5 Changes for a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

September 24, 2015

When transitioning to a more environmentally friendly and "green" lifestyle, there are many changes that can be made. We love the idea of starting in the kitchen, which is the area of the home where most people spend the majority of their time. Here are some changes you might consider.

1. Appliances

Consider switching out your old appliances for those that are Energy Star approved. It's a smart choice from both financial and environmentally conscious perspectives.

2. Countertops

When looking for new kitchen countertops, you might opt to choose recycled, reclaimed or repurposed materials  that will help reduce your carbon footprint in the long term.

3. Flooring

Similar to countertops, you can also make eco-friendly decisions with your kitchen flooring. Pay close attention to what materials you choose. You the option to use repurposed or recycled materials, and materials that are toxin free - ultimately making your home healthier.

4. Lighting

By simply switching your light bulbs to bulbs that are more energy efficient, you automatically reduce your carbon footprint (and reduce utility bills). Other options include adding dimmers or timed settings for your lighting. If you're remodeling, consider size and placement of windows in order to capitalize on natural light.

5. Cabinets

By choosing "green" cabinets, you benefit by improving the quality of your home's air quality. Be mindful of what your cabinets are made of in order to reduce exposure to toxins. Salvaged and renewable wood are good options, as well as finishes that are free of formaldehyde and other finishes that can be detrimental to your health.

Transitioning to a more environmentally friendly kitchen is a great first step in making your home more comfortable and efficient. It also reduces your carbon footprint and is more cost effective. These five small changes can make a huge difference.

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