Whether you’re designing a completely new kitchen or simple remodeling your existing one, choosing eco-friendly appliances is important. Not only do energy-efficient appliances lower you energy bills, but they also reduce your impact on the environment.
When selecting a refrigerator, choose an appliance that meets your needs in terms of size. A fridge that’s too small will have to work harder to keep food cold while it’s packed full. Buy too large of a fridge, and you’ll be paying to cool empty space.
Both gas and electric cooktops have environmental impacts, since most electricity in the US is generated from coal. An new eco-friendly choice is a magnetic induction cooktop, which transfers heat to pans through magnetism, meaning less heat is wasted.
Make sure any dishwasher you choose is Energy Star-rated and ensure has multiple wash cycles. You can use the “light wash” cycle to save water and energy.
The way you use your eco-friendly appliances is important too. Always fill your dishwasher completely before running it, don’t open the fridge for longer than needed, and cook in large batches to minimize oven use. With a little effort and good choices, you can live more sustainably every day.