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How to Design an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen

By Karin Mangan

One common factor for home renovation today is finding better ways to be green. When it comes to your kitchen, there are a wide variety of factors that can determine your energy use and environmental consciousness. There is more than one way for how to design a kitchen with green elements, since you can focus on a variety of efficiency options. Take inventory of where your kitchen is today to identify ways you can open up the space.

For example, you may want to replace a TV with a fireplace that makes the room more inviting socially and lowers the carbon footprint. Additionally, you can look at ways to upgrade your light bulbs while investing in natural light sources as well. By writing down all of the sources which utilize energy in your kitchen you can determine the most effective ways to shift toward improved environmental quality.

Today's most efficient green kitchen appliances save over 40% of the energy use from traditional options. For example, adding a new low water use dishwasher can save substantial water use costs, while also providing you with a better way to effectively clean your dishes. With today's advanced technology you can get better results from your kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Always look for energy star materials and applications, as well as using natural products where possible. You may be surprised how often you can use natural lighting or surfaces when you investigate the source. Whether you're working with a green contractor or want to infuse more environmental friendly aspects into the project, you can organize an environmentally friendly condition from top to bottom. Using natural materials such as bamboo along with adding green friendly aspects such as composting can give your kitchen a true seal of approval.

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