A kitchen is a place where you would find the maximum number of energy and water guzzling appliances. However, simply buying the most efficient appliances will not solve your problems.
If you care for the environment and want to begin the change right from your kitchen, you can follow these simple tips to have an eco friendly kitchen.
Save water by using good taps
A lot of water is wasted because of taps that rush out water at a high pressure even when not needed. Your regular kitchen tap lets out as much as 18 litres of water every minute. You can use a high star rating (low-flow) tap and bring it down to as low as 2 litres per minute.
Try recycled products
Recycled products are easily available these days. You can use recycled materials and fittings to make your eco friendly and at the same time very unique. You can get just about anything at auction houses and salvage yards.
Opt for renewable materials
If you really want to go eco friendly then you must do away with the use of old growth timber and natural stones in the kitchen. Opt for environment friendly timber like bamboo, cork or other plantation timber. If you want the marble look, you can try new cheaper and easily available materials like Marmoleum that are renewable too.
Use eco friendly materials for your kitchen decor
Most adhesives and paints give out toxic compounds after they have dried up. All these emissions can cause various respiratory problems and allergies. They even contribute to global warming to a certain extent. Now that you know this, you can choose adhesives and paints that have very few VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Insulation and Lighting
Proper insulation is often neglected in most homes. If you want your kitchen to be eco friendly, you must ensure that it is well insulated. You would be able to keep your room cooler in summers and warmer during winter. You must ensure that you do not use a lot of fibreglass particles for insulation.
As far as lighting is concerned, you must have as much natural light in your room as possible. Opt for energy saving bulbs and tubes. Your kitchen should have enough natural light to let you work without switching on any bulb or tube during daytime.
By following these simple tips, you can have a functional yet eco friendly kitchen.