How to Make Your New Kitchen Eco Friendly
How to Make Your New Kitchen Eco Friendly
Eco-Friendly Lancaster Kitchen Remodeling Helps The Environment And Your Wallet
Making your Lancaster kitchen remodeling project eco-friendly doesn’t have to be hard. However, for most homeowners, hearing the term eco-friendly can cause stress. While it’s true that it may seem difficult, new technologies have made eco-friendly kitchens easier than ever before.
Many homeowners consider an eco-friendly kitchen to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. However, going green has more immediate and practical benefits, such as lower energy bills. These benefits coupled with the simplicity of construction makes an eco-friendly kitchen a no-brainer for your next home remodeling project.
Here are some unique ways to build the eco-friendly kitchen of your dreams.
Use Eco-Friendly Materials
The beginning of any great eco-friendly kitchen remodeling project starts with the materials.
Are the materials you choose using harmful chemical compounds? Or can the materials you choose be made from recycled material, thus reducing the stress on the earth’s resources and environment?
Here are some tips and tricks to help your material selection for your kitchen remodel.
Select Cabinets Made With Non-Toxic Chemicals
Did you know that many kitchen cabinets are made with a formaldehyde-based resin? Formaldehyde is a highly toxic chemical that has been banned or heavily restricted in many states and countries.
Unfortunately, it’s still possible to get a set of cabinetry finished with harmful chemical compounds like formaldehyde.
When selecting cabinetry for your Lancaster kitchen remodel, make sure to get materials that are not made with formaldehyde-based resin.
In addition to your new cabinetry, certain countertop materials can introduce toxic chemicals to your home. Luckily, there’s an innovative solution to avoid unwanted health risks in your new kitchen.
Sustainably-Sourced Countertop Materials
Here are some great materials to consider for your kitchen’s new countertops:
- Paperstone – As the name suggests, this material is made from recycled paper! It uses a petroleum-free resin for its finish.
- IceStone – With an extremely high amount of glass bottles and material thrown into landfills and recycling centers on a daily basis, IceStone seeks to reduce this waste. Why not use these recyclables for long-lasting items such as a kitchen countertop? Their finish is always stunning and beautiful!
- Durat – While it is designed in Europe, it is also manufactured in the US. Durat uses plastic as its main source for the eventual countertop surface finish.
- Reclaimed wood – As the name suggests, countertops made from reclaimed wood are an excellent and aesthetically pleasing way to have a sustainable kitchen countertop with resourced and reclaimed material.
Consider Induction Cooktops
The reason why induction cooking stops are incredibly eco-friendly is that they require no natural gas. They also use less electricity than a traditional electric stovetop – reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Couple this reduction with the fact that they give off less heat, and they’re an excellent choice for an eco-friendly kitchen.
While they are a bit pricier, induction stovetops pay dividends in their amazing benefits.
Reduce Water Usage
There are many ways to reduce water usage in your kitchen to help create a more sustainable space. Some options include low-flow faucets that regulate the amount of water dispensed. Using air pressure or fewer openings, less water is wasted from your faucet. Amazingly, low-flow faucets won’t impact your water pressure – so you can still clean, fill pots, and wash your hands with ease.
Implementing a greywater system is a truly innovative way to go green and eco-friendly with your Lancaster kitchen remodel. The greywater system uses otherwise dirty water that would go down your faucet and puts it to use in a garden or landscaping outside.
While the greywater system does involve some infrastructure to get up and running, it pays off in the end – it’s truly a model in the eco-friendly world of kitchen remodeling.
Install Energy-Efficient Appliances
No kitchen would be complete without appliances. While appliances aren’t necessarily construction-related, they are a vital part of the kitchen remodeling process.
Most eco-friendly kitchen experts recommend ENERGY STAR appliances to their customers. From refrigerators and dishwashers, to smaller appliances like microwaves and toasters, a well-rated appliance can make a big difference in the long run.
MBC Remodeling Can Build You A Sustainable Kitchen
If you are looking for a Lancaster, PA, kitchen remodel, look no further than MBC remodeling to help you with your eco-friendly new kitchen.