How to Design a Super Smart Energy Efficient Kitchen
Creating a kitchen that hits the spot when it comes to green credentials is something every homeowner should consider. Not only does it help the environment, it also saves on household bills, and negates the need to replace utensils or far more expensive appliances as frequently. So we can agree that green kitchens are a no-brainer. The next step is to find out exactly how you can purposefully design a clever, energy efficient kitchen that still does everything you want it to.
Starting from the top, quite literally if you’re thinking ceiling to floor, lighting plays many roles in the modern kitchen. Designed just right, it will add oomph to any room, highlighting colours and textures, and showcasing those particular features you’re most proud of. The great news is that it can also make a real difference to the efficiency of your energy output. LED and CFL options shine bright, while using a fraction of the energy used by traditional bulbs. Plus, they look extra snazzy when used as up and low lighting.
We have three key words for you here. Low flow taps. Many contemporary kitchens will use these as standard, and thanks to new designs, low flow doesn’t mean you’ll get a mere trickle when you turn the tap. These days they’re designed to keep the water pressure up to where it needs to be, so from your point of view, it works just the same as your average tap. The clever part is the fact that they use up to 60% less water. Now, how about that!
In truth, the choice between gas or electric is a personal one, and the keenest cooks will probably opt for a gas stove. Not only is it easier to control the temperature, it’s also “on” from the moment you turn the dial. But does this make them better for the environment? You could argue this point either way, and of course, ultimately you’ll be consuming power with both. But you should look for a low BTU output if you’re a fan of gas, and opt for electric units with halogen elements if you prefer electric. They heat up quicker and react faster to changes in temperature.
When it comes to the actual cabinets and fancy design features, make sure you’re choosing materials that are renewable, and managed appropriately, especially if you’re selecting certain types of wood. Your expert kitchen designer can give you an insight into this if you’re unsure, so you can plan away without worrying about how your beautiful kitchen will impact the forests!
Finally, consider how you’ll be decking out your kitchen. Big appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers can eat through those watts like nobody’s business. There are however, some great, energy efficient models on the market. Just check out the energy rating on any new purchases before you buy, and repair them if you can when needed, rather than throwing them away. Same goes for your utensils. Quality wins over cheaper, more likely to break versions of your essential tools, meaning less waste, and more money in your back pocket.