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Sustainable Living Starts in the Kitchen

In a world where environmental consciousness is a hot topic, transforming your kitchen into an eco-friendly and energy-efficient haven is not just a trend; it's a crucial step towards sustainable living. The kitchen, the heart of the home, holds potential for positive change when it comes to reducing our ecological footprint. As kitchen designers and fitters, we look to install energy-efficient appliances and sustainable materials, taking care of the planet from the moment we start.  We wanted to share some insights with you to help you make informed choices when it comes to redesigning and refurbishing your kitchen. 


Appliances


Fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, air fryer… with so many appliances it’s a quick win to attaining an eco-friendly and energy-efficient kitchen by tackling these first. They can be easily maintained or replaced, even if they are built in. 


When you are looking for a new appliance, make sure you check out the energy rating. This will be a letter from A-G, A being the most energy efficient, and will be shown for all new appliances. Not only is this better for our carbon footprint, but it can reduce your energy bill too. There are recycling options for your old appliances, often through your retailer, so that you can be conscious about the disposal of any old units. 


Make sure that you maintain your appliances, this will ensure an optimal performance and lifespan. Regular cleaning, proper ventilation and repairs as necessary will keep everything running as efficiently as possible. 


Kitchen Materials


Make considered choices with the materials that make up your kitchen space, and aim to use sustainably produced items and materials. Worktops allow a lot of scope for this; opt for ones that have been recycled or repurposed, they will offer both durability and a reduced environmental impact. Recycled glass, bamboo or reclaimed wood are good choices that will add a unique look to your kitchen. 


When you are choosing your flooring, eco-friendly options like cork, bamboo or linoleum boast renewal qualities, and have a low environmental impact during production. Look for kitchen cabinets that have been made from certified sustainable wood, or that utilise recycled and repurposed materials. 


Lighting Solutions


Lighting is a big factor in a kitchen, after all, no one would fancy trying to chop a carrot in the dark! You need to make sure that your task lighting perfectly illuminates whilst keeping the energy consumption as low as possible. LED bulbs are a brilliant choice for your eco-friendly and energy-efficient kitchen. LEDs have excellent energy efficiency, long life and a reduced environmental impact. Available in different colours, there is something to suit any mood and space. 


You can go one step further and install a smart lighting system in your kitchen. These systems offer advanced controls, allowing you to customise lighting levels and schedules, adapting them to your needs throughout the day. Motion sensors and automated dimmers are additional features that contribute to energy conservation by ensuring that the lights are only in use when necessary. Alongside your lighting system, make sure that you are maximising any natural light in the room, avoiding unnecessary use of lights. 


Water Conservation


With the cost of gas and electricity increasing, we can often forget that water plays its part in our kitchens too. Conserving water is a vital component of an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. 


Start by installing water-efficient taps and aerators to minimise usage without compromising functionality. Boiling water taps may not save water as such, but they are energy efficient as they use less electricity than a kettle. 


Using a dishwasher for your washing up can save the water you use. Make sure that you run the dishwasher with a full load, and there are detergents you can choose to minimise the chemicals you use in the process. As with any appliance, look at their efficiency rating.


Kitchen design can help immensely with eco-friendliness and energy efficiency, but as humans we also need to change our habits to make an even bigger difference. There are recycling options for so many different things, and you can integrate separate bins for your recycling needs, making it easy to dispose of any items correctly. You can choose utensils and storage containers that are made from sustainable materials. You can make the right choices. 


Greenwood Kitchens is committed to keeping all our kitchen designs as sustainable as possible, and we plant a tree for every kitchen that we install. If you would like to find out how we can help you create a more efficient kitchen contact us now. 


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