Turning you kitchen green

When we talk about ‘green’ kitchen spaces, we are not necessarily suggesting a radical rethink of your cooking area’s colour scheme. With global warming such a hot topic at the moment, there is no better time to consider the impact your kitchen and cooking habits could be having on the environment.

Eco-friendly ideas can make a real difference and don’t have to cost the earth, so here are some of our suggestions for making a kitchen that cares:

Food waste

Over a third of food bought in UK supermarkets ends up being thrown away, and trying to reclaim and reuse some of those scraps can be a great way of making your kitchen more environmentally conscious. Whether you decide to save them to make soups, stews or stocks, or opt to turn them into nutritious compost to use on the garden, making sure they don’t go in the bin is the most important thing.

Lighting

It seems very obvious, but using energy efficient light bulbs in your house can make a real difference to your carbon footprint. You can even take it one step further, and think about repainting the kitchen to make it feel brighter and using mirrors to help bounce more light around the room, both of which may allow you to switch your lights off more often.

Appliances

The kitchen is one of the most electricity-intensive rooms in the house, and choosing appliances with good energy ratings can save power and money. When buying new hobs, induction technology saves around 15% of the power normally used by electric hobs. Similarly, convection ovens are much more efficient than standard cookers, and combined fridge-freezers are better than standard units.

It’s always worth thinking about whether you really need to use all the functionalities of your appliances too. A feature such as a power dry on your dishwasher may be quick and convenient, but it probably has no other benefits over simply allowing your crockery to air dry.

Renewable materials

If you are redecorating your kitchen, it’s a fantastic idea to consider renewable or reclaimed materials for your worktops and flooring. As well as considering how renewable a material, such as bamboo, might be, it’s also important to think about the transport costs involved in getting it to you. As such, the best things to try and use are locally sourced, reclaimed materials, such as stone and timber that is being discarded.

Posted by Peter
March 13, 2015
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