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Tips from the JWH Team: Eco-Friendly Updates

08-24-17

4 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Updates

Are you looking to update your kitchen to a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly space? Look no further! Going green with your remodeling project means you’re trading up your current design for a healthier, energy-conserving, and ecologically responsible model. Here are a few ways to incorporate eco-friendly elements into your kitchen design.

custom cherry checkerboard countertop

“Butcher block” counters using smaller end-grain cherry.

Appliance Updates

Sure, we all want to reduce energy consumption and save on utility costs. Choosing Energy Star products is one surefire way to get energy-efficient models that are both tested and rated. To be considered an Energy Star model, appliances must be 25% more efficient than the federal standards for energy consumption. Some states offer rebates for purchasing Energy Star appliances. There are two price tags on every appliance: the purchase price and the operation cost. The results have a ripple effect: The consumer saves money on operating costs by reducing energy use without compromising the performance of the appliance. A few examples of this win-win situation:

– Replacing an old refrigerator with an updated Energy Star refrigerator could save you up to $260 in energy costs over the next 5 years.

– An Energy Star dishwasher will save you dollars and about 3870 gallons of water over its lifetime!

Counters

Green countertops come in a plethora of designs, but share these core values: eco-friendly manufacturing process, sustainable content and high durability.  A recycled paper countertop is made of 100 percent postconsumer recycled paper and petroleum free resin and pigment, giving a soapstone look with a superior heat-resistant quality. Salvaged wood can add a historic flavor and character and makes for a great island centerpiece. Butcher block can make great use of repurposed materials since it is composed of smaller bits of wood. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, and it’s a very hard and strong wood, making it ideal for counter spaces.

Flooring

Because of it’s one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, there is always a surplus of bamboo, making this option ecologically friendly. This flooring is relatively easy to maintain, water resistant and extremely durable. Cork flooring has unparalleled thermal and acoustical qualities, is warm to the touch, and cushiony to walk on. Add to that an earthy visual texture and the insulating qualities of carpet, and it’s no wonder cork is becoming a go-to choice in eco-friendly flooring.

Kitchen Cabinets

Green cabinetry used to be limited to modernized bamboo boxes. But these days, there are a variety of eco-friendly cabinet options available. Sustainable kitchen cabinets feature formaldehyde-free glues and finishes with low volatile organic compounds that give off low or no toxic fumes. Work closely with your designer to find a cabinet that offers sustainable manufacturing methods and that use environmentally responsible products.

 

If you’re ready to make the switch to a healthier, energy conserving and eco-friendly space, JWH Design has the expertise and knowledge to help your kitchen live up to its true potential, adding value to your home and the environment.


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