5 Tips for a Greener Kitchen Remodel

| 4/22/2015 9:52:00 AM

Tags: Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot, kitchen remodel, South Carolina,


The main goals of an environmentally friendly kitchen remodel should be to reduce energy use, reuse or recycle materials, and minimize the carbon footprint of your project. To achieve this, keep the following five tips in mind while planning and purchasing your new kitchen. You’ll be guaranteed a greener, cleaner kitchen.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Reduce the use of new materials by reusing where possible and recycling when not. Cabinet doors can be upcycled into a new desk, serving trays for your new kitchen, or any number of other inventive uses

Old flooring, if carefully removed, can be put to good use in a shed or tree house. Get creative and don’t throw materials away until you’re sure there are no ways you can repurpose them. If you can’t find a use, dispose of them properly. Many municipalities offer appliance-recycling services, or consider donating still-working appliances to local non-profits.

Consider Energy Use

Choosing Energy Star rated appliances is the easy part when it comes to saving energy in a kitchen remodel, but what about the products that aren’t rated? Ovens and stovetops, for example, don’t receive Energy Star certification, but that doesn’t mean they are all equal when it comes to energy use. This post gives a rundown on the best options for saving energy while cooking. And don’t forget about the smaller built-in appliances that often get replaced in a remodel. The range hood is literally an energy sucker — taking warm or cool air out of the home while it’s operating. Select an Energy Star rated range hood to reduce this energy drain, and make sure to use energy-saving LED bulbs in this and any other appliance that requires lighting.

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