Typically, there are two main reasons for a person’s drive to have eco friendly kitchen either to save more money in the end, or simply to preserve our environment so that it remains pristine and beautiful for generations to come. No matter what the reason, you do not need to drive an expensive hybrid vehicle to do your part; in fact, one of the easiest places to go green is right in your own home — the kitchen.
Think about it, the kitchen is probably one of the busiest rooms in your house, typically because it is where the household’s food is. However, even when not being traversed by people, the kitchen is still bustling with life, mainly due to appliances. The term “phantom energy load” has grown quite a reputation over the past few years. A phantom energy load refers to the fact that your appliances, even when not being used, are still consuming electricity. Most electronic devices are notorious for phantom energy use, from the refrigerator in the kitchen, to the plasma-screen television hanging on the wall in the master bedroom.
Now, what can you do? That strictly depends on the budget you are working with. Ideally, replacing your current appliances with new, Energy Star rated appliances is the most environmentally-friendly option. However, that can be pricey so if you are working with a budget then this option may not be for you. Luckily though, there is a way to greenify your appliances without breaking the bank. Most major appliance brands have incorporated replacement parts for older appliances that are ergonomic, eco-friendly, and more durable than their predecessors. Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Cuisinart, GE, Electrolux, and Maytag parts are usually available at local hardware and plumbing stores. Moreover, while most people would prefer to hire a professional to install replacement appliance parts, with a little research and initiative, this project can easily be made into a do-it-yourself project.
While your appliances are a major contender for a green kitchen, they are not the only way to make your kitchen green; a simple trip to the grocery store will prove that. While debatable, the dishwashing sector of the kitchen has always been a major player. Some green enthusiasts swear by hand-washing dishes to be more eco-friendly. However, recently, more and more efficient dishwashers have emerged on the market and are really working hard to prove themselves. As of now, the choice is up to you. Should you choose to wash dishes by hand, try not to leave the water running while you wash them.
Next time you write out your grocery list, consider planning your meals for the week. Doing this will reduce the amount of food you buy, which also reduces the amount of plastic packaging you are bringing home and throwing away. Not only will you cut back on the amount of plastic waste, but this will also save you money in the end since you will not be winging it for your week’s meal plan. Speaking of plastic, a recycling bin has always been and always will be one of the easiest green initiatives to follow. Simply place the bin next to your trashcan and it’s as easy as throwing your plastic, aluminum, and other recyclables in there rather than the trashcan.
As you can see, there are a number of ways for a person to become immersed in the green lifestyle. Keep in mind that the information listed above is just a few things you can do in the kitchen. If you want to expand your personal movement to other rooms in the house, or even to your daily routine, you should do so. Moreover, being green does not add much more to your plate, just a good feeling knowing that you’re doing your part for the environment.