Elements of a Green Kitchen
Kitchens get an eco-friendly boost from energy-efficient appliances, water-saving fixtures and improvements in indoor air quality.
While going green in the kitchen will save you money on energy costs, eco-friendly products have a reputation for being expensive, frumpy and difficult to find.
The good news: Earth-friendly products are available in a wider range of styles and costs than ever before, letting you go any shade of green you desire.
Kitchens are the energy hog of the home, thanks to the refrigerator, which is second only to heating and cooling equipment in energy use. Throw in ovens, cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves and other small appliances, and you can see how a kitchen can cook up most of your energy bill.
Decreasing energy use is not the only way to make your kitchen green. You can also create an eco-kitchen by improving indoor air quality; using materials made from recycled or rapidly renewable resources; and by choosing countertops, cabinets, flooring and finishes with low environmental impact.
The easiest way to go green is to boot energy-gobbling appliances. If you're thinking of renovating, consider complying with green building standards, such as the EPA's Energy Star or the Department of Energy's Building America, which are 30 percent to 70 percent more efficient than regular code. A green kitchen remodel won't bring your entire home up to green standards, but it will noticeably fatten your wallet.
Strategies for Going Green
From improving indoor air quality to decreasing energy costs, we've got the ideas you need to get your green kitchen now.
Simple Ways to Go Green in the Kitchen
You don't have to remodel your kitchen to make it eco-friendly. Here are five easy ways to get a green kitchen now.
How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Go green and follow these easy design tips to create an affordable, stylish and eco-friendly kitchen.
Elements of a Green Bathroom
See how an eco-friendly design and green bathroom products can save you energy and money.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
A few simple changes can save you big money. Check out our tips for energy proofing your home.
Tips for Going Green in the Bathroom
Follow these energy- and water-conservation tips to create the greenest bath around.
Stylish Energy-Efficient Bath Lighting
Energy codes and utility bills are making energy efficient lighting a must, even in today's spa-like baths. Products now hitting the market are both functional and fashionable.
5 Simple Ways to Go Green in the Bath
Discover five easy tips on greening your bathroom, from organic linens to water-saving fixtures.
All About Green Building Materials
Learn about different types of eco-friendly bricks, blocks and other building materials.
Tips on Increasing Attic-Insulation Efficiency
Houses can lose a lot of heat through the attic space. Find out how much insulation should be in an attic and get some tips about this easy upgrade.
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