5 Energy-Efficient Kitchen Design Trends

In the modern home, the kitchen is usually the most power-hungry room of them all. However, at a residential level we must do everything that we can to reduce our energy consumption and work towards a more eco-friendly society. These energy efficient kitchen designs and tips are the first place you should start when designing or reworking an eco-friendly kitchen.

1. Design to Your Needs

First things first, when renovating a kitchen or starting from scratch, set aside your hopes and dreams of a large, lavish kitchen filled with fancy appliances and remember the purpose of the project. A kitchen can be stylish and still entirely functional; there is no need to go over the top and create a costly and energy-hungry kitchen that won’t be used to its fullest.

Making a conscious decision to scale down and use space effectively will help you to work more ergonomically in the kitchen, and limit your energy wastage as well. Some space-conscious design elements include drawers over cupboards, incorporating corner units, and using specific containers to separate your rubbish and recycling.

2. Efficient and Effective Lighting

The next step is to reassess your lighting fixtures as inefficient and ineffective lighting is a literal waste of energy! Switching out your existing light bulbs for LED bulbs is a great way to bring down the cost of keeping your kitchen well-lit. They are likely to last you thousands of hours more than traditional incandescent bulbs, and cost a fraction to run. You could even get a whimsical coloured option to jazz up the space.

3. Aerated Tap Attachments

A great way to aid environmental longevity is to contribute to the conservation of another invaluable resource: water. By installing aerated faucets, you introduce more air to the stream of tap water, thus conserving water without compromising on water pressure.

This will help you to reduce energy consumption by reducing the amount of water that is used from your geyser, thus reducing the amount of water that is heater throughout the day.

4. Eco-Conscious Materials

If you are in need of a kitchen renovation or are fitting it out at present, take the renewable and sustainable nature of the materials you use in your build. Countertops, cabinet doors and and even the paint you use can be sourced from eco-friendly companies who endeavour to limit their environmental impact.

5. Appliance Efficiency

Lastly, you will need to assess the state of your kitchen appliances. Kitchen appliances are some of the most power hungry in the entire house (apart from perhaps air conditioners) and should be kept in tip top condition to ensure maximum power efficiency. Make sure that your refrigerator and dishwasher are energy star rated, and less than 10 years old to ensure that they are working to modern sustainability standards.

Another cool energy efficient kitchen design trend is the installation of a delayed start dishwasher. This type of dishwasher will start at a set time each evening as long as the door is closed, which means you won’t forget to wash the dishes, and you will be using electricity outside of peak hours, saving you money.

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