The Green Kitchen Guide


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The Green Kitchen Guide

  1. 1. The Green Kitchen Guide
  2. 2. The Green Kitchen GuideTable of Content: Benefits Key Ideas Appliances The Payoff Resources
  3. 3. IntroductionThe way we live in and use our houses has changed forever. Without adoubt, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in our homes. Withso much attention on sustainability, it is important that we build this spacewith the environment in mind.Energy consumption and bad ventilation are among the most importantchallenges we face in the modern kitchen. Because of the amount ofappliances we use, kitchens tend to be the most energy intensive spaces inmost UK households.Following our recommendations will help you to create a kitchen that is bothenvironmentally friendly and energy efficient.Image via Colby Fagin on Pinterest
  4. 4. Benefits One of the benefits of running an efficient kitchen is the impact it has on your carbon footprint. There are also several other advantages to making your kitchen more sustainable:  Energy savings as a result of less use of power and a better use of natural light  Health benefits that come with having a brighter, airier working space  Contributing to an environmentally friendly planet  Reduces waste going into landfill sites  Make us more aware of the benefits of making ‘green’ choices in the futureImage via pinmarklet on Pinterest
  5. 5. Key Ideas Whether you’re having a new kitchen fitted or making your old one more sustainable, following these tips can make the process much easier:  Insulate your kitchen walls and floors  Install your work surfaces near a natural source of light. Cooking in the daylight will save electricity  Consider swapping your hot water tank for a boiler – this way, water will be heated only when you need it, as opposed to staying hot the all the time  Use your windows more often - they are the most efficient method of airing the room  Use artificial light only when necessary and install efficient, energy saving light bulbs  Use eco-friendly washing up liquidImage via pinmarklet on Pinterest  Divide your rubbish for recycling and composting  Compare gas and electricity prices and search for offers
  6. 6. Appliances Fridges and freezers are among the least energy efficient appliances in our households. When replacing your old appliances you should keep in mind:  Energy efficiency - A++ appliances are up 40% more energy efficient than the average appliance - A+++ appliances are up to 60% more energy efficient than the average appliance  Water efficiency - Modern dishwashers use less water and less energy to heat that water - Find out more about water saving habits  Durability of the applianceImage via pinmarklet on Pinterest  Reliability of the appliance
  7. 7. Appliances There are a few ways you can make your old fridge and freezer work more efficiently:  Place it away from the direct sunlight or any other source of heat, such as a radiator or the oven  Keep your freezer full. It is easier to cool solid food than empty space. Fill bottles with some water and put them into your freezer if necessary  Let food cool down before putting it into the fridge  Set the right temperature: 3-5 °C for the fridge; -15 °C for the freezer  Leave some space between appliances and kitchen walls to allow space for air to circulate around the coils at the back of the applianceImage via pinmarklet on Pinterest  Check the door seal on your fridge and make sure it works properly. A broken seal might force the fridge to use even more electricity
  8. 8. The PayoffMaking your kitchen more energy efficient does more than just reduce yourcarbon footprint. It also saves you money on your gas and electricity bills.According to The Energy Saving Trust, you could reduce your electricity andgas bills by 43%, depending on the shape, size and features of your kitchen.Image via Dick Stroud via Pinterest
  9. 9. Resources: o Green Home Guide o Energy Saving Trust o Green Kitchen