Go green in your kitchen! You don’t need to remodel your entire kitchen to make it eco-friendly! Get your family involved and start acting! Create a more environmentally friendly kitchen with these simple tips:
Love and listen to your appliances!
Concerning kitchen appliances, learn how to use them adequately! Sometimes we (without knowing) don’t make correct use of them and we start generating waste, or we overload their charge causing them to fail beforehand.
Making an eco-friendly kitchen doesn’t mean you necessarily have to get rid of everything and make way for the new appliances. Before you jump the gun and make a hasty appliance purchase, check to make sure that a repair isn’t in order.
Another great tip is to give all your appliances regular maintenance and service, even if there is nothing wrong with them! Just like cars, they need to be kept running smoothly.
Dishwashers are more eco-friendly than hand washing!
It is estimated that washing a load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 37% LESS water than washing dishes by hand.
When you do use your dishwasher, wait until you have a full load to run it. Running one load with a full dishwasher uses a lot less energy and water than running two loads with a half-full dishwasher.
Know what you want before opening the fridge
Don’t browse in front of the refrigerator. Keeping the door open for long periods of time wastes energy. When you’re done with the fridge, make sure the door closes securely! If the rubber seal is starting to malfunction, call someone at CRS Appliances for maintenance and repair service! (we visit you on the same day!)
Recycle and reuse
You can reuse pots and containers for planting herbs or even fruit or veggies (small ones); use boards for decorating purposes and of stop using grocery shopping bags from the store, and take your own! (Whether bags, or boxes… those wooden ones are excellent for grocery shopping!).
For recycling purposes: find out in your local community where you can take your material wastes (plastic, glass, tin and so forth), and start pitching in! Have separated bins around the house for wastes, and take it once weekly to the nearest recycling containers. Turn this into a family habit, or even a cool game! Be creative!
Shop smart: Shopping lists & local farmer’s markets
Plan ahead your shopping trips! Do not waste money or time by going 3 or even 4 times a week to the store, because last time you were there you “forgot” to buy certain thing. Invest a few minutes before heading out, to make a shopping list of what you need! Take a deep look into what you already have (in your fridge, coolers and cabinets) and buy exactly what you need: Avoid waste!
Another tip is to buy things that come with the less amount of packaging! Speaking of the food and things you buy, go local! The food you bring in to your kitchen is just as important as the gadgets and appliances you have, so buy local whenever you can. The fewer miles from farm to the table, the better!