3 Tips That Will Lower Your Carbon Footprint and Save You Money

Many people have the desire to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and they are looking for simple, easy strategies that they can implement at home to accomplish their goals. Given the amount of energy and water used in the kitchen as well as the amount of refuse generated in this space, focusing your efforts in this room can have a major impact on the environment. By following a few easy steps, you can enjoy the benefits of a greener kitchen.

Low-Flow Faucet
As a first step, you can upgrade your kitchen faucet to a low-flow model. Some low-flow kitchen faucets are designed to use half the amount of water or less that traditional faucets use. This means that you can still enjoy hand-washing or rinsing dishes as needed, washing your hands, running the garbage disposal and performing other water-based activities in the kitchen while minimizing the amount of water you use. There are many stylish models of low-flow faucets available that can enhance your decor while promoting water conservation in the kitchen.

Energy Efficient Appliances
If you have the financial means to do so, you may want to consider upgrading your kitchen appliances with energy star models. Appliances like the refrigerator, water heater, and the dishwasher use a considerable amount of energy, and some of the most innovative models on the market today come with rebates and are designed to drastically reduce that energy consumption. Consider how much water you use each month in your kitchen alone. My husband and I installed a tankless water heater this past summer and it has illustrated a great example of this principle. It took a bit of an initial investment, but having it installed has drastically reduced our energy use and resulted in a great deal of savings. What made having one installed even better were the Rebates and tax credits for energy efficient appliances that we qualify for.

Recycle Bin
As a final note, you may want to consider installing a recycle bin in your kitchen if you have not already done so. Recycling your kitchen waste can have a major impact on the environment, and the easiest way to recycle is to sort out the trash as it is placed into the bins. When you have the option to place waste in a recycle bin, your sorting task is completed without hassle. This makes it far more convenient to recycle everything from soda cans and milk cartons to cereal boxes and other items.

As you can see, there are numerous steps that you can take to decrease waste from refuse, water consumption and energy consumption in the kitchen. To enjoy an even greater impact in the kitchen, you can also implement other strategies, such as buying locally produced, organic foods or making your own eco-friendly cleaning products.

By adopting these strategies today, you may discover that you save money on your energy and water bills, and you also will decrease your carbon footprint.

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About The Author
Leslie is a freelance writer and blogger who and has written for numerous print and online publications ranging in topics from mobile devices and electronics to home renovations to interior decorating. Leslie is always open to freelance writing opportunities and can be reached at leslieekrick@gmail.com.

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