While being eco-friendly may seem like something you cannot afford; it is actually much more affordable than you may think. In recent years, the number of 'green' products readily available has increased greatly, allowing more and more individuals just like you and me save money while also saving the environment. Who doesn't want to get the best of both worlds?
High Quality Air
The quality of the air in your home is extremely important. So much of your time, as well as your family's time is spent inside the comfort of your home. When it comes to your kitchen, you want to be sure that you have a high quality range hood that sends all air outside of your home, leaving you with the nice air you deserve. Range hoods can either be installed by you or by an architect.
Toss the Cheap Cookware
One great way to help the environment is to buy items that are going to last longer and not need to be thrown away. When buying something that is cheaply made, you are going to pay the price and have to re-buy and re-buy time and time again. Not only does this break the bank but it always hurts the environment. It is definitely a good idea to stick to products that are stainless steel or cast iron. Teflon is a no-go. While these may not be the most affordable options up-front, they are going to pay for themselves over time. Whenever possible, stay away from anything wood or plastic because wood has the potential to rot over time and plastic can easily melt.
What and How You Eat Makes a Difference
Many people do not realize that what you eat, as well as how you go about getting the food you eat; make a huge difference to the environment. For example, if you grow your own food; this is going to greatly reduce the amount of fossil fuels being used.
What To Do When Remodeling
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, instead of buying items that are brand new; see what you can find that is used. A lot of the time, you can easily find products that have been lightly used. Why spend the big bucks when you can potentially find exactly what you're looking for at a portion of the price?
The Upsides to Electric and Gas Stoves
If you want a gas stove, you want to find a low BTU output; as this is going to save you more energy. Gas is great for temperature control as you can turn the heat on and off extremely quickly; without wasting too much energy.
As far as an electric-powered stove is concerned, the highest quality options are not the most affordable stoves out there, but they are definitely worth it if you have the money to spare. The best stoves have induction elements which keeps your food warm; but your stove cool. These literally use half the energy of coil elements.
About the author: Tom Walt covers home improvement tips and techniques for designing environment friendly homes. His blogs Solar energy installers spotlight home improvement tools and news from the home design industry.