To create a eco-friendly kitchen, must have home appliances that are energy efficient, environmentally friendly beautiful cabinets and countertops affordable, even made of recycled kitchen waste.
It’s quite refreshing how many people are interesting in using environmentally friendly products lately, even when they take on costly home improvements such as remodeling a kitchen. Fortunately, now you can get the “green materials” without having to pay more than you do for other high-end materials. Unfortunately, you can not always find this countertops, cabinets, and flooring environmentally friendly at your local home improvement store.
Stores material that green living is your friend here, but because they are smaller, they will not always have all the options. It is a good idea to do research, to decide the type of floor, table, tools, etc. that you want before you even look for a buyer.
There are many options that are environmentally friendly countertops for the kitchen. Concrete is a low-maintenance and easy to mold into any shape and thickness you want. Natural stones such as granite, although somewhat limited resources, do not emit noxious fumes than man-made materials. Countertops made from recycled wood materials are increasingly popular. You can find everything from paper to glass to ceramic (how you want Terrazzo countertop is made of an old toilet, sink and tub, the other will mess up landfills?).
Environmentally friendly flooring
Bamboo is becoming very popular in pairs the floor, both in the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Because the grass, grows much faster than trees, so the source is rechargeable. If you prefer hardwood flooring, consider wood harvested from sustainable forests. You can also get hard wood made from wood salvaged or reclaimed former (such as from old buildings being torn down). Utilizing natural materials are more environmentally friendly than man-made compounds.
Likewise, if you need a functional kitchen cabinets and cheaper, you can get fiberboard or particleboard, but be sure to find cabients that do not contain urea formaldehyde, which is as fun as it sounds; it’s not something you want in a healthy kitchen.
When you shop make sure to choose home appliances Energy Star coded. For example oven, dishwasher, refrigerator. They may be more expensive than modern models, but these appliances use 10-50% less energy and water so you will save money in the long run. You do not have to adjust the style for energy efficiency; You can get stainless steel and other high-end finishes in Energy Star-rated models.
Windows and ventilation
The kitchen must have at least more than one window. You can help save energy by installing a window or air vent for lighting and air circulation (in the rest of the house as well as a kitchen).
Homeowners friendly environment will make recycling part of his life. You can create separate jars, paper, bottles, plastic, and cans easy to build a recycling center to your kitchen. When choosing the wardrobe you want to install, consider adding one to the unit slide out the container holding the traditional bins and cans for recycling as well.
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