So what IS an ecologically friendly kitchen? An eco kitchen is friendlier to our shared environment because it consumes less resources to build, operate and maintain than today’s typical conventional kitchens. Renewable resources are used to build it, and the use of artificial materials is minimized. An eco-kitchen will use less fossil fuel energy to power appliances, and if possible it uses more renewable energy such as solar or biomass. A typical conventional kitchen can be evolved into an eco-kitchen over time; or a new kitchen can be built so that it is ecologically friendlier from the start. Because the word ‘kitchen’ is defined as ‘a room where food is prepared’, the term ‘eco-kitchen’ does not include a focus on the types of foods prepared.
Why Join the Eco Kitchen Evolution?
- Adding super-efficient conventional appliances will certainly reduce your electric bills and provide ongoing monthly savings. If you have to replace an old appliance anyway, over time, super-efficient appliances can pay for themselves.
- Having on hand and incorporating energy independent innovative appliances will reduce your reliance on distributed energy from your electric company. Even if area power lines are down, innovative appliances will provide vital aspects of disaster preparedness – the ability to cook, boil water, bake, maintain refrigeration and pump water.
- If you are considering solar for your home, it’s highly recommended to first do appliance efficiency upgrades, and also any needed home weatherization such as attic insulation, double pane windows, and door seals. This will reduce the total number of solar panels needed to power your home.
- The altruistic reason to evolve an eco-kitchen is to reduce your kitchen’s contribution to fossil fuel emissions, natural resource depletion, chemical pollution and landfill waste. New eco-kitchens are built to be sufficient in size but not an excessive size. New and remodeled eco kitchens incorporate design trends which use less natural resources, less toxic materials, more recycled building materials, and more sustainably harvested products.
- Last but not least: it’s a fun process to create an eco-kitchen!
We hope you will join the eco kitchen evolution!
Image: ElleDecor.com; 55 INSPIRING SMALL KITCHENS YOU’LL ABSOLUTELY FALL IN LOVE WITH, kitchen #26; Designed by Gert Wingardh, this Swedish kitchen’s custom countertops and shelving are birch, the oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau and the antique stove in the foreground is original to the house.