Modern Methods Of Green Kitchen Remodeling
“Going green” is now a mainstream idea: purchasing possibilities prove it. Manufacturers are turning to sustainable products and eco-friendly methods. Appliance companies have been making and selling Energy Star dishwashers, refrigerators, and stoves for many years. Many homes are built to “green” standards from the very beginning, but if your home is older and needs renovations, here are some ideas to help you recreate your kitchen the eco-friendly way.
Green Kitchen Remodeling from the Ground Up
Start with flooring where the latest in green materials are also easy on feet and joints. Cork and linoleum are both sustainable flooring products which are also more forgiving to the body than stone or tiles. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this is a much appreciated feature.
Both materials are water-resistant, but linoleum is available in more patterns and shades than cork. Cork tones are warm and natural. The price range for cork tends to go higher, but both products are available at budget-friendly rates per square-foot.
Many a countertops gives the impression of having been hewn from real stone and carefully polished to a glassy shine, but your eyes might deceive you. A more environmentally friendly practice (cheaper too) is to combine recycled paper and other fibers to resemble natural stone. Check that the manufacturer of these durable products is using sustainable materials, green manufacturing methods, and low or non-toxic binding materials. Besides recycled fibers, recycled glass is another option – recycled glass countertops cost on average between 75.00-110.00 per square foot installed. Reclaimed wood is being turned into countertops to provide a rustic look in modern kitchens.
A great resource for all types of countertop information is: Countertopzone.com
Behind Closed Doors
Many cupboards and drawers are made from particle board, a cheap, light, but respectably solid alternative to real wood for a lower price. If your new cupboards are made from this material ensure the glues and finishes are non-toxic. Choose real hardwood by all means if your budget allows, but with one proviso: check that the source is certified sustainable.
Packaging, including boxes, dividers and padding, should also be made from recycled materials and non-toxic glues.
Shedding Light on Efficiency
An energy-efficient model of every major appliance you need in the kitchen is available. It will be labeled “Energy Star,” and if this is the product you purchase, there could be rebates available from your State. Governments encourage consumers to reduce their energy use, but it makes sense from the consumer’s end too. Spend less on utility bills and more on new flooring, countertops, cupboards, and gourmet ingredients.
Reduce energy consumption even more by changing traditional light bulbs to LED, fluorescent, or halogen. These all use less energy than the old style bulbs and create a warm light. LED is safer too as it does not become overly hot. If you can introduce more natural light, those lights can be turned off more often too.