Eco-friendly renovations are very popular among homeowners. Committing to energy efficient products and renovation practices when remodeling your kitchen will reduce your home’s footprint on the environment and lower your utility costs too. Here are some ideas for a green kitchen renovation:
Install sustainable wood cabinets.
Wood is a natural and sustainable resource and it’s 100% recyclable! Installing natural wood cabinets that have been manufactured using eco-friendly practices will reduce your impact on the environment. Ask for cabinets that use formaldehyde-free glues and low or no VOC finishes.
Go green with your countertop choice.
Check out this eco-friendly countertop buyers guide and choose kitchen countertops that have minimal impact on the environment. Among the top on the list are bamboo butcher block, recycled paper, recycled glass, recycled porcelain tile and quartz. These countertops are made of recycled materials and made from sustainable manufacturing processes.
Replace your floors with eco-friendly flooring options.
Cork flooring is made from tree bark. Since tree bark grows back after it’s harvested, this is a sustainable resource. Cork is soft to walk on, looks great and is water resistant. Another eco-friendly choice is linoleum. Linoleum can be made from renewable materials and doesn’t emit toxic gases after installation.
Purchase high efficiency appliances.
When choosing new appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR logo. ENERGY STAR certified appliances are more energy efficient and since they use less gas and electricity, you will save on your monthly utility costs. They are tested and rated to ensure they are the most energy efficient on the market.
Swap out your incandescent bulbs for CFLs or LEDs.
Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs are four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also use 50 to 80% less energy. LED bulbs last 10 times longer that CFL bulbs and 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs. They also use from one-third to one-thirtieth of the energy used by incandescent bulbs. Swapping out your energy-using incandescent with one of these energy efficient options is a smart idea when installing new light fixtures for your kitchen renovation.
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