Easy Green Kitchen Upgrades
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 02:00
Written by bkshowplace
Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:00
Planning a kitchen remodel? This is the perfect time to make some upgrades. Not only will you be able to get more advanced and aesthetically-pleasing fixtures and components, but you can also save money by going green. Here are some green kitchen remodel upgrades you can easily make.
Even if your current appliances have the Energy Star label, they probably aren’t up to highest standards of efficiency. Look for Energy Star appliances which have the Tier III rating instead of the lower standard of Tier I or Tier II. You will likely have to pay more for these appliances, but the energy savings can pay off quickly. Plus, you may be able to get tax rebates for upgrading to energy-efficient appliances.
About 15% of all of the water you use in your home flows out through faucets. You can easily save money by switching to a kitchen faucet with the EPA’s WaterSense label. These faucets use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute, which is a significant reduction from the 2.5 gallons per minute used by most older faucets.
Many traditional kitchen flooring options, such as vinyl, are not very eco-friendly. If you are going to redo your floor during your kitchen remodel, consider an eco-friendly option such as sustainably-grown woods like bamboo. These options will carry a certification that they are sustainably harvested. Also, the EPA recommends selecting a flooring material which doesn’t require much maintenance. This will reduce the need to clean the floor with harsh chemical products.
LED lighting has come a long way which in first was introduced to consumers in the 1960s. Today’s LEDs (light emitting diodes) are very long-lasting, have a high lumen output, come in various color spectrums, and are affordably priced. Since LEDs use much less energy than standard incandescent lights, you can drastically cut your energy use with this upgrade. Consider using LEDs to make attractive under-cabinet lighting during your kitchen remodel.