No matter what color you plan to paint your kitchen, you can "green it
up" with energy efficient and sustainable products. You can make smart
choices for that next kitchen project. "With a few simple steps,
homeowners can turn a kitchen renovation into a green renovation. These
upgrades can significantly reduce utility bills while looking great for
years to come."
- Average life-span: 13 years.
Energy-efficient fridges only save about $6-$9 a year over other models
you can buy because these appliances are much more efficient than they
used to be. However, you can save more than $100 a year replacing a
fridge 10 years and older.
- Average life span: 9 years.
Energy StarŪ-rated models use 41 % less energy than other dishwashers,
saving up to $90 over the product's life. However, when replacing older
dishwashers, homeowners immediately reduce their energy bills by $30 a
- Average life span: 9 years
People know that microwaves can cook much faster than conventional
ovens. But, they also can use up to 80 % less energy. While microwaves
are not appropriate for all cooking, using them can save time and money.
- Average life span: 13-15 years.
Gas burners use 55 % of the energy produced compared to 65% for electric
cook tops. Consider induction cooking, which uses 90% of all energy
produced. When choosing ovens, convection ovens can save up to 20 % on
energy use compared to non-convection models. Additionally,
self-cleaning ovens tend to have more insulation, making them more
efficient as well.
- Average life span: 50 years.
Consider recycled or reclaimed wood when replacing cabinets.
Particleboard offers another economically and environmentally friendly
alternative - though it can be less durable than solid wood products.
- Average life span: lifetime of home.
Counters come in all shapes and sizes, but recycled glass and concrete
have a great modern look and give these old materials a second chapter.
Many of these same products also work as tiles for your kitchen.
Average life span: 10 years to lifetime.
Carpeting only lasts up to 10 years and linoleum up to 25 years, while
wood floors last a lifetime. Consider using renewable flooring like cork
or bamboo. These flooring options offer easy maintenance with a
long-lasting natural look for your kitchen.
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