Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Makeover

If you are going to remodel your kitchen, consider these ideas for making an environmentally friendly redesign. Here are six ways you incorporate green building materials into your new kitchen.

Bamboo. The latest in green kitchens is fast-growing bamboo. You can use this material for cutting boards, backsplashes, and flooring.

Lighting. You can cut down on lighting costs by using fluorescents. They cut energy use by 50%. Whenever possible, use natural light to brighten up your kitchen and bring down your electrical bill.

Cork. This renewable resource is made from the bark off a tree. It is also sound-absorbing and hypoallergenic. Cork is also resistant to mold and mildew, which makes it doubly great for kitchens.

Top and bottom freezer/refrigerator units. These are more energy-efficient than side-by-side models because not as much frigid air escapes. Not sure if your fridge can pass the eco-friendly test? Shut the door on a dollar bill—if it slides out easily then it’s a sign the seal needs to be replaced.

Convection ovens. This type of oven uses a fan to drive heat rapidly from source to food so it cooks it 25% faster than a conventional oven.

Natural fabrics. Choose cotton or wool for dining chairs and window dressings because manufactured and synthetic fabrics are made with chemicals that harm the environment.

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