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Tips to ‘Green’ Your Kitchen

Now, more than ever, people are more health and environmentally conscious. Minimizing your impact on the environment doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking. Here’s a quick look at how you can green your kitchen, be more energy efficient and less wasteful.

green_kitchenWashing Dishes

Wait until you have a full load to use your dishwasher. Many dishwashers, including ENERGY STAR certified models, are designed to get your dishes clean while using less water and energy. Furthermore, advanced technology allows us to the skip the rinsing. Throughout the wash cycle, soil sensors determine the level of dirtiness in order adjust the cycle and achieve an optimal clean. Lastly, instead of using the heat dry option, let your dishes air-dry.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bags

For a greener alternative, invest in reusable totes versus bagging groceries in paper or plastic. Today, many reusable tote bags are made from organically grown materials or recycled plastics. For efficient use, keep a few reusable totes in your car. After you have unloaded the groceries, place the bags near the door so you won’t forget them on your way out. To help make a difference and reduce the waste polluting landfills, many cities are now banning the use of plastic bags.

Invest in energy-efficient appliances

By replacing your old appliances with ones that are energy-efficient, you are able to save money on utility bills, as well as protect the plant by reducing energy and water consumption. You might even qualify for tax credits available from the government, which can greatly reduce your investment in these appliances.

Buy in bulk

You can make a big difference to the environment and your food budget by buying food and beverage items in bulk. Purchasing products in bulk reduces packaging, and thus, the amount of waste flowing into the landfills. To maximize savings and to avoid spoilage, it’s best to purchase products such as toilet paper, toothpaste, non-perishable food and other items, such as nuts, that you can portion out into reusable containers.

Purchase cookware that will last

When purchasing cookware, stainless steel, cast iron and PFOA-free (Perfluorooctanoic acid) pots and pans are safer for you and your family’s health, as well as environmentally friendly. Teflon coated cookware may prevent your morning eggs from sticking to the frying pan; however, new research shows that PFOA coating is linked to cancer. When cooked at higher temperatures these non-stick surfaces may emit a poisonous gas that is harmful to human health. For easy and safe cooking, opt for PTFE-Free (Teflon) and PFOA-Free cookware.

Use a water filter

Do you drink a lot of bottled water? If so, it’s time to quit purchasing bottled water at the store. Instead, invest in a quality water filter and make your own bottled water at home using BPA-free reusable bottles.

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Incorporating a Green Lifestyle Into a Rental Home

When people think about incorporating a green lifestyle into a home, they usually call to mind images of the expensive modifications that they need to make in order to do so. Making these modifications to a home that you own is one thing – many people balk at the idea of spending that type of money on a rental property. In reality, going green isn’t necessarily the huge financial commitment that it once was. Additionally, a green lifestyle is about more than just saving as much money as possible – it’s about doing your part to help protect the planet. You can incorporate a green lifestyle into a rental home in a number of different ways depending on your preferences.

Green House

One great way to incorporate a green lifestyle into a rental home involves installing a digital thermostat soon after you arrive. This is especially true if the home is located in an area that experiences both extreme highs during the summer and chilly lows during the winter. You can automatically program the thermostat to regulate the temperature at certain times of the day so that you don’t need to leave the air conditioning or heat running all day long while nobody is around. The air conditioning can turn off soon after you leave in the morning and turn back on soon before you arrive home, allowing you to experience the same cool climate conditions at a fraction of the cost.

Another way to incorporate a green lifestyle into a rental home is to adjust the techniques and products used to clean. Instead of using chemical-laden cleaning products, you can use natural items like distilled white vinegar, baking soda or lemons. These types of products act as wonderful sanitizers and can clean just as well as store bought products. Professional cleaning companies, such as Mopfrog, also recommend checking the labels and using environmentally preferable products that are certified by leading designations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program. 

Finally, incorporating a green lifestyle into your rental home should always involve recycling. Use reusable plastic containers when putting away leftovers, for example. Make sure that you are separating items that can be thrown away from plastic bottles, aluminum cans and others that should be recycled for the benefit of green living. The odds are high that your neighborhood already has a recycling program that you can easily take advantage of.

Incorporating a green lifestyle into a home is not as difficult, time consuming or expensive as it once was. By making a few key modifications to your own personal habits and integrating a few new elements into the home, you easily transform your rental home into a greener property.

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