In continuing the Room by Room Green series, today we are going to take a look at the kitchen. Aside from being the place where people spend a lot of their time and tend to congregate, the kitchen can also be one of the most energy-intensive and wasteful rooms in the home.
Thankfully, though, there are quite a few ways for one to make their kitchen more environmentally-friendly. From the free to the expensive, the level of commitment is of course up to you; the more you are able to do, the lower your environmental footprint will be. Let’s take a look at the ways you can green the hub of your home, the kitchen:
Start with a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator – For a just a few dollars you can save thousands of gallons of water, you can substantially cut the amount of water coming out of the tap.Low-Flow Faucet Aerators are a simple way to save big.
Use a Water Filter – I have a Zuvo water filter and the water out of my tap tastes excellent.
Eliminate Bottled Water – In addition to the plastic waste, tap water costs about $0.002 per gallon compared to the $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon charge for bottled water.
Use Only Non-Toxic Dish and Dishwasher Soap – Whether it’s from the store or made at home, there is no reason to use toxic dish soap – period. In fact, you can buy a single bottle of natural soap and use it for nearly everything.
Washable Sponges – Instead of buying throwaway sponges made from cheap materials, why not buy washable and reusable ones? These are available most everywhere and of course at Amazon.com.
Choose Dish Towels over Paper Towels – Yes, there seems to always be need for paper towels in the home. Even I keep some around. But for most cleanups and wipedowns, washable cotton cloths are a much better choice.
Compost Food Scraps – Use those food scraps to make healthy, organic dirt for your garden.
Vacuum Those Refrigerator Coils – If your refrigerator is more than just a few years old, chances are you can still reach the coils on the back. Vacuum the dust and dirt off of them a few times a year to increase the efficiency of your fridge.
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