When redesigning your kitchen, you may think about how to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and create a sustainable kitchen. Continue reading for three important tips to keep in mind when designing a sustainable kitchen.
Energy Efficient Cooking
The first way to create a sustainable kitchen is to use energy efficient appliances wherever possible. If you plan to purchase new appliances, there are plenty of brands who prioritize energy efficiency to give a positive environmental impact. Look for a natural gas oven or a range with an automatic, electric ignition system. This will save gas since a pilot light is not consistently burning. Electric Induction cooktops and ranges are 30% more efficient than gas. Additionally, they do not through heat into the room the way gas does, which stresses your air conditioning system in the summer months.
In addition to energy efficient appliances, there are many ways you can cook more efficiently on a daily basis. Use smaller appliances such as electric pans, toaster ovens, or convection ovens whenever possible, as they use much less energy than a full-sized oven. There are also multiple built-in ovens available that have high-speed cooking and smaller ovens as a second oven in ranges and wall ovens. If you prefer to use a large oven, make the most of the energy by cooking multiple dishes at the same time by cooking with convections and having the heat circulate for even cooking throughout the oven cavity.
Your bathroom will likely use more water than your kitchen, but there are plenty of easy ways to conserve water when cooking and cleaning. Dishwashers can be more energy efficient than hand-washing, since they use less water. However, there are a few dishwasher water-savings tips to be aware of. First, scrape off large pieces of food off plates; pre-washing is typically only needed for dried-on food. Also, avoid using the “rinse hold” on your dishwasher when it’s not full, as it uses 3-7 gallons per use. Some dishwashers have “top only’ cycles for small loads, or offer a dishwasher drawer with only one rack of dishes. When using the sink, install a motion sensor to control the faucet to save water.
Reduce Food Waste
An energy-efficient refrigerator is essential to a sustainable kitchen, but it is also crucial to reduce food waste wherever possible. To keep your food fresh, it is important to set your fridge and freezer at the right temperature. It is recommended to keep the fresh food compartment at 35-38 degrees, and the freezer at a steady 0 degrees. You can check the temperature by placing an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the fridge and read it after 24 hours. Also, be sure that your fridge doors are sealed airtight, and to regularly defrost manual defrost freezers or refrigerators.
Design Your Dream Kitchen With Design Solutions, Inc.
Design Solutions Inc, located in Annapolis MD, is here to help homeowners throughout the Maryland areas redesign their bathrooms, kitchens, and homes. Want to create a greener home? Ask us about sustainable design for your Maryland home.
Founder, president, and artistic director Joni Zimmerman continues to create and maintain a service and team that meets the needs and exceeds the expectations of the community it serves. Get in touch with us today to begin your redesign journey. Call us today at 410-757-6100 or visit our contact us page to speak with one of our team members.