Green Kitchen Remodeling
As the world came into the next century, people began to take a harder look at the way we all treat the environment; and a new an unexpected trend began to emerge: Going Green. This has been reflected in every part of our lives, from Green cleaning products to a renewed interest in reusable diapers, to the new popularity of hybrid cars and bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, and even in the world of home remodeling.
When it comes to kitchens, remodeling in an eco-friendly way can be particularly rewarding. Eco-friendly appliances save money in the long run by using much less energy and water. Just look for the ‘Energy Star’ label on an appliance and take a look at the watts of power used per year on the model. Aspen Kitchens Inc. has the latest designs and licensed contractors to help your green kitchen plans come to fruition.
Kitchen flooring has also undergone a Green revolution. The resource of bamboo is highly renewable, but it is also extremely durable and low maintenance. This, coupled with its resistance to water damage from spills and its beauty, have made it an ideal source for flooring not just in the kitchen but throughout homes.
Almost everyone uses florescent lights in the home – there are now Energy Star versions of those as well! A very inexpensive way to reduce one’s carbon footprint is to replace old fluorescents lights with new, Energy Star ones. Let’s say an electric company charged 12 cents per Kilowatt-hour. The use of just ONE energy-efficient 60-watt light for 8 hours a day, create an annual savings of $16.47. Just for ONE light bulb! Multiply that amount by the number of lights in a typical kitchen and home and the cost savings is monumental.
How about water conservation? Now a lot of model come with a ‘drip free’ function and are motion-activated, so germy hands never touch the faucet. With the elimination of drips and the fact that the water won’t run when hands are not under the spigot, the water conservation can really add up.
The Green Revolution is all around us, and the world of kitchen remodeling is no exception. By implementing Green trends, homeowners can enjoy environmentally friendly kitchens that are also stylish and functional, improving our lives and the world we live in at the same time.
Call the professionals at Aspen Kitchens Inc. to begin your green kitchen journey today!