GO GREEN WITH A GREEN KITCHEN: THE BUYERS GUIDE – PART VI
Issues that Green Real Estate and a Green Kitchen Resolve
Green real estate and greener kitchens deal with many concerns that have been overshadowing kitchens for centuries. The majority of kitchens that were created before environmentally friendly building systems and materials put a gargantuan amount of pressure on energy use, as well as other types of natural reserves. These past kitchens, in most cases, caused health problems for the dwellers, even having an effect on the competence of those that built them. In fact, one of the principal roles that these past kitchens played in relation to climate change and global warming was considerable environmental ruin, acute waste creation and tremendous pollution emissions. However, contemporary and green living kitchens productively decrease, if not get rid of these problems. In fact, many newly created kitchens allow their users to go green and enjoy sustainable living that was once unheard of.
Eco Buyer's Guide Answers
Answers to these problems are fairly clear-cut for these new kitchens. With global warming and climate change increasing as many continue to disregard the damage being done to our planet and the slow, but sure destruction of life in general, the need for sustainable resolutions and sustainable living through environmentally friendly kitchens is without question, a priority.
These green living kitchens account for neighbourhood, commercial and local environment advantages. However, such kitchens are useless if the sustainability factor is ignored by the people that use them.
The first step towards greener kitchens, is to use natural light, ground warmth, biodegrable goods and low energy appliances. Factors to be considered: reducing toxic waste; maintaining air quality; improving daily use and maintenance; improving effectiveness; and siting appropriately. Visually, these kitchens use products found locally, allocate site generated energy that can be recycled and the lessening of weight on the overall home. Other things that should be account for include eco-friendly recycling and ecosystem impacts. Reconstruction is healthier than entirely remodelling to keep away from the interruption of significant eco-systems and the environment.
Such kitchens have nought to few energy emissions and usage. Double/triple glazed windows shrink heating charges and adverse discharges into the air. Power is supplied by the sun, whether somewhat or in full by solar produced electricity.
Greener materials for kitchen construction requirements are fundamental for a sustainable living type kitchen. Products are harmless, eco friendly, reusable and renewable, but avoid unnecessary electronic items in such a kitchen. You can start going green in your kitchen with the following:
- a built in recycling type area (recycling bins for plastics, bottles, food, paper, bottles, cans, etc.) for reuse, composting or recycling
- environmentally friendly, attractive and durable flooring (natural area rugs and eucalyptus/cork and/or bamboo)
- stone or concrete countertops/worktops/backsplashes (granite, stained, slate, natural pigmented, non-toxic, recycled, sealed, etc.)
- densely-packed insulated walls, ceilings and floors (mineral wool, cellulose, fibreglass, etc.)
- skylights, doors and windows (double or triple glazed)
- controlled lighting (low energy and natural)
- appliances (low-energy, energy rated, waste reducing, low-water usage and/or solar powered)
- wall coverings (cellulose and gypsum combos, wall panelling, mould reducing, moisture resistant, etc.)
- cookers and stoves (induction)
- cookware (steel enamelled, cast iron and stainless steel)
- fans and vents (solar powered, low energy and easy to clean/HVAC ventilation)
Instituting a greener kitchen can be expensive, but with new innovations that are eco-friendly, the costs are covered over the long term and running and maintenance costs are reduced dramatically. The resulting long term affect is a wonderful and long-lasting sustainable and green real estate kitchen that everyone can enjoy. These eco friendly kitchens are inviting and healthier, something that home buyers are now looking for in their home buyer's guide.
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