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How to create an eco-friendly & efficient kitchen
Written By: Ben Reid
We’re all aware of the environmental issues our planet is beginning to struggle with. It’s time we take some responsibility, minimise our carbon footprint, reduce our use of toxins and help protect the planet.
In this article, we’re going to focus on key areas of your kitchen that can make a positive impact on the environment.
The materials used in your kitchen play a huge part on the environment. Think about your appliances, are they made from long-lasting, recyclable stainless steel? And what about your cupboard doors? Are they made from FSC® certified wood? If not, this could be an easy start to an eco-friendly kitchen, and we’ll explain why. FSC® certified wood comes from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources, so you can be assured that by choosing FSC® certified doors, you’re helping protect the environment.
At Happy Doors, we are committed to sourcing and promoting sustainable management of forests, that’s why we stock and sell an extensive range of FSC® certified replacement kitchen doors.
Energy efficient appliances
As technology has advanced over the years, many appliances have become more energy efficient. From fridges, freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers to kettles, microwaves, toasters and more, make sure you’re looking out for those A+ ‘energy efficient’ labels. Not only can you become eco-friendly by purchasing energy efficient appliances, the way you use them contributes too. Here are a few tips to get the most from your kitchen appliances.
Always put a full load into your dishwasher, tumble dryer and washing machine to make the most of your water usage
Make sure your tumble dryer is working efficiently by checking the filters are fluff-free
Wash clothes at 30°C as modern washing powders and detergents work just as well at low temperatures
Defrost your freezer regularly as too much ice can stop them working efficiently
Green cleaning products
Cleaning products can contribute to your ecological footprint massively and many cleaners contain harmful chemicals which can hurt the ecosystem around you. Switching over to a range of eco-friendly cleaning products is a great way to make your home greener as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
This isn’t just a tip for the kitchen, your whole house can benefit from switching to LED lighting. Typically, LED lights use around 85% less energy than an equivalent halogen bulb. All in all, switching to LED lights will not only help cut your carbon footprint, but reduce your electricity bills too!
To wrap things up
There are many other changes you can make to your kitchen to become an eco-friendly and energy efficient household. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our kitchen experts, contact us today, we’d be happy to help.