How to be Environmentally Friendly in the Kitchen

The desire and requirement to be eco friendly is very much ingrained in modern day living. Cutting energy consumption, emissions and costs, are issues at the forefront of every consumers mind these days. In order to lead greener lives we need to take greater action. This can mean recycling more, swapping to energy efficient appliances and generally adopting a more environmentally friendly outlook on life. One of the easiest ways to bump up your green credentials is to start in the most used room of your house, so why not learn how to be environmentally friendly in the kitchen!

Appliances

Your kitchen appliances are probably amongst the biggest contributors to your energy usage. Indeed, estimates suggest that refrigerators alone can contribute to up to twenty per cent of the household electricity bill. Thankfully, most manufacturers are doing all they can to produce goods which are energy efficient. Companies such as Miele, produce A+++ rated appliances that will give customers the highest quality performance with the least impact upon the environment. Choosing to replace your washing machine, dryer, fridge and freezer with newer eco friendly models should also mean having to spend out less on spare parts and repairs, leading to further savings. In addition to this, more eco friendly appliances contain recyclable parts, meaning less impact on the environment, even after the products need replacing.

Recycling

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Weekly rubbish collection have become a thing of the past as councils crack down on landfill waste. This has forced households to make recycling a part of their every day routine. However, often councils only supply outside recycling cartons/bins, which can be inconvenient to use. It is therefore worth investing in recycling storage bins for your kitchen and, even if your council do not require it, compost/food scrap recycling.

Food and Drink

There are many ways you can make food and drink more eco friendly in your kitchen. Why not grow your own veg or herbs, or just make a concerted effort to cut down on excess food packaging. Shop locally, and buy only what you need – throwing large amounts of food away each week is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet. An eco kettle is a must in an environmentally friendly kitchen, as is an accurate fridge/freezer thermometer.

Products

All the large retail supermarkets now stock plenty of environmentally friendly product alternatives, so there is no excuse

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not to change your washing power, washing liquid and cleaning products right now. Also, consider natural products – you would be amazed what you can clean with vinegar and baking soda – it is better for your health and better for your environmentally friendly kitchen too!

Water

Ban single use plastic water bottles from your kitchen and invest in a water filter and reusable bottle instead. Boil only what water you are going to use in your (eco) kettle and do not leave the tap running unnecessarily. Keep your boiler temperature down and invest in tap faucet aerators – which claim they can reduce overall water consumption by up to 50%!

Energy Monitoring and Simple Savings

An energy meter will allow you to monitor all the hard work you have been doing and encourage you to carry on. Also, remember to make simple switches to low energy light bulbs, rely on more natural daylight, dry clothes outside (rather than in a dryer), bulk cook meals (freezing excess) and install draught excluder’s or invest in double glazing.

For more information about environmentally friendly kitchen appliances please visit Miele.co.uk.

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