Homeowners who want to make their homes more eco friendly might consider beginning their green transformation in the kitchen. A green guide created by the U.S. Green Building Council provides homeowners with ways to transform their kitchen into a more efficient living space while also saving money.
The guide recommends homeowners swap out over-sized appliances for more compact and eco friendly options. Large appliances use more energy and take up more room when compared to high-efficiency models that can free up crowded spaces while also saving money on electric bills. Homeowners should also get rid of any refrigerators more than 10 years old, and shouldn't keep it as an extra in the garage as old refrigerators can make up 15 percent of a home's energy bill.
By using windows and skylights to clear kitchens from indoor vapors and toxins, homeowners can reduce their use of exhaust fans that should only be turned on when eliminating heavy cooking odors. Homeowners who opt to continue using exhaust fans should invest in a more energy-efficient model that can be used on its lowest setting to reduce their home's demand for energy. Switching out standard bulbs for compact fluorescent or LED lighting will also aid in homeowners' efforts to be more green.