Being eco-conscious can be a full time job. It's hard to keep on top of things sometimes; and when it comes to the home, there are so many opportunities to accidentally be bad for the environment. Kitchen appliances can be guilty parties.
There are all sorts of ways to make your kitchen Eco-friendly. If you're thinking of a bit of a revamp, or wondering about replacing some old manky tiles, there are options that leave you less to feel guilty about.
Our favourite is anything recycled. There's so much stuff to make the kitchen look great that doesn't hurt the earth. We are loving recycled glass dinnerware and bowls made from bamboo.
Floors can be made from renewable materials, like cork, and they're not too costly so there's no excuse for not having an eco-friendly kitchen these days.
The appliances are where it gets difficult. Because of the size of them, cookers and similar items really make an impact on the way your kitchen looks. Plus, it's not easy to find versions that don't consume loads of energy.
That's why the eco-savvy go for AAA rated gear for the kitchen. Something like a Smeg DI6SS dish washer has this high energy rating - which is 10% more than the A rating - which helps out with saving the planet. Plus, it's taking a little something off your energy bill. That's always nice.
It's a common misconception that keeping an old, battered but still working washing machine is better for the environment than getting a new one. This just isn't true. Old appliances need a great deal more energy to function. Not only is that expensive for you, but your carbon footprint is going to get bigger every time you put a wash on.
Fridge Freezers make the biggest impact on your bill. In the entire home, they account for about 20% of your total electricity used. If you want to make an eco-revamp on your kitchen, the fridge freezer should be your first port of call. Shop around for newer models with that AAA rating and get that energy bill down.
Getting hold of a new washing machine with an A or above energy rating will save you a lot more in energy costs. Plus, there are so many vendors now who will pick up your old machine when they deliver the new one. They then take it away to be recycled; so everybody wins.
If you're not looking to splash out on a big item yet, you
can get hold of eco-friendly kettles and toasters and take your old ones to an
electrical recycling centre.
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