Let’s face it, having a green kitchen can be expensive. Buying all new energy-efficient appliances and making sure your cabinets, flooring and countertops are eco-friendly can have a huge impact on your wallet.
But what if you want to do some eco-friendly things in the kitchen and don’t have a lot of money to spend? Here are three things that you can do today that won’t cost you a lot, but will go a long way towards conserving energy and helping the environment.
1. When Cleaning
A green kitchen isn’t just about the items that you put it, it’s also about the resources that you use while you’re going about your daily activities of cooking and cleaning. One way you can reduce the resources to use is by buying a low flow kitchen faucet that will reduce the amount of water you use during all of your kitchen tasks. You can choose from ones that have metered valve’s, once with automatic shutoff and ones that have a sensor that know when something is under an and can turn the water on and then off again when nothing is under it.
2. When Cooking
Most people do a lot of cooking in the kitchen and cooking uses either electricity or gas depending on the type of stove you have. You can reduce the amount of energy needed to cook anything by buying waterless cookware. This is cookware that is specifically designed to not use water for cooking and, therefore, the food cooks much faster, thus using less resources to cook it.
3. When Washing
Most modern homes today have a dishwasher, but these handy appliances can use a lot of energy to produce those squeaky clean dishes. One thing you can do to save resources and the dishwasher is to turn down the temperature. Most people think it should be as hot as possible, but 120°F is all you need to sanitize your dishes.
While these might not seem like big things, every little step towards having a green kitchen helps reduce your carbon footprint and it all adds up to a healthier environment.