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Going Green? Why Not Start In Your Kitchen?

written by Yoga David 18th November 2013

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Could you be concerned about your home’s impact on the environment? The truth is that every kitchen in an household can add to our nation’s environmental load. There are things you can do to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient, and less wasteful.

Always wash wisely
Dishwashers usually use 47% less water than hand washing. If it’s a must to wash your dishes by hand, at least fill two sinks; use one for washing and the other for rinsing.

Use your gas or electric Effectively
Gas tend to use instant heat, so it doesn’t waste energy when cooking like electric. You can use a stove with low BTU output for more energy efficiency.

Invest in local Food
Do you know that you tend to cause too much pollution when buying imported fruits? It is advisable to try buying your fresh produce of food and fruits from your local farmer’s market instead.

Utilize your microwave well
You can be able to reduce cooking energy by as much as 80% if you use your microwave instead of your oven every now and then.

Grow your own food if you can
You can grow your own food or try to source it well, cook it from scratch by yourself. This helps you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth and eat, this is unlike depending on fast food or ready-made food.

Use your fridge in proper way
Try and invest on more eco-friendly fridges. Try and Keep your fridge full so that you save on energy and try to regularly dust the coils on the back of your fridge.

Why not try compost?
You can be a hardcore eco-warrior if you compost all your kitchen waste. You may end up using the same to fertilize your kitchen garden if you have one.

Clean cleverly
Look for non-toxic, biodegradable and plant-based detergents to clean your kitchen. If you want to make your own surface cleaner try using white vinegar and baking soda it works wonders

Cook in bulk
When you turn your oven on, try to cook in bulk this helps in using less energy. Make batches of bread, cakes, curry and soups to pop in the freezer for easy eating later.

Reuse and  recycle

Try and Recycle all metals, plastics, glass, paper and cardboard. Find another use for your old containers and yogurt pots, fill empty jars with homemade sauces, try also to infuse your own oil in bottles.

Use your chest freezer regularly
Chest freezers are much more efficient than uprights; this is because when heat rises cold air falls. So the air stays put when you open the door.

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