What Makes A Kitchen Environmentally Friendly?

By   August 20, 2015

environmentally friendlyWhen it comes time to upgrade your kitchen, making smart choices in energy-efficient appliances will benefit you and are environmentally friendly too. Here we offer you some view points on appliances so that you can make smart choice and make you kitchen environmentally friendly too.

The Refrigerator

One of the largest energy suckers in your home is your refrigerator, no matter how new it is. They are responsible for nine to fifteen percent of your electric bill each month. Choose a refrigerator that has the Energy Star label on it. This label means that it meets the government standards, but the Energy Star label doesn’t mean they are all as efficient and environmentally friendly.

And keep in mind that the size of the refrigerator will matter too, so don’t go small just because it’s cheaper. A refrigerator that is too small will be packed fuller and therefore will need more energy to keep the inside cold. Just the opposite is said of refrigerators that are too big because you are cooling space you aren’t using. And the ice maker, ice dispenser and in-door water will consume even more energy and so do side-by-side units.
Electric Ranges or Gas Cooktops

You have options in what type of fuel you want your cooktop or range to be. You can go with electric, natural gas or propane gas and if you have the ability to choose (meaning existing homes will have one source in place already) then choose the one that is most environmentally friendly.
The electrical option could be powered by renewable power like with solar panels. However, the majority of our electricity is coal generated, which contributes to the greenhouse gas concerns by not being environmentally friendly.

The natural gas option is probably the least expensive and least efficient when it comes to the fuel source.  There is a combustible by-product while cooking on gas with things like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide emitting into the air, which is definitely not environmentally friendly.

Your Oven

There are 3 widths when choosing wall ovens and you should keep in mind that what energy it uses relates to its size. So the bigger your oven, the more energy it will use to heat, so if it is possible when choosing an oven, go with a smaller size if it can meet your household needs. If you are going with a double oven, having 2 of the smaller units actually uses less electricity than one large one.