Does your kitchen feel cramped, out of style, and just overall not right? If so, it might be time to consider remodeling. This year, 76% of renovating homeowners will be giving their kitchen a makeover, making it the second most popular type of home renovation. And not only can a minor kitchen remodel make your kitchen area feel more welcoming and stylish, but it can also have an average ROI of 82.7%. One of the great things about remodeling is having the opportunity to do so in an eco-friendly way — there are so many options for eco-friendly products and they can make you feel good about going green while making your kitchen look pretty at the same time. To give you some ideas for an eco-friendly kitchen makeover, we’ve compiled a few ways to choose eco-friendly materials and features.
When it comes to choosing eco-friendly materials, you’ll have plenty of options. Bamboo, cork, and recycled stone materials are great options to use in the kitchen. Bamboo can be used for flooring, backsplashes, cabinets, and even for cooking items like utensils and cutting boards because it’s such a versatile material. Cork is also becoming a popular material used in kitchens for flooring. Due to its sound-absorbing and water-resistant properties, it makes a great option for flooring or decor. And for countertops, choosing recycled stone can be a great way to get a beautiful, durable surface without the high cost to both your bank account and the environment. Overall, there are plenty of eco-friendly material options to explore for every aspect of your kitchen.
Water conservation is another aspect of eco-friendly remodeling to explore. On average, each American uses about 88 gallons of water in their home every single day. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your water use at home, start with your appliances. If you have older appliances, chances are that they don’t have water-saving or energy-saving options. But by looking into newer, energy-efficient appliances, especially dishwashers, you can significantly reduce the amount of water you use in your home. While investing in new appliances may be more expensive upfront, the cost will pay off in the long-run.
And last but not least, you should consider what kind of lighting you’re using in your kitchen. Oftentimes, the kitchen is one room in the house that’s almost always using light. From cooking to doing homework to entertaining, kitchens see a lot of use. This is why it’s important to ensure you’re using energy-efficient lighting. LED lighting and halogen lighting can significantly reduce the amount of energy you’re using for lighting. While it may not seem like it has a big effect, lighting is one of the highest uses of energy. This is especially true in houses where lights tend to get left on overnight and when no one is home. Seeing as how the total use of energy in the U.S. in 2016 alone amounted to about 97.4 quadrillion BTUs, it’s important to reduce energy use whenever possible. By switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures, you can ensure you’re using as little energy as possible while still providing sufficient lighting.
Even if you make just a few small changes to your kitchen to give it a new look, it’s important to keep eco-friendly options in mind. These are just a few ideas to get you started on making your kitchen, and your home, as environmentally-friendly as possible.