The Perfect Green Kitchen
In many ways the kitchen is the first place to start if we want to make effective
green change in our households.
For the size of the space there are a lot of resources and energy consumed and waste products generated that
with careful management can reduce our carbon footprint and save money as well!
Water for washing dishes and food can be conserved if energy efficient machines are used and appropriate cycles
are adopted for the loads to be processed.
There is nothing to be gained by doing only a few dishes at a time or leaving the machine on standby for long
Both water and electricity will be wasted.
Think also about how your machine can be adapted to recycle water to be used as grey water for lawn and garden
watering. On this theme, don't rinse fruit and vegetables under running water.
Think of this as pouring money literally down the drain and the addition to your utility bill every day you do
this. Check your taps also don't drip as one tap can add 1000 gallons a year to your total, if allowed to drip
continually. You could also install
water saving fittings to help reduce your water
When cooking make sure your appliances are energy efficient and examine how often they are used to
produce only one dish when you could prepare two or three ahead of time and cook together.
This may sound like penny pinching but you will benefit from the savings to be made in a year as well as
enjoying the benefits of coming home to a ready to heat meal without the labor of preparation and cooking every
Think also about ventilation and heating in this room where we can spend several hours a day. Range hoods should
be equipped with timing devices that mean they just don't run for hours after needed, and opening a window may
achieve the same result.
One appliance that uses a major slice of energy in the kitchen is the refrigerator. Old models may be much
greater users of power than new models and may contain leaks in their seals which further reduce performance.
Consider replacement if you can, and make sure the disposal of the machine is done properly as they contain harmful
gases that have to be removed carefully.
When you do get a new appliance, as well as checking the efficiency rating, decide what features you really
need. Icemakers and cold water systems may sound great but do they really mean that much if you can use freezer
space to make a few ice cubes when needed?
The greatest contribution to a really green kitchen you can make is to look at the food you eat and how it is
grown and processed. Organically grown vegetables purchased and eaten immediately require little processing and
storage, and if obtained from local suppliers little in the way of packaging. Look at the things in your cupboards
and how much plastic and cardboard is used in getting them to your home.
Buy your fresh produce and meat from suppliers you have confidence in not to use hormones and chemicals to make
their product appear better. Look seriously at growing some of
your own vegetables which can save you money, be fun and provide physical exercise, at the same time as being
full of natural flavor and goodness.
There is the opportunity here for using waste to make compost and further boost production at no extra cost. A
green kitchen can be a win win for you, your pocket and the environment!
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