Green Kitchen Tips To Make Your Kitchen Healthier & More Energy Efficient
HGTV Magazine @HGTVMag Twitter
With everything eco-friendly, healthy and organic on the rise, a green kitchen is definitely something to work toward. These easy tips will help set you in the right direction towards making your kitchen greener.
Cookware & Utensils
When it comes to cookware and utensils, aim to purchase something that is going to last long time. Think about it as an investment. Go for stainless steel or cast iron products, and buy higher end utensils instead of using wood or plastic. Use cloth towels that are long-lasting instead of paper towels.
Most of the new appliances out now are energy-efficient or have an energy-efficient option. When looking for new appliances, check for ones that have the Energy Star rating. If you need to get rid of old appliances, look into take-back programs that will help you to properly dispose of the appliances. Tip! Using a dishwasher has been shown to be more efficient than hand washing because it uses a lot less water.
If your kitchen needs an upgrade, look for reclaimed materials or natural, eco-friendly materials such as recycled paper, bamboo and cork.
For small dishes, try using a toaster oven or a microwave instead of the oven. You can reduce energy by 80% when using a microwave instead of the oven! Another great way to cook is using pressure cookers – not only will it cut down cooking time by 70% but it’s also another great way to save energy.
Clean with Green Products
When it comes to cleaning products for your kitchen, look for products that are non-toxic, biodegradable and plant-based, which are healthier for you and the environment.
Free to join! Get the hottest fashion, beauty and celebrity news, enter exclusive subscriber giveaways and be the first to receive the full digital version of REAL STYLE magazine every month.