- $30 Billion:By purchasing and using ENERGY STAR appliances, lighting and windows, Americans saved this much money in 2013! Which is what most of them were going for. But they also saved to 277 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
- 70 %:You can save this much by building and utilizing a compost pile for waste from the house and yard.
- 70 %:Use a pressure cooker instead of the traditional methods of cooking and you’ll reduce the amount of energy you use.
When we talk about green living in the kitchen, we aren’t necessarily all about what you eat. Part of a green living kitchen is finding and using energy-efficient ways to prepare your food and for cleaning up afterward. It is choosing equipment that is made from materials that are sustainable and avoiding toxic chemicals for a healthy, living green kitchen. Luckily, when you make the ‘right’ choices for living green in your kitchen, you aren’t just helping the planet, but you’re helping your pocket book too.
Here we have some simple and straightforward suggestions and tips for preparing meals that are earth-friendly from the fridge to your food to the cleanup that will make you a green living gourmet.
Top Tips For Living Green In The Kitchen
Select cookware, dishes and utensils that stand will last forever and Teflon isn’t the right choice. Teflon has a limited life of usefulness not to mention the health debates that continue on whether or not it is safe for humans. Your best bet in cookware is cast iron or stainless steel, both of which is pricey, but consider them an investment. Buy utensils that are sturdy and will last awhile. Plastic melts, cheap wood breaks & splinters. And buy quality cloth dish towels that are absorbent instead of using paper towels for a true green living kitchen.
When choosing the best energy for your stove top, electric or gas, it can be difficult to say which is best when it comes to having a green living kitchen. The majority of electricity in America comes from power plants that use coal. But natural gas comes from the fossil fuel that is pumped out of the ground. Gas is an instant heat and preferred by most cooks because it can be controlled easier. And when you turn off the burner, it is off. However, electric burners have to heat up and cool down and they can only be adjusted to certain degrees. If you’re going to go for a gas cooktop, remember lower the BTU output equals more energy-efficient. And with electric cooktop, induction elements are the most energy efficient.
Appliances are pretty much all energy-efficiency these days, from cooktops to dishwasher to ovens. But before you go out and make appliance purchases, check around your community for a take-back type program. These are where they haul off your old appliance and make sure it is properly disposed of. Some appliances have hazardous chemicals inside them, like your old freezer or refrigerator. And be sure to choose appliances that have the Energy Star rating. Do you really need that huge size refrigerator anymore? If the kids have all left home and you only occasionally have them all there, downsize the fridge and save you some money and have a green living kitchen too.