A huge amount of emphasis is now on becoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly within the home. We need to do all we can to ensure electricity bills and energy bills drop too. Having these added incentives give us a reason to improve our home.
Now the ?Green Deal? is in full flow in the United Kingdom we should be looking to improve our home in any way we can ? the kitchen is somewhere we should be doing this in. In today?s article I will give you 5 Eco-friendly kitchen improvements we can all afford, that will not only help to reduce our carbon footprint but also help decrease our bills too.
Recycling and separating waste
This technique will not actually save you any money however it won?t cost you anything either. Instead of having to install anything or change the look of your home, or even have renovations. We can all do this one, no matter where we live in the UK we will be all very familiar with the colour coded recycling bins for different waste products. Spending a little bit of time to separate your waste and dispose of it correctly will contribute to your community hitting local recycling targets and reduce the amount of waste across the county.
By simply taking the time to separate things such as cardboard, paper, waste food and all sorts of other items will contribute nationally and locally to a better environment. One good tip for reusing your waste is to create your own compost heap with your food waste; this can take around 6 months before use but is a good idea if you?re a keen gardener.
Making kitchen repairs
In the kitchen and any other part of the home, one of the main reasons for waste on energy bills is because repairs have not been made. Your homes energy bills and water bills can be higher than they need to be if you have problems such as leaks in the kitchen. This is one for the DIY lover, a good chance to save some money without spending either.
By simply getting the correct sized wrench you can adjust pipes to ensure you are not wasting any water. Another common problem can be windows not being sealed properly allowing heat to leave your home and also the cold to enter? Checking for any cracks and resealing can save money on heating bills.
You may also have waste pipes from your ovens or sinks, if so you need to ensure the holes are properly sealed for the same reasons.
Installing energy saving light bulbs
This is something that hopefully most home owners are already doing. However if you are not I cannot understand why. Do you know how much better an energy efficient light bulb is then the standard one?
In fact an energy efficient light bulb lasts as long as ten years longer and along with this also uses between 70%-75% less energy in its lifetime. So in reality we are not having to change the bulb nearly as many times, which is saving us money but we?re also ensuring that we are becoming more energy efficient in the home and the kitchen. This is something I would definitely advise you doing in the kitchen because of the amount of time being spent in it. We need to save as much money on energy bills as we possibly can.
Energy saving kitchen appliances
The kitchen is probably the most packed room in the home, filled with different appliances, using both electricity and also water. With this in mind we need to think about how we are using them. When it comes to actually replacing appliances or redesigning your kitchen look for ones with the highest possible energy efficiency rating. They are usually around the same price and will save you a lot of money in the long run, what more could you ask for?
There are many appliances you can buy that are energy efficient such as:
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The way we use these appliances contributes to your carbon footprint too. In fact by simply turning your washing machine down onto a 30?C instead of its usual will help save money, think about filling the dishwasher fully before use too.
Is your home properly insulated?
The ?Green Deal? something I have wrote about on many different occasions. Something that I think is a great idea by the government, as I touched on before it is now up and running in the UK. The Green Deal allows us to make energy efficient home improvements, without having to pay it all off in one go.
Although ensuring your home is properly insulated is not just a kitchen improvement it is one that I feel I still have to mention. By properly insulating your home you could be saving as much as 10% on your energy bills annually. So why wouldn?t you want to do so? This is one of the many improvements we can have done to our home from the Green Deal and I urge you all to check it out now.
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