|Designing A Green Kitchen|
|If you're craving an eco-friendly kitchen, you'll want to start with choosing the main ingredients — appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting. Today's modern kitchen remains the hearth of your home but with many extra additions — professional cooking and prepping areas, living room, café, office, breakfast nook, wine coolers and more. All these new trimmings have expanded the role of the kitchen and made it a bigger, better, and now greener place for you and your family to enjoy. Now you can create a gorgeous kitchen that's healthier for you, lighter on your wallet and better for the environment.|
|How Green Do You Want To Go?|
|There are many things that go into making a kitchen green, beyond the appliances, countertops, lighting and floors. They are the paints and stains, boxes and drawers and corks and sealants that are used to build your new kitchen.|
Here are some things you might want to think about or at least know about before you start to pick out the products to build your new kitchen.
When it comes to paints, stains and finishes, request that your builder and/or designer uses only water-based products that have no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds that contain carbon) or formaldehyde. If you're using wallpapers, look for eco-friendly products that have low or no VOC used in their compositions and glues.
Before you choose your light fixtures, take advantage of natural light by designing your kitchen with lots of ENERGY STAR windows. A good way to cut down on energy costs is to place workstations like your prep and cleaning areas and cooking islands underneath or near windows. When you choose your lighting, choose fixtures that are energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR approved), use dimmers, motion sensors and timers. Always use fluorescent light bulbs, because they use about 70% less electricity and last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.