How energy efficient is your home? And more specifically, how energy efficient is your kitchen? It might sound like an odd question, but when it comes to home energy performance, a kitchen upgrade is one of the best methods to save on.
Whether or not you are seeking to do a complete remodel for your kitchen upgrade or just seeking to save some money and energy, here are five tips to keep in mind when dealing with the energy efficiency of your kitchen.
Start with Energy Efficient Items
Light is one of the greatest sources to look at when trying to save energy. Check the light bulbs throughout your kitchen and see where you can replace standard bulbs with compact florescent bulbs. You could potentially save up to thirty percent on your energy usage.
Also, check your appliances. Are they as energy efficient as you need them to be? If you are upgrading, make certain to upgrade using Energy Star appliances.
Utilize Natural Ventilation
Rather than using an in-the-wall unit for air conditioning, why not use ceiling fans? Ceiling fans circulate air naturally and may be able to keep you comfortable. If you are doing a home remodel, consider the strategic placement of windows so that an even flow of air gets in and out, as well.
Use the Grill during Off-Seasons
Most people typically associate grilling season with summer. And then there are others outside with the umbrella over their heads or the snow boots on their feet. You will save quite a bit of money if you have a fun spirit and a charcoal barbeque. Grilling is something you can do in fall and in spring and – if you are daring – in winter, as well.
With so many recipes for grilling, you are never at a loss to cook up something new or to revisit an older recipe.
Use cabinets that do not utilize formaldehyde, purchase flooring that comes from easily renewable sources such as bamboo. Bamboo is a fast growing plant that is easy to replace and regrow. Cork is another good option for flooring - with some individuals even utilizing cork for their walls.
Let the Sun Shine In
While skylights were all the rage and a luxury a few decades ago, they just make sense now. Skylights let in natural sunlight and help you save energy and money as well. Another great way to let the sun shine in is to install some floor to ceiling windows in your new kitchen. This works especially well if your kitchen faces the back of your home and privacy is not a concern. Even patio doors leading to the patio or deck will make for loads of natural sunlight to enter into your kitchen so that you don’t have to turn all the lights on all the time.
So, by utilizing what Mother Nature gave you and by incorporating some other eco-friendly tips, you can have a more energy efficient kitchen in no time.
What will you do to make your kitchen more energy efficient? For more information you can check out the Energy Star website at www.energystar.gov.
Posted March 15, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.