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10 Tips for a Climate-Friendly Kitchen

10 Tips for a Climate-Friendly Kitchen

The Kitchen is truly the heart of the home. It is a place to gather with friends and family over the most basic of necessities – food and water. On average, the kitchen is the place in the home where most water is used. The kitchen is also where we generate the most waste and use a lot of energy. Here are ten tips for making the kitchen an efficient room without losing any of its spirit!

Reduce Energy

1. The refrigerator is one of the top energy users in the kitchen. When replacing a refrigerator, make sure to look for the Energy Star seal. Not only are Energy Star-rated appliances more efficient, they can even qualify for tax deductions!

2. Vacuuming behind the refrigerator every 3 months will keep the coil clean and ensure that your fridge will last as long as possible – which of course prevents unnecessary waste and the production of new refrigerators.

3. When baking in ceramic or glass dishes, reduce the oven temperature by 25 F. The food will still cook in the same amount of time because these materials conduct and retain heat better than metal.

Reduce Waste

4. Purchasing food items in bulk means less packaging, less waste, and fewer trips to the store. Added up, this can also result in financial savings.

5. There is a trash can in every kitchen. Put a recycling bin right next to it to ensure the highest possible recycling rate.

6. Compost food waste. This might seem like a daunting task but it is easier than you think. Place a small caddy in the kitchen to store food scraps discretely. Then, you can either install a large compost bin in your yard or sign up for a compost collection service in your area. Many compost caddies contain a replaceable charcoal filter to absorb any smells – so you’ll forget it’s even there!

Conserve Water

7. Only run the dishwasher when there is a full load.

8. Have a reusable water bottle handy for taking water on-the-go instead of buying disposable plastic bottled water.

9. Install a low flow faucet attachment. This saves water, energy and money, while using less than half what normal aerators use while providing twice the rinsing force!

10. Plan ahead! Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods. Instead, leave them in the fridge overnight.

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