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There is no denying that the kitchen of any home is the family hub. It’s one of the rooms in your home where all your family will frequent on a regular basis and possibly all at the same time when there is dinner cooking! With all the noise getting made about climate change, you might have been wondering how you can ‘do your bit’ to help the environment.
While it’s true that you can’t single-handedly change the world, you can improve things from your small part of it! One example is by establishing a more eco-friendly kitchen. Sure, this blog post could talk about making your entire house, flat, or whatever an eco-friendly home. But, there isn’t much content online about specifically making a kitchen more eco-friendly. So, with that in mind, here are some ideas that you can try out at home in your kitchen today!
Make more of an effort with your recycling
It’s likely you already recycle some items thanks to the doorstop schemes provided by your local authority. The thing is, there are many items that your council cannot take as they don’t have the facilities to process certain materials. The good news is you can usually find other places locally that will accept some types of plastics and paper that your local authority cannot take. Be sure to grab yourself some extra recycling sacks and you can take those items in bulk once they are full. Doing so means you will be sending fewer items to landfill sites.
Repair rather than replace appliances
The sad truth is that appliance manufacturers purposely make products that stop functioning after only a few years of use. Typically, these items range from small products like kettles and microwaves through to larger appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. As you can appreciate, the cost of replacing larger appliances can make a significant dent in your wallet!
Luckily, there are many companies that sell spare parts for all kinds of appliances. For example, you could get Fisher and Paykel washing machine parts and either fit them yourself and have an engineer do that for you.
Use the eco settings on your appliances
The beauty of today’s dishwashers and washing machines is that they can still get things clean but at low temperatures. As a result, it takes less time to clean items, resulting in less water and electricity getting used. Plus, the majority of washing powders and dishwasher detergents clean items in colder water temperatures. And don’t forget about the savings you’ll be making on your utility bills too!
Generate hot water from solar panels
One final idea to make your kitchen more eco-friendly is to use a solar water heating solution. Many people assume that the photovoltaic cells fitted to the roof of properties are only used for generating electricity. But, they can also get used for heating up the water inside a tank. Such a solution will have a variety of uses in your eco-friendly kitchen.