Going green in your kitchen can save you green



Many people choose to go green in their kitchens to save the environment by cutting down on energy use and waste. But going green in your kitchen also will save you money. Here are ways you can make your kitchen more green.

Get greener appliances

If you have older appliances, it’s likely they are using a lot more energy than necessary. A new stove, microwave and refrigerator will use less electricity than older ones. A new dishwasher will use less water. According to the Queensland Appliances, new appliances use less energy than older ones, which means not only will you use less energy, you’ll also save money on your utility bills. When you replace your appliances, make sure to recycle the old ones.

Get eco-friendly cookware

While non-stick Teflon pans may be easier to cook with than traditional stainless steel or cast iron cookware, they are much less environmentally friendly. For one thing, chemicals have to be applied to the Teflon cooking surface in a not very environmentally friendly way. Also, if you take care of them, stainless steel and cast iron cookware will last decades. Teflon-coated pans, on the other hand, tend to wear out after just a few years.

Start a composting pile

People tend to generate more waste in their kitchen than any other room in the house. Between leftover packaging and food that doesn’t get used, there is a lot that could potentially get thrown away. A good way to deal with all that waste is to start a composting pile. You can compost any uncooked food, such as old produce, as well as organic packaging waste such as paper and cardboard. Find a good spot in your yard and garden and let the compost pile up. The material will degrade over time, and it also can provide a good source of fertilizer for your garden and plants.

Install devices to save water

Even with a new energy-efficient dishwasher, you still may be wasting tons of water each day when using your sink. One of the most water-wasting activities is rinsing off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. By installing sensor faucets, foot pedals or a faucet aerator, you can cut down tremendously on your water use. These devices allow you to cut the water flow off the second you aren’t using it, which is much easier than having to turn the water on and off manually every time you finish rinsing something.

Store your food properly

Proper food storage will make things last longer and cut down on the amount of food that gets wasted. For example, store any leftovers in airtight containers before you put them in your refrigerator rather than leaving them in takeout containers. That will extend their shelf life by days. You also should go through your refrigerator every few days and check the “use by” dates on food. Move older things to the front and newer items to the back to ensure you use them in the correct order and don’t allow anything to expire.

Use natural cleaners

With the amount of cleaning that’s required in a kitchen, over the course of a year, gallons of chemicals get rinsed down the drain. By using natural cleaners, you will prevent this. You can make many of your own cleaners using items you probably have in your pantry, such as baking soda and lemon juice. There also are many natural products on the market that you can find in any natural foods market.

Going green in your kitchen may require a little bit of work, but the rewards far outweigh the effort. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, you are likely to save money in the long run in increased energy savings and less waste.

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