Are Eco-Friendly Kitchens Worth The Hype?
It doesn’t take much to know we’re living in a world where waste, pollution, toxic chemicals and high energy costs are present in our everyday lives. As a result, some of us are looking to live a greener life, especially in our homes leading to our question – are eco-friendly kitchens worth the hype? Our response would be a resounding yes.
Many Australians want to live and eat clean, and that is especially true in our homes. So what do you need to consider to incorporate an eco-friendly kitchen into your home? Here are some key pointers:
Think of the future
As well as it having a major impact on the hip pocket, putting in an eco-friendly kitchen and then later replacing again is a waste of energy, finances and resources. To be truly green, a kitchen not only has to have energy-efficient appliances and planet-friendly features, it must be designed to withstand the test of time so try to create a kitchen that will last decades because it’s aesthetically pleasing, functional, comfortable, and cost-effective in the long run.
Take time planning your eco-friendly kitchen. Plan to install enduring designs and products, stay away from features that only reflect existing trends. Kitchens obviously need to function well, wear well and not be fashionable for a minute or two and then be considered passé. This is central to sustainability. Of course, you will be looking to use eco-friendly materials in your kitchen and this also takes time to research and plan.
If you’re installing recessed lighting opt for LED. You can use the screw-in LED replacements, but a better option for your eco-friendly kitchen is recessed lights that have an LED module with a glass diffuser on the bottom. This eliminates dusty light bulbs. But more importantly, the light output is much more pleasant. Remember to add up to 15 percent more lights if you’re using LEDs, because the LED output is less than that from standard incandescent recessed lights.
White goods and star ratings
If you’re installing a new fridge, dishwasher and stove in your eco-friendly kitchen, look for those with a high-star rating, which are readily available in Australia. It’s a great energy-saver and you will see it reflected in your bills.
Various studies have found that indoor air can be – ironically – up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Given that we spend a lot of time indoors, especially in colder months, you need to design your eco-friendly kitchen including sources for energy-efficient natural ventilation that will replace indoor air with fresh air from outside.
Our team of experts can help you design your ideal eco-friendly kitchen. Contact us today for more information.