When you think of reducing your carbon footprint, switching to an electric vehicle or turning off all your lights when they aren't in use might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are many ways to reduce the effects we humans have on the environment.
Sustainability can apply to building and designing our kitchens and, ultimately, our homes.
The appliances you choose, the materials you buy, and their source all have an environmental impact. Additionally, many people do not realize that most modern-day kitchens use large amounts of energy and water and create significant waste.
With the recent supply chain shortages and the shift to a more eco-conscious mindset, consumers explore alternative options when renovating and designing their kitchen space.
When you decide to build or design an eco-friendly home, you will do your part in reducing your carbon footprint and save money on your utility bills in the process!
According to the U.S General Services Administration, Sustainable Design Principles include the ability to:
From smart kitchen appliances and improved ventilation to flooring materials and energy-efficient lighting, we will highlight three key ways to keep sustainability in mind the next time you renovate your kitchen.
The easiest way to assess your kitchen's energy efficiency is to reduce the number of appliances you buy that require a power source. For example, you could consider switching from a coffee maker to a french press or using a hand-powered can opener versus an electric one.
For essential kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers, opt for Energy-Star certified models. It is a common misconception that a dishwasher uses too much water compared to hand-washing dishes. Ultimately, if you run your dishwasher when it is full, studies show that it requires less water.
With the demand increasing, many retailers are now developing more energy-efficient appliances. It is worth upgrading to these appliances to reduce your energy usage and save money in the long run.
We often only think about kitchen ventilation when we burn dinner, sending billows of smoke throughout the house. However, studies have shown that everyday cooking on a gas stove with improper ventilation can cause a build-up of dangerous gasses such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide leading to illness and inflammation over time. Furthermore, in the warmer months, homes with a lack of ventilation can cause an increase in air conditioning and energy consumption.
Energy-Star certified range hoods are the necessary solution, and many come with a sleek design to be considered a statement piece in your kitchen. Energy-Star certified range hoods have high-performance motors that maximize optimal airflow, eliminating airborne gas, grease, smoke, and cooking odors. They are a worthy investment in creating a clean and healthy space for you, your family, and the environment.
Your kitchen is where lighting matters most from a design and functionality perspective. Lighting should come after all renovation plans are complete. Understanding how to light your kitchen just right, not too bright or dim. To be eco-conscious, you'll use artificial light only where necessary and allow natural light to shine.
The use of energy-saving LED lighting ends up paying for its cost after 500 hours of use. Pendants over an island create a sleek and recessed lighting for the bulk of the room and tasked lighting along the walls. Installing dimmers is a great way to adjust the lighting throughout the day or night.
Planning your lighting and overall kitchen design with sustainability in mind is no easy task, which is why many people rely on their kitchen designer for direction.
At Custom Kitchens, we never settle for anything less than your ideal kitchen—the heart of your home. Create an eco-friendly kitchen space with energy and water preservation in mind, along with cost savings and a minimalistic look.
If you have more specific questions regarding products, no-fuss design, or you'd like to set up a consultation to discuss your next project, please contact us at Custom Kitchens.