Green homes are becoming increasingly popular in renovation and new construction as people prioritize being environmentally conscious. Your kitchen remodeling project is the perfect opportunity to invest in affordable and long-term sustainability with energy-efficient appliances. Here are some smart options to inspire your kitchen design.
3 Appliances for a Green Kitchen Design
Since the refrigerator is running constantly, it’s one appliance that uses the most energy in kitchens. Energy Star® recommends looking for a fridge with a freezer on top since it tends to be more efficient than other types. If you often have extra space in your refrigerator, downsize to a smaller unit since larger, emptier fridges require more energy to keep cool. The most energy-efficient fridges are usually around 18 cubic feet.
Look for an Energy Star-certified dishwasher that will use less energy and water. For example, it could have more efficient jets and soil sensors to monitor how dirty the dishes are and adjust the cycle accordingly.
3. Oven & Range
If you want to upgrade to a more energy-efficient oven and range combination, look for a gas rather than an electric unit. Gas ranges heat up and cool down quicker, and, according to the American Gas Association, they are about three times more efficient than their electric counterparts. This makes their higher upfront cost a worthwhile investment.
Whether you’re building a new home or just focusing on an energy-efficient kitchen design, Waipahu-based Cutting Edge Builders Hawaii can make your vision a reality. The locally owned and operated company serves Oahu with master craftmanship, fair pricing, and quality products from top brands in every home remodeling project they handle. Find out more about how they can assist you online, and call (808) 478-6718 to schedule a free consultation with their licensed remodeling contractors today.