Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Green Living in your Kitchen

Many people begin their quest for living green by changing their diet. While this is a wonderful first step, the room where your food is prepared is a next important step in the process of making your home, and therefore your life, environmentally healthy.

One of the easiest and most logical green choices you can make in your kitchen, is the stocking of utensils and cookware that will last for years instead of days or months. Disposables should be left to catch dust on store shelves (maybe that way the manufacturers will produce less and less!). Choosing the most lasting of materials for your
kitchen means you need to invest in stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans. While Teflon is great and easy to clean, it also lasts a much shorter length of time. (This is not to mention the debate over whether its surface is hazardous to human health, or not.) Also, cups and
utensils should be chosen for quality as well. Wooden spoons will rot over time, plastic will turn or melt. You should choose high quality metal utensils. Your knives may be one of the most expensive investments in your cuisine, but you will appreciate their use and lasting quality when you are able to simply sharpen them by hand.

The heat you use to prepare your food can either be from electric or gas, as both are arguably equally detrimental to the environment (as they both have their source of fuel from fossil fuels). If you are going with gas, you should shop for a lower BTU output stove (as it is more energy efficient). If you choose electricity to heat your enchiladas, you should look at the newer induction elements. These are the most efficient of stoves and use the transfer of electromagnetic energy directly to your cooking pan. This leaves your stove top
absolutely cool. This is not only a safety bonus, but it does not overheat your kitchen (which leads to you using less energy to cool your home).

While you may be all gung ho about converting your cooking space into a den of green friendly appliances, you will not want to go out and buy a new dishwasher, trash compactor, etc. unless your old one is ready to be recycled. Waste not, want not. If it is time to bid your current appliances farewell, then you are going to want to replace them with the most energy efficient models on the market (within your financial means). There are dishwashers that use so little water that they even beat out washing by hand. Look for the Energy Star rating of appliances when shopping. It will tell you, beyond hype, just how energy efficient your appliance is.

When it comes to your food, you should buy local and buy in bulk. This helps support your local community and also keeps you from making unnecessary trips up and down the highway wasting valuable natural resources. Also, when cooking, you should cook in bulk. This will save you time and energy in the future by simply freezing the excess food for another day.

Good luck in all of your green endeavors!