Although transforming your kitchen into a “green kitchen” will save you money on energy, green products can be pretty expensive and difficult to find.
There is some good news, though: Green kitchen products are, more now than ever, made available in a variety of costs, colors, and styles, so you can fit them right into your kitchen, irregardless of your style, shape or size.
True, transforming your kitchen into a green and eco-friendly room can cost up to 20-30% more, you can still save in the long run, up to 2-4% every year. So, in a few years, you will have repaid your debt and then in the years to come, would have kept saving money! Sounds awesome, right?
Kitchen appliances that are inspected, accepted, and approved by the EPA Energy Conservation Program uses 10%-50% less energy/water/gas than the usual non-EPA model. Energy-efficient kitchen items, better in-wall insulation and anti-thermal doors and windows are usually included in the complete rip-to-stud and remodeling of a kitchen to a green kitchen.
Not only do green appliances save energy and lower the fuel and heat impact upon the environment, there are even health benefits! The EPA thinks that most Americans use up an average of 90% of their time indoors, and the use of these pollutants is up to 100 times more than use outdoors, not to mention to gases and fumes used in the kitchen.
Green products reduce exposure to air pollutants. For example, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically are emitted by paints, wood preservatives and other sources. These gases have short- and long-term health effects, including symptoms that range from eye, nose and throat irritation to cancer. Eco-safe paints are VOC-free, as are cabinets, countertops and flooring.
Green products reduce exposure to air pollutants. For example, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically are emitted by paints, wood preservatives and other sources. These gases have short and long-term health effects, including symptoms that range from eye, nose and throat irritation to cancer. Eco-safe paints are VOC-free, as are cabinets, countertops and flooring. Old homes are notorious for having chemical and compounds that can seriously affect house. Out of an up-to-date list of waterfront homes for sale in RI, for instance, since many are 50-100 years old, the chances of getting yourself into a house that needs remedial lead paint work, or even asbestos removal, is very high.
Green products reduce the amount of air pollution. VOCs are emitted by wood keepers, paint, and other sources. These VOCs have bad health benefits, such as, in extreme cases, cancer. Green paints are free of VOCs, so we recommend using those.
There are many factors to consider concerning eco-friendly kitchens when remodeling or building a new home. Obviously you want to consider your budget. But, always consider your long-term living goals, and most of all the outcome on your health and the environment. Sometimes when you weigh out the pros and cons of transforming your living environment in a health conscious way, money becomes much less of a factor, while well-being and quality of life takes the place of precedence. Read our post on the benefits of building green homes!