3 upgrades to make your kitchen more eco-friendly
The kitchen is the heart of the home and for good reason. As the central hub of the home, meal preps, delicious food and celebrations start in the kitchen. Fortunately for the last few years there has been a huge movement towards making the heart of the home more environmentally healthy for the whole family to enjoy. Here are 3 upgrades to make your kitchen more eco-friendly.
1.) Appliance Upgrades
Appliances approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program use ten percent to fifty percent less energy and water than standard models, reducing energy costs. When you’re shopping for new appliances or fixtures, keep a look out for the Energy Star logo.
2.) Recycled Upgrades
When it comes to selecting kitchen finishes there are a vast variety of practical and attractive recycled materials to choose from. Whether you’re upgrading your countertops or redoing your flooring, using recycled materials make a great eco-friendly touch to any kitchen. Everything from cork flooring to recycled glass backsplashes to bamboo flooring can make excellent, durable choices to your kitchen.
3.) Low VOC Upgrades
The kitchen contributes its fair share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints, cabinets and countertops. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically are emitted by paints, wood preservatives and other sources. So when making kitchen upgrades, use eco-safe materials that are VOC-free for your cabinets, countertops and flooring to improve your air quality.
If you’d like to know more about making your home more eco-friendly, or if you’re looking to build a custom home in Prescott, please contact Crystal Creek Builders today.
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