The emphasis on eco-friendly living is on the rise, with more and more solutions to make our homes more sustainable. So why not start with one of the most used room in your house – your kitchen?
Here are four ideas for a smarter, environment-friendly kitchen, according to the experts.
Use energy-efficient appliances
Is one of your appliances coming to the end of its life? It’s time to shop around for energy-efficient options. ‘Energy Star’ ratings make it easy to compare different models and find the right fit for you.
Houzz recommends checking whether your fridge is airtight; a faulty seal can cost you money and produce excess greenhouse gas emissions. If you’re on the market for a new dishwasher, ensure you pick an efficient model: according to numerous studies, “modern dishwashers can outperform all but the most frugal hand washers.”
And remember, you don’t need to replace all your current appliances at the same time. By maintaining your current appliances in tip-top shape, you can extend their lifespan and keep power and repair costs down.
Sort your waste
A 2017 survey commissioned by Rabobank revealed that, despite a positive attitude towards reducing food waste, New Zealanders throw away on average nearly an eighth of their weekly food purchases. This adds up to $1.8 billion worth of food per year – or $1,071 per household.
“It’s hard to visualise that amount of food, but it’s equivalent to the weight of around 350 Boeing 747 ‘jumbo’ jets or around 29 kilograms per person per year,” said Daryl Johnson, then-CEO of Rabobank.
Like to do something about it? Make sure you have a system in place to sort out your food waste and separate your other recyclables. Plus, as Homestolove.co.nz notes, creating a compost bin can help keep food scraps out of the landfill. There are many options to choose from, including under-bench solutions and indoor Bokashi buckets.
Grow and cook your own food
“For your kitchen to be truly eco-friendly, it has to be a place that encourages you to cook,” Houzz writes. “Food processing and packing create greenhouse gas emissions, plastic waste and environmental pollution. By cooking at home, you are able to help minimise this.”
From having an organised pantry with lots of recycled-glass jars through to growing your own herbs and greens, an eco-friendly kitchen has everything you need to produce less plastic waste.
Clean the world
Natural cleaning products are formulated to reduce waterway pollution, and perhaps not least importantly, avoid spreading chemicals in your home.
For extra savings, you can even create your own green cleaning kit. Homestolove.co.nz recommends stocking your cupboards with white vinegar, salt, baking soda, lemons – all ingredients you need to mix up a number of different eco-friendly cleaning solutions.
Looking for a “sustainable” mortgage?
These are just some quick ideas on how to achieve a sustainable kitchen. While we can’t help you put these tips into practice, we can work with you to ensure that your mortgage structure is sustainable now and in the long run. Please get in touch with our team at Mortgage Link to learn more.
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