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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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