8 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

Sunlite light tube system
Sunlight passes through a tubular system and lights a room. (DepositPhotos)

Install energy-efficient lighting

Natural lighting is still the most energy-efficient lighting because it costs nothing. Natural light can also add more warmth to the area.

If your new kitchen has tubular daylighting systems — which transport sunlight through tubes and into ceiling light fixtures — then choose LED bulbs as backups. LEDs aren’t just energy efficient; they can also last about 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

This means that you won’t have to worry about getting frequent bulb replacements. And you’ll get to save on your electricity bills!

Kitchen appliances
Before purchasing kitchen appliances, check their energy-saving ratings and settings. (DepositPhotos)

Buy energy-efficient appliances

Generally, kitchen appliances account for about 10% of your home’s total energy use. With that, you may want to get energy-efficient appliances to dramatically reduce your electricity bill.

Start by choosing the right size for an appliance that’ll fit your usage needs.
Additionally, check the appliances’ energy-saving settings. This is particularly important for dishwashers — and learn how to wash dishes efficiently.

Design matters, too. Refrigerator units with freezers on the bottom or on top are considered to be more energy-efficient than refrigerators with side-by-side doors.


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