in your kitchen.
You may be surprised to learn that adding new light fixtures in your kitchen can also help reduce energy usage. Choose fixtures that utilize LED bulbs, which create brighter light using less energy.
If your remodeling budget allows for it, incorporate more windows into your kitchen. Windows allow you to illuminate your kitchen using natural light, which can reduce energy usage that stems from light fixtures.
A new Energy Star certified dishwasher will not only reduce energy, but it will also conserve your household's water usage.
Modern dishwashers use sensors to pick up on dirt, food, and soap, which will determine how much energy and water is actually needed to complete a wash cycle. Dishwashers certified by Energy Star are surprisingly 15 percent more water efficient compared to standard models.
Low flow plumbing fixtures can also improve the water efficiency of your kitchen. For your kitchen sink, opt for a faucet with the WaterSense label. These plumbing fixtures reduce the flow of water without sacrificing performance.
With numerous styles, finishes, and designs on the market, finding a faucet certified by WaterSense that suits your personality and kitchen style will be easy. Install a low flow faucet in your kitchen sink to decrease water usage and save on your monthly water bills.
Going green in your kitchen is possible with smart remodeling decisions. Choosing one or all of these green updates will ensure your new kitchen is eco-friendly, energy efficient, and water conserving. Talk to a kitchen remodeling builder from a place like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Inc to find out the best decisions for your particular kitchen.Share