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Green Kitchen Countertops

Green Kitchen Countertops – Eco-friendly Solutions for Kitchen Remodeling

This was written by Suzzane Edwards of  Kitchen Cabinetry.

A green home is synonymous to healthy, clean and sustainable living. And when it comes to creating a truly green kitchen we must consider every single detail. Most of these kitchen countertops are made from recycled materials and could be recycled again if the homeowner chooses to move on another kitchen remodeling project. With the world struggling to cope with dwindling resources, choosing environmentally friendly materials for your kitchen countertops is a simple way of expressing your support for a greener and more sustainable future.

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Wood Countertops

Wood has long been used in making countertops. These are sturdy materials and can be crafted into many designs. Although some might contend that these require cutting down trees, wood is a building material that could be sustained by responsible logging and replanting.

Wood countertops are not only produced from freshly cut wood. It could also be made from sawdust or other wood byproducts. A huge part of using wood in green kitchens is its ability to give a more natural look and feel.

Granite and Stone Countertops

Stone countertops are perfect for bringing a classical and traditional touch to any kitchen. These however could be found in the higher price range so be ready for the costs. Stone countertops maybe pricier but are definitely durable, making them a perfect long term addition to any green kitchen.

Glass Countertops

Using glass for countertops is a simple way of adding a unique touch to your kitchen. Glass countertops can come in a myriad of designs and styles. Most people would think that a glass countertop is merely a clear and glossy finish. These could also come in the shape of colorful glass styles that could be tailored to match any kitchen design. Interesting glass countertop designs includes Ice Stone finishes.

Steel Countertops

Steel is a building material that could be recycled indefinitely. It could be melted and reshaped for use as building materials. Steel countertops are perfect for modern kitchens. It could also provide a powerful contrast to a wood finished kitchen blending traditional and modern kitchen designs. Steel countertops are durable and perfect for working kitchens. However, these require constant cleaning because it is a magnet for fingerprints and watermarks.

Plastic and Resins

Some of us may be surprised that resin based countertops are included in the list. These are made from recycled plastic and come in a variety of eye-popping colors. Another great thing about them is that these are totally recyclable. Greater demand for plastic and resin countertops keeps these from filling in our landfills or polluting the environment.

Part of being labeled “green” includes the material’s ability to be recycled. Changes in taste or kitchen design may lead homeowners to discard their old countertops and the need to purchase new ones. Using green materials for your countertops reduces the need to produce more materials and preserves precious natural resources for future use.

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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

This was written by Kelli Cooper of Smart Pack Kit kitchen renovations.

As environmental problems are gaining greater attention and awareness, there is a push to be more eco-friendly in all areas of life. There are lots of ways for the average individual to be greener and how we design our homes can have a major impact on how good a friend we are being to the environment. If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen and you want a more environmentally-consious design, here are some tips to help you design a beautiful , greener kitchen.

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Choose Eco-Friendly Flooring and Cabinet Materials

The materials we choose in our remodeling efforts is one of the most important decisions we make in terms of being more environmentally friendly; we want to choose products that do not harm the environment and/or are highly sustainable. Bamboo is a great choice for floors or countertops—this highly sustainable grass is not only durable, it is a great choice for people with allergies and other respiratory illnesses since it discourages the growth of bacteria and other irritants. You will be able to achieve the look of wood without contributing to the cutting-down of valuable trees. Cork is another great flooring choice while some good counterop materials include recycled glass in a concrete mix, stained concrete and indigenous stone.

Get Energy-Efficient Appliances

Conserving electricity will not only help you be green, it will help you save some green on your utility bills. Look for appliances with the ‘’Energy Star’’ label; these products have been evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency and to gain the designation, they must meet certain standards of energy efficiency, provide similar levels of performance as conventional products and if they cost more than their conventional counterparts, the cost savings must be enough that you would recoup the costs in a reasonable amount of time. By choosing more energy-efficient appliances, you not only conserve electricity, you are reducing the amount of green house gases and other pollutants produced from inefficient energy use.

Get a More Energy-Efficient Stove

Stoves that use induction heating are very eco-friendly; since they heat up faster and cook food faster, they are using less enery on two fronts. These stoves use electricity to create a magnetic field that interacts with the ferric content in various types of cookware; this encourages the movement of molecules, which produces heat.

Install an Under-the-Counter Water Purifier

This tip may not apply to your kitchen directly, but it sure is eco-friendly when you consider the astronomical amount of waste created from drinking bottled water. An under-the-counter water purifer is 10 times more effective at filtering bacteria, pesticides and heavy metal than a purifier connected to your faucet. It may seem pricier at 150 to 200 dollars for a filter, but considering what we pay for bottled water, you will reap savings over the long-term.

Reuse Anything You Can

Before totally gutting your kitchen and buying new everything, look around and see what can be salvaged or repurposed for something else. Maybe you do not need new cabinets and refinishing them will give you the look you want. Maybe that old wardrobe in the attic can make a good pantry. If you need new materials for anything, look in salvage yards for any materials you can use in your remodeling efforts—for example, old pine beams can be used to put down new flooring.

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Top 10 Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly To Stay Healthy

Top 10 Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly To Stay Healthy

This guest post is by Yogesh Mankani of  NiceLEDlights.com.

Ever since human civilization started building permanent residences, an area demarcated for food preparation had been integral to overall design. Today, the kitchen, as a room has taken on a much more central role. It’s the heart of your home, where not only cooking, but socializing, entertainment and relaxation happens.

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With the changing family structures and cooking methods, the kitchen also had to be redefining itself. The transformation has spearheaded an evolution in different components that make up this space, both functional and aesthetic.  While designing our kitchen we can work out on small details to make that kitchen, a Green Kitchen. This is the place you spend a considerable amount of time, hence an eco-friendly kitchen is the best thing to reward yourself and society. There are a lot of options in case you want to remodel the kitchen. Here are some tips to help you out in choosing the ways to go greener.

1. Throw all the plastic

Plastics are the most easily available material. Whether it’s the storage containers, water bottles or baby cutlery. Not only they harm the environment, also the plastics are fat-soluble. This means it contaminates the food stored like, meat, cheese or oil. Do not use plastic containers to heat food in microwave. Replace any cracked or brittle plastic container. Use stainless steel bottles to store water. Just remember plastics are total NO if you want a healthy kitchen.

2. Use Solar Ovens

Instead of using induction cookers, microwaves or conventional gas stoves, try using solar cookers. They not only retain all the vitamins and minerals in food, but also enrich them with Vitamin D.  It is smoke free cooking and requires least attention since you need not stir the food.

3. Lightening

Use LED’s or fluorescent lights in kitchen. They will almost bring down your electricity consumption to 50%. Also, whenever possible use natural sunlight to brighten up the kitchen and bring down your electricity bill.

4. Reusable bags

Always carry reusable bags when going out for buying groceries, so as to avoid single use of paper or plastic bags. There are funky eco bags available these days, so you can be stylish as well while shopping and saving plastic.

5. Use wooden cutting board

It has been found out that plastic boards develop cracks and encourage bacteria growth. Use wooden or bamboo cutting boards since they are resistant to bacteria. Also, remember to use separate boards to cut meats and veggies to avoid contamination.

6. Compost System

Use separate bins for trashing vegetable scraps, eggs shell or grass clippings. Take it out in every few days and throw it in the chosen compost bin.

7. Kitchen Faucet

Try and invest in a low flow kitchen faucet. Every time you open it, you reduce the amount of water in all of your kitchen tasks. You can also choose the one with the sensor for automatic shutoff. So, when there is nothing under it, the water is turned off. In this way you save water without even noticing.

8. Use energy star appliances

Energy star appliances consumes 10-50% less energy than other models. So whenever you are buying any new appliance just confirm the energy star for it from the vendor. They will not only conserve energy and water, but save you money over time.

9. Grow your own veggies

You need not have a garden to grow plants. Even a balcony or a windowsill is enough to grow herbs like thyme or basil. So next time you wouldn’t have to rush to supermarket to get fresh mint to make a cocktail.

10. Limit use of Paper Towels

Save those trees and use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper.

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Save Energy In The Kitchen

5 Ways To Save Energy In The Kitchen For The Modern Lady

This is a guest post by Isaac of Cliq Studios.

The modern lady is busy, sociable and very often finds herself juggling many tasks at once. This leaves her with limited time for domestic chores… In a modern ladies mind, anything that makes life easy is a win… However, this busy schedule often neglects thought for how to conserve energy in the home. Here are ways that a modern lady can save energy in the home:

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Saving energy in the kitchen involves revisiting how almost every ‘activity area’ and appliance is used. Awareness of ways to change behaviours that result in the unnecessary use of electricity can not only lower electric bills but also benefit the environment. A careful look at the way appliances and cooking procedures increase the cost of electricity reveal many areas in the kitchen that can produce huge energy savings.

The areas to find ways to save electricity in the kitchen include large appliances, small appliances, and cooking methods. Simple changes to each area can make a big difference in the amount that appears on an electric bill. A persistent effort to cut unnecessary use of electric power can result in significant savings.

Cooking tips

  • Large appliances like big cookers, freezers and the refrigerator create a heavy draw on energy. Cookers have several energy saving options and have really focused their efforts on finding ways to encourage the conservation of energy and subsequently lower operating costs.
  • Use a toaster oven for small items instead of the oven.
  • Use the residual heat in a burner or oven as a way to cut down on energy. Both stay hot enough to continue cooking long after they turn off.
  • Keep the reflectors clean so they can increase the available heat.

Lower the cost of using the refrigerator and freezer

  • Set the freezer and refrigerator temperatures at the level manufacturers recommend.
  • Check the seals on the refrigerator to make sure they do not let cold air escape. If a dollar bill pulls through the seals when the refrigerator door is closed, they may need replacements.

Save energy that produces heat or cold

Appliances that are hot keep heat for a long time, even in the off position. Many foods can reach a last stage of cooking by using the heat that remains in the oven or burner.

  • Put a lid on foods that can continue to cook after they come off the burner. Boiled eggs and rice are two items that work well with this method.
  • Fit the size of the pan to the size of the burner.

Store foods properly

  • Use a cover on food that is stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered food creates moisture that needs extra cooling power.
  • Wait until hot food cools down prior to refrigerating it.

Use water wisely

  • Make sure to use cold water from the kitchen faucet, unless there is a reason to use hot water.
  • Avoid using energy for the hot water heater unnecessarily.

With a small amount of thought and planning, a modern lady can save energy in the kitchen and lower the costs of operating the appliances as well. Small efforts can produce big savings for the smart and efficient cook. Many ways to save on energy in the kitchen are available to anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of doing so – not just the modern lady!

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