Going green should be a priority for all home owners. After all, we are only contributing to living in a more environmentally friendly world. And we can save some cash along the way too – who’s to argue with that?
One of the primary areas of the home that can be targeted for these green practices is the kitchen. Often a hub of activity, the kitchen is an area where home owners can make vast improvements to their green footprint – and feel a whole lot better for it in the process.
Therefore, this contribution to Greener Ideal is going to look at the “four stages of green perfection in the kitchen”. Please do take note and see how you can contribute to a greater environment.
1) Evaluate your appliances
Not all kitchen appliances – whether it’s a cooker, fridge or freezer – are predominately built to be energy efficient. However, more and more of these appliances entering the market today are just that and aim to complement your DIY Kitchen setup. Evaluate your current setup and consider whether it would be best to trade in your old appliances for something more appropriate for “going green”. It may cost a little upfront but it’ll be worth it in the long run!
2) Be efficient with your appliances
No matter what type of appliance you may have in the kitchen, there are always ways to save that little bit of energy to help make a big difference to your bills. Here are some examples of tasks where energy can be saved.
First of all, use a dishwasher. It may not be completely obvious, but dishwashers actually use 37% less water than doing the washing up manually. Plus, it’s easier, right? Everyone’s happy. However, only make use of the dishwasher when you’ve managed to fill it. Otherwise, you’re wasting unnecessary resources.
If you’re planning on cooking a big meal for family or friends, it’s always advisable to use the cooker. However, for smaller meals that require less preparation – a tin of soup, for instance – use a microwave. Other cooking options include a toaster or a slow cooker.
When storing items in your freezer, always try to ensure that it’s as full as possible because, believe it or not, it does indeed save energy. Oh, and if you don’t have enough supplies to fill your freezer, use to ice to bulk up the space. Additionally, never leave your fridge or freezer doors ajar for a prolonged period of time.
A staple part of your commitment to green should always involve recycling. Set aside a part of the kitchen to disposing of your unwanted objects and section them off into recyclables and waste items. Find out whether there are pick-ups for recyclable items in your area and leave them out in an appropriate place for garbage collectors. Alternatively, take the recyclables to your local recycling station (pretty self explanatory).
4) Buy sensibly
There are two main aspects of your grocery shopping where you can develop some great new habits. The first of which is to always plan to make just one trip to the shops a week. Or, in other words, get enough stuff to last you for at least seven days so you don’t have to make back and forth trips throughout the week.
Secondly, opt for local produce and eco-friendly cleaning products. By purchasing local foods, you’ll be reducing what is known as “food miles” and using cleaning products that are environmentally friendly will serve to support companies with green outlooks. On the other hand, you could even make your own cleaning products and save a few bob.