Going green in the kitchen encompasses everything from what you eat to how you cook it There are tons of things you can do in your kitchen that will help lessen your impact on the environment. From using a water saving faucet, to energy efficient appliances to cleaning with non-toxic cleaners, going green in the kitchen can be great for the environment as well as for your budget.
One little thing you can do is reduce your use of paper towels. The average family uses several rolls of paper towels a week but you can reduce your usage by keeping some cloth towels handy in the kitchen and use those for wiping your hands, spills and other uses that would normally call for a paper towel. I like micro fiber cloths You’ll save money on paper towels and there will be less of them in the landfill which, in turn, helps the environment Also, the less paper towels that are manufactured, the less pollution in the air from those manufacturing plants.
Use microfiber cloths to clean up spills. They are also great to clean glass, stainless steel, and stove tops, microwaves etc. By doing this you reserve the use of paper towels for draining bacon and other fried foods. Use cloth napkins, avoid paper, Styrofoam and other convenience items Reduce by Using rags for items like scratch cover polish and just throw them away. Also use rags for other chores like cleaning cabinets, walls , woodwork and floors. These can be washed and reused as long as there is any use left in them.
Any Item can be reused including clothes, rags, furniture, Glass jars, Just think a minute and you will add a lot to the list. I save paper from the printer like that last page they just have to add on at the end with one sentence on it. I cut them in half 5 1/2 x 8 and clip a stack with one of those big black clips to form a pad. why buy steno pads when this work just as well. You reduce the need to make more paper. You reuse the paper at hand , and when it is no longer needed you recycle the paper you wrote on.
Did you realize that some types of cooking are more energy efficient than others? While many cooks love a gas stove, the fact is that the newer model electric stoves are more energy efficient Not only that, but if you opt for a toaster oven or microwave instead of using your big oven, you can drastically reduce the energy needed for cooking. Another method of cooking that greatly reduces the amount of energy being used are convection ovens. Many microwaves have convection oven features in them use it whenever possible as it cooks more evenly and saves a great deal of energy.
Reduce the cost of Energy with LED Bulbs
I save quite a bit by putting dimmer capable Led bulbs in the fan light. You can dim them down to use as a night light. The electric company gives you 5 Led bulbs if you bring incandescent bulbs in to their scheduled day, I t is held approximately once a month. In our town it is held at the senior center. Â My favorite place to by bulbs is Batteries & bulbs and more. IÂ bought some dimmable bulbs there last week and the electric company pays them a rebate. On one package of bulbs I saved &7.00.
Another thing you can do in the kitchen to help the environment is buy local whenever you can. While this might seem like a small thing, transporting food is actually a big drag on the environment. Flying bananas into upstate New York from the tropics can be costly in terms of air pollution. Not to mention that foods from the grocery store can be loaded with pesticides which damage the environment and your health with GMO’s Your local growers probably don’t put so much junk on their crops. Plus, it’s nice to support the farmers in your own community. We have a farm market on the town Green every Wednesday & Sunday. Seniors can get a book of coupons at the Sr. Center. Each coupon is worth $3.00. We also have produce stand at one of the gas stations and another stand at a nursery in a nearby town. Just google for farm markets in your area.
Using reusable cloth grocery bags, reusing jars I use canning jars for leftoversÂ This also saves because you can see what is in the jar and it doesnâ€™t get forgotten to be lost. Composting organic materials are great ways to reduce waste.Â You can compost your kitchen scraps, paper and even cardboard.Â This will make great fodder for your garden and does double duty as it acts as an organic fertilizer saving you from buying fertilizer which saves you money and ensures that harmful chemicals donâ€™t leach into the environment from commercial fertilizers you might have had to purchase.
Note: Some paper is needed to have a proper mix.
Possibly the most important thing you can do to be greener in the kitchen is to recycle. Make sure you get a good handle on all the plastic and glass materials you use that can be recycled.Â Check the rules at your landfill as to what has to be separated out and buy yourself some bins to help you keep things separate. My goal is to get enough people recycling so much that they pick u[ recycling every week and trash twice a month.
Lastly, you want to keep the environment in mind when you clean. Cleaners full of chemicals can be bad for the environment and the fumes from these can be harmful to the health of yourself and your family. There are plenty of natural things you can use for cleaning like vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil that will help keep your kitchen sparkling without harming you or the environment.
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