With the modern day pushing for an eco-friendly ethos there is a certain amount of pressure for people to be greener. Whether it’s recycling or buying energy saving appliances, there’s a number of ways you can be more environmentally friendly. Going green in the kitchen is one way of helping the environment and saving money. An eco-friendly kitchen doesn’t just mean eating green; it means energy efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials and avoiding any toxic chemicals. The following tips offer a few ideas of how you could be greener in your kitchen:
A good starting point is to choose appliances that are going to have a long life, this is good practice regardless of whether you want to be green or not as it will save you money. Stainless steel or cast iron both help to lengthen the life of utensils and appliances. Although it might seem like a bit of an investment at the time you will inevitably save money in the long term. Similarly, opt for sturdy utensils and long lasting towels over kitchen roll.
Try to avoid buying pre-prepared, frozen foods or vegetables. Preparing such meals yourself will help you hone you’re cooking skills and save you money. Many meals are made to be frozen and reheated and will not experience any loss in taste or quality. There is no need to thaw or rehydrate frozen and dehydrated foods when you can just cook fresh, you’ll have better results and save energy that would have otherwise been wasted on defrosting.
When it comes to buying a cooker it can often be hard to choose between gas and electric. From a cooking perspective a lot of people prefer gas as it is far easier to control the temperature, also it offers instant heat and doesn’t waste energy when it’s done. It is more than likely that the price and lifestyle will determine what stove you choose, probably the greenest choice you can make is to choose one that you will be able to live with for a decade or more. This will save on materials and resources.
Energy efficient appliances can often prove to be an effective way to save energy and therefore money too. For example, an energy efficient dishwasher can use a lot less water than washing the dishes by hand in the sink. However, before you begin buying new appliances you should check that a repair isn’t in order, and if the time has come for you to get new appliances then make sure you dispose of your old ones properly; many communities have take back programs for this type of thing.