Eco Friendly Kitchen Renovations

Eco Friendly Kitchen Renovations

Eco Friendly Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen renovations are not only costly, they tend to be environmentally unfriendly. Eco friendly kitchen renovations are also money saving renovations, so when you go green in your kitchen your pocketbook wins as well.

Don’t Waste: Recycle and Reuse

Far too many old kitchens go straight from the kitchen floor to the tip. Many of these kitchens are in perfectly useable condition. You can win in several ways if you think about recycling instead of discarding your old kitchen:

  • While the kitchen you are replacing may be the wrong shape or size for your home, it may be perfect for someone else. They just need to know it’s available. Take a couple of digital photos of your kitchen and advertise it online, spread the word in your neighbourhood and tell your kitchen company that your old kitchen is for sale. The buyer may even save you the cost of having your old kitchen removed by coming to your home and removing it themselves.
  • Does your entire kitchen have to go or can you still use some or all of your cabinets and cupboards? Kitchen cabinets are made to standard sizes, so if you are just renovating because you need a larger pantry or want to add a kitchen peninsula or island, you may be able to work with what you’ve got. Many companies that sell flatpack kitchens are happy to sell individual cabinets as well or you can have a local cabinet maker build the extra cabinets you need.
  • Eco Friendly Kitchen Renovations
  • If it’s just the external appearance of your kitchen that bothers you, why not reface it instead of replacing it? A set of new drawer and door fronts may be all you need or you may even be able to paint them rather than replace them. New paints on the market are designed to adhere to melamine and laminate.

Planning an Eco Friendly Kitchen

Kitchens are enormous energy users. When planning an eco friendly kitchen, think about using the most energy efficient appliances you can. The Energy Rating labels on new appliances will help, but there are other ways to save energy in the kitchen as well. For example:

  • Get the right size refrigerator, not the biggest fridge: A fridge that is full of goods is more energy efficient than a half empty fridge. Once they have cooled, the goods in the fridge help keep the temperature down. Also, two different capacity fridges may have the same Energy Rating, but the smaller of the two will still consume less energy than the larger.
  • Think about switching from electric to gas cooking. Gas is much cleaner than electric energy and if you live in an area where natural gas is available, it’s cheaper, too.
  • Many new smart appliances are smart enough to know how to operate with maximum energy efficiency. Some dishwashers, for instance, use soiling sensors and automatically adjust temperature and water levels according to need.

Also consider the environmental impact your choice of kitchen building materials is going to have. If you want to have a country style kitchen, find a kitchen company that uses recycled timber instead of using new timber and distressing it to make it appear old. For a more modern kitchen, follow the lead of top kitchen designers who are recommending greener kitchen benchtop materials. Instead of using granite, for example, you choose recycled glass or engineered stone. Some engineered stone manufacturers even offer a selection of products made partially from recycled materials.

No kitchen is going to be 100 percent eco friendly, but the more eco friendly you can make your kitchen, the better it will be for the environment and your budget. Going green doesn’t mean going without, it just means thinking smart.

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