As one of the most important areas in your home, your kitchen should be a healthy place that inspires you to adopt a greener lifestyle. By introducing some effective green changes into your kitchen, not only will you be able to reduce your electricity bill significantly, but you’ll also create an environment that nourishes your health and well-being while also having a positive impact on the environment.
Painting your kitchen green doesn’t mean that you should go with a green hue (although you can). It actually entails picking a healthy, toxin-free alternative to regular paint. Regular paint contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a mixture of toxic chemicals that can be released into your indoor air. Eco-friendly paint is free from these toxins, so it won’t affect your indoor air quality. Thus, if you’re planning to repaint your kitchen, make sure to go with VOC-free paint for a fresh, clean and healthy base.
Switch to green cleaning products
Hygiene is crucial for a healthy home, but it’s particularly important in the kitchen. This is the area where you handle and prepare your food, so it’s essential that every surface, cooking appliances and other kitchen areas be squeaky clean. This is another opportunity to make your kitchen greener. Instead of using highly toxic cleaning products, most of which contain substances that have been linked to serious health problems, you should either use green cleaning supplies or make your own solutions. If you decide to buy eco-friendly cleaning products, make sure to read their labels carefully because some of them may be misrepresented as green and healthy, buy reputable brands. When it comes to making solutions, you can find numerous recipes online, but you’ll typically need some basic products, such as white vinegar, baking soda and warm water with a couple of drops of essential oils.
Use green appliances
Your kitchen appliances are one of the greatest energy consumers in your home. Thus, you should consider switching to eco-friendlier models that use less energy and that have excellent Energy Star ratings. Another effective solution is to choose appliances that are inherently more energy-saving than others. For instance, it has been shown that induction cooking is more energy efficient than electric and gas cooking. However, if you decide to go with a new cooking appliance, make sure to go with a reliable brand like a high-performance Bosch induction cooktop that will ensure faster, more efficient cooking. Finally, you should also be mindful of how you use your kitchen appliances. For example, you should avoid leaving your fridge open even for a little while, using your dishwasher when it’s not full or leaving your oven on even when you don’t have to.
Reduce your water consumption
Cutting your water use in the kitchen is another great way to make it eco-friendlier and reduce water wastage. Aside from simply being mindful of how and how much you use water, there are several tips that you can implement to reduce your consumption. For instance, you can install motion sensor faucets that will turn on only when you need them. You can also go with a foot pedal that will allow you to control your faucet while washing your food or doing the dishes. Finally, you should also invest in a dishwasher because it consumes around 37 per cent less water than washing the dishes manually. However, if you don’t have a dishwasher, make sure to use less water when doing the dishes.
Reuse and recycle
Instead of being wasteful in the kitchen, you should start recycling and reusing your items. You should place a recycling bin in a visible place and encourage all of your family members to recycle. When it comes to reusing your items, you should invest in glass or aluminium food containers for storing leftovers rather than using tin foil or plastic wrap. You should also stop using plastic bottles and start cooling down water in a purifying pitcher that you’ll keep in your fridge.
Buy and cook food the green way
You shouldn’t be wasteful with your food, but try to find different ways to use and cook it the green way. First of all, you shouldn’t buy too much food and then let it go to waste. You should be mindful of your grocery shopping and always bring a list when going to the store. Furthermore, you should avoid using plastic bags and buying products with unnecessary packaging. When cooking, you can turn of your oven right before a dish is done and let it continue cooking in the hot oven. Finally, if you’ve prepared too much food, make sure to freeze the leftovers or turn them into homemade compost for your garden.
All you need to do to green up your kitchen is to implement some (or all) of these simple steps.