How To Go Green In Your Kitchen
Energy conscious thinking is beginning to take root and produce results across the country. As neighborhoods all over our nation institute programs designed to make it easier to reduce waste, conserve energy, recycle products, and limit emissions. Individual efforts have increased as well, with families everywhere adjusting their lifestyles to preserve our resources and environment.
Your kitchen is a great place to broaden and expand your efforts to go green. So much home time is spent in this room, that implementing small changes in your routine can have a big environmental impact. Using energy saving tools, such as, green cookware, re-usable containers, and aerators, reduce waste and conserve electricity and water, while saving you money, and are great ways to help keep our planet healthy and green.
Buying in bulk is not only less expensive, but it also conserves energy and raw materials. Choosing a family sized product as opposed to individually wrapped servings generates less trash and requires less energy to produce. Yogurt, crackers, or cereal, purchased in large serving quantities cost less, and can be transferred to smaller re-useable airtight containers at home, keeping the products perfectly fresh.
Transfer those savings toward your paper products. Recycled materials used in items, like toilet paper, paper towels, and disposable napkins, and the green production process often cause their costs to be a little higher than other non-green items. However, you can apply your bulk purchasing savings to offset this additional amount, supporting green manufacturing industries.
Energy Saving Products
A faucet aerator is a great, inexpensive way to save money by conserving your water consumption. This inexpensive item, most cost under three dollars, can save over 2 gallons of water per day, paying for itself after the first month of use.
You can re-use certain food scraps by building or buying a compost bin. Specially constructed bins that prevent odors are available for purchase if you lack an outdoor area, and fit perfectly in the kitchen. Composting reduces the amount of trash in landfills, plus, your houseplants or garden space will bloom brighter for the treatment.
Perhaps one of the most significant changes you can make, involves using green cookware. Innovative new products, such as 360-degree cookware, have been green manufactured and re-define old cooking methods that require large amounts of heat.
The green manufacturing process utilizes renewable energy sources like solar or wind power for production, and requires that recycled materials are used during the packing and shipping process.
Green cookware is scientifically designed to perform superior cooking methods, using less heat. Engineered and fabricated to distribute heat evenly, it requires lesser amounts of energy to reach and maintain a constant temperature. Foods cook faster and better, at lower heat settings. Because the cookware creates a little oven, you can even bake foods on the stovetop, preventing the oven from heating an entire room, which cause the A/C to kick on, etc.
With a few simple purchasing style changes and energy saving additions, you can go green in your kitchen, doing your part to reduce, re-use, and recycle