Nowadays, everything is about saving money or saving the planet. By making some changes to your home, you can do both. Energy-efficient kitchen designs become more popular amongst homeowners and we couldn’t be happier.
Energy-Efficient & ‘Green’ Design Ideas for Your Kitchen
Whether they are small or big changes, every effort helps, which is why we are sharing 3 energy-efficient design ideas that can help you reduce your bills and contribute to saving our planet. Here are 3 ways you can save energy through your kitchen design.
1. Make the Switch to LED Lights
LED lights are a great addition to any kitchen, especially the kitchen. When cooking meals, the kitchen naturally heats up; coupled with the heat from the lights, the room can quickly get unnecessarily hot and stuffy. LED lights that are recessed or under cabinets all help reduce heat in the kitchen. Having lights that can be dimmed will help you reduce the amount of light in your kitchen, as 100% lighting is not always required; this saves electricity and money, as well as keeps your kitchen cooler.
2. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
Investing in a few energy-efficient household appliances can save you up to 30% on your bills. This is because they help you save water, cook faster and use less constant energy. Did you know that regular dishwasher’s use’s much less water than handwashing? Ensure that your dishwasher is only run when full though and on a short cycle. Buying energy-saving appliances can save you a lot of money in the long run. Steam ovens are fast on the rise to being the oven of choice, as they cook healthier meals at a faster pace, thus using less energy.
3. Use Sustainable Materials
If you want a ‘green’ kitchen, it would be a good idea to start from the bottom when you begin designing. This involves using sustainable materials for the production of your kitchen, such as recycled wood, using VOC-free paints and finishes and water-saving faucets. These changes all contribute to an environmentally-friendly kitchen because it is possible to have a ‘green’ kitchen without sacrificing beauty. Many people are not educated on what materials are damaging to the environment, so it is important that you research the materials you have in mind before purchasing them.
Let Kitchen Depot Help Your Create the Perfect Energy-Efficient Kitchen
Now that you know a little more about that it takes to have a green, energy-efficient kitchen, it is time to begin planning. Kitchen Depot can assist you throughout the process, from the planning to the installation. Contact us and let us know what your dream kitchen entails, and we will be honoured to bring it to life.