The environment is on everyone’s mind these days. Homeowners find themselves trying to think of ways to do their part to make their home and their world a little more eco-friendly. That includes the kitchen. The good news is, it’s easy to develop an eco-friendly kitchen, whether in your remodeling choices or simply your daily practices. Here are some of our favorite tips for an eco-friendly kitchen.
One way to make your kitchen more eco-friendly is to compost your food scraps. Rather than throwing them away, where they’ll stink up the garbage and end up in a landfill, you can save your scraps in a compost bin or a biodegradable compost bag. If you have a local organics pickup, all that’s needed is to put the bag in the bin. If not, you can use the compost as fertilizer for your own garden. You can even buy an electric kitchen composter to make your job a little easier.
Grow Your Own Herbs
The windowsill can be a great place to home a pot of rosemary, basil, or thyme. If your kitchen doesn’t have a large enough windowsill, you can have one installed during the remodel. This way, when you need herbs, you can cut some fresh from your own plants. This will save you money as well as make your kitchen a little greener and more eco-friendly. After all, you won’t have to buy the packaging for herbs from the store, either, when you grow your own.
Invest in a Water Filter
Don’t like the taste of the tap water in your home? Rather than stocking up on bottled water, invest in a water filter. This can be a filter that attaches to your kitchen faucet or a pitcher that goes in your fridge and purifies the water poured into it. Either way, it saves you money and saves the earth a bit since you’ll be cutting down considerably on packaging waste and plastic bottles.
Get an Energy Efficient Dishwasher
Technology has come a long way, including energy efficient appliances like washers and driers…and yes, dishwashers. Energy efficient dishwashers clean your dishes while using less water, so you can enjoy clean dishes without suffering a high water bill or energy bill. Another tip is to wait until your dishwasher is full before you run it, so you’re not doing little loads throughout the week. It will save you physical energy, too, since you’ll be doing less.
Need help to make your kitchen more eco-friendly with your upcoming remodel? Contact Jericho Home Improvements today for more information or to get started on your eco-friendly kitchen with a free estimate.Tags: energy efficient kitchen, kitchen design, kitchen remodeling