Greening Your KitchenThe modern kitchen is not only a place where food is prepared but also where the whole family gathers – so it should be strategically designed to be a healthy and eco-friendly space. There are many ways to make your kitchen healthier for your family and the planet. From lighting to interior finishes, the kitchen is packed with opportunities to optimize form and function while minimizing its environmental impact.

Save money and the planet with these tips:

Use Your Dishwasher Efficiently – Dishwashers and clothes washers are most efficient when they are run fully loaded. You’ll use up to 35% less water by doing a full load of dishes, and prevent energy waste from water heating.

Power Down – Put electronics such as microwaves and coffee makers on a power strip and turn it off when you are not using it.

Reduce your Waste – Think green before tossing something into the trash. Approximately 70% of all household and yard waste can be composted or recycled. Find out if your community has a green waste or recycling program.

Use Energy Star® – Energy Star products help you save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The government’s Energy Star label is on more than 40 different kinds of products for the home, such as lighting and appliances.

Eat and Shop Locally – When you buy from local food producers, you reduce your family’s carbon footprint and help local businesses.

Cabinets – Cabinetry is the greatest source of formaldehyde emissions in the home. If you are considering a home renovation, opt-in for formaldehyde-free adhesives and solvent-free stains or coatings.

Change a light bulb – Replace the bulbs in your kitchen with LED or CFL light bulbs and save energy and money.

Glenn Wright, RHI

Registered Home Inspector