5 Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency When Remodeling Your Kitchen
A lot of people consider kitchen the ‘heart’ of a home. The problem is, that ‘heart’ requires a lot of electricity in order to keep beating. Fortunately, there are ways to give your kitchen a facelift and also increase energy efficiency. Upgrading your appliances is one of the best ways to do this.
Following are 5 ways to increase energy efficiency when remodeling your kitchen:
1. Replace Old, Energy-Wasting Appliances
If budget is not a concern when remodeling your kitchen, then it is highly recommended that you replace your all your older, energy-wasting appliances with the new Energy Star ones. When choosing new appliances for your kitchen, look for the ones that have Energy Star logo. This logo means that the appliance meets the specific strict energy-saving guidelines. Another thing to consider when upgrading your kitchen appliances is the size. It is recommended that you buy the right size according to your needs. Too large will be wasteful. Too small on the other hand, will be overworked.
2. Install LED or CFL Lighting
Lighting is another important aspect to consider when you are remodeling your kitchen to increase energy efficiency. The best way to save energy on the lighting is to take advantage of the sun’s rays. It is recommended that you install energy-saving skylights and windows in your kitchen. Daylighting, in addition to LED or CFL lights will pay for themselves in only a few years. Energy-saving light bulbs use much less energy and also last longer. They are a great way to increase energy efficiency. Compact Fluorescent Lights are quite popular nowadays. You can find them in any a wide range of sizes and shapes. Experiment a little with different types that are available until you find the one that best suits your needs and preferences.
3. Buy an Efficient Freezer-On-Top Refrigerator
A refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming appliance in most households. You should replace it with an energy efficient model as they use improved insulation, high-efficiency compressors, and more precise defrost and temperature mechanisms to increase energy efficiency. In this way, you will be getting a refrigerator that consumes less energy without sacrificing the features you want. It is also recommended that you get a freezer-on-top refrigerator. Side by side refrigerators are said to use up to 20% more energy, so you should avoid them.
4. Use Water-based Paints
If you plan to repaint your entire kitchen, then it is highly recommended that you use water-based paints. They are generally considered the most energy efficient type of paint. So, you should start your search there.
5. Some Additional Steps You Can Take
Energy efficient remodeling of your kitchen isn’t just about replacing appliances. For any rebuilding work, you should use an FSC certified building material as it is considered a sustainable building material. If you insulate the exterior walls of your kitchen, it will prevent conditioned air from escaping. Furthermore, you can also add or replace your kitchen’s windows, double paned glass with a Low-E coating to increase energy efficiency.
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