your refrigerator make you feel guilty every time you open your
electric bill? Is your kitchen faucet dripping? Do you have a
'70's light fixture above your eating area? Kitchens have come
a long way in the past several years and can be easily updated
with the latest in eco-technology.
Energy can be conserved with the latest in appliances. The new refrigerators
have climate control systems that regulate air temperature and humidity
levels in various drawers so foods last longer which means less food waste.
Ovens are made with convection or halogen cooking alternatives so foods
cook faster and at lower temperatures, saving energy. Day lighting a kitchen
or eating area can do wonders for the spirit. Pendant task lights can give
you light exactly where you need and when you need it for food preparation.
Recycling station pull-out drawers will give you the convenience
of can/bottle/paper separation that is hidden away. Granite or recycled
stone chip composite countertops give a kitchen a durable and natural
feel. Replace that tired vinyl flooring with easy to care for marmoleum,
ceramic tile or bamboo planks with water-based finish for better air
quality. And don't forget to ventilate. Cooking can leave odors and
add moisture to the air, which may promote mold growth. Have a good
hood fan installed that vents to the outside of the house.
energy star appliances.
Replace the seal on your refrigerator door if cold air is leaking out.
Top and bottom freezer models are more efficient than side-by-side.
Use a convection oven, which circulates hot air around food, increasing
efficiency by as much as 23% over conventional ovens.
Use smaller cooking appliances when possible ie: crock pot or toaster oven.
Ventilate your hood fan to the outside (not attic).
Use under the counter fluorescents rather than halogens.
Integrate recycled building materials ie: old beams or cabinets.
Cover furniture with natural fabrics ie: cotton, wool and leather.
Information and Resources
Smart Kitchen" by David Goldbeck