For homeowners, remodeling the kitchen is one of the most popular types of improvements out there. Whether it’s just a new coat of paint on the walls or an all-out remodel, a new kitchen can add a lot of value to your home and make you feel like you’re inhabiting a brand new space. When you remodel your kitchen, think about going green to save in the long run.
Energy star appliances are appliances that have been rated professionally as using far less electricity to run than older, bulkier appliances. With an energy-efficient appliance, you can rest assured that your carbon footprint is much smaller. Your electricity bills will drop, and if you’re using wind or solar power, you won’t be putting that much of a drain on your system.
This type of tip isn’t about saving money; it’s about saving the planet. Instead of going with materials that were gathered by way of deforestation or some other planet-harming method, you can go green and exercise your eco-friendly muscles by choosing bamboo or cork flooring, or a type of green tile. There are many attractive and affordable options out there. You just have to seek them out.
Like with the tip above, you want to stay away from those trees that were pillaged in somebody’s homeland for pure profit. Go green by making sure your cabinets are FSC Certified. They will still be made of real wood. They will still be very appealing and long-lasting. You’ll just have the peace of mind in knowing that you did not harm the planet in order to store your cups and plates. That’s a big reward for a lot of people out there.
Eco-friendly paints are safe for the environment. They don’t contain the types of chemicals that are going to seep through the ground and contaminate a water supply if they’re disposed of improperly. Luckily, you won’t really pay more for these types of products. Also, a green paint can also come from a manufacturer whose production of the product isn’t polluting the atmosphere.
A lot of people really go all out with the lighting when they remodel their kitchens. They have lights over the sink, over the stove, decorative lights that don’t necessarily add anything to the room but appeal, etc. Instead of wasting money and electricity on so many lights, you can decide to let in more natural light and to look at greener sources.
Granite and marble and any type of stone countertop may be really attractive, but they’re also really expensive and aren’t exactly green. You can help promote eco-living by opting for a recycled material. There are many, many different recycled options you can choose from that look great and function even better.
Making the choice to go green in your life is important for your pocket book and especially for future generations. Perhaps you’re not really ready to transform your entire home or lifestyle; that’s fine. But if you’re going to remodel your kitchen, try to implement these steps so you can witness firsthand just what going green is all about.