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.
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.
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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