Green Your Kitchen

Going green isn’t only the best way to help the environment; it also can save you money. Many people are trying to make their house more energy efficient, but often times neglect the kitchen because they don’t realize the myriad of options available to them.

The biggest energy user in the kitchen is the refrigerator. One surefire way to lessen your refrigerators thirst for energy is to buy a smaller one. If your refrigerator is not being filled up it is wasting energy cooling off the empty space. A smaller refrigerator that is packed to the brim will use less energy. Also, the type you buy can make a difference. Energy Star models use 10 to 50 percent less energy than comparable models.

Beyond appliances, your counter tops can become environmentally friendly too. All the energy used to mine the rocks for most traditional counter tops could be saved if you buy a recycled countertop. There are manufacturers that make countertops in an assortment of different colors by mixing recycled glass and concrete. These countertops are both stylish and unique.

Finally, your stove can be a horrible energy waster. When your coil stove heats up it not only cooks your food, but transfers heat energy to everything around it. If you use an induction stove, you can save a lot of energy by only transferring heat to your pot or pan on top.

Going green in the kitchen isn’t always easy to do, but it is rewarding in many ways. With these options, you can green up your kitchen easily.

-M. Germaine Parra
Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838

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