How to Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly
As the focus on sustainability grows among homeowners, the kitchen is getting a makeover with efficiency in mind. While replacing inefficient old appliances, don’t forget about the opportunity to update the kitchen sink as well. Try these tips for making a kitchen more eco-friendly with the right faucets, sinks, and accessories.
Add a Faucet Aerator
Faucet aerators, especially in the kitchen, are the single most eco-friendly upgrade a homeowner can make to a plumbing system. These simple devices introduce more air into the water coming from a faucet, reducing the total flow without any noticeable change in pressure. An aerator on its own can reduce total water use at a kitchen faucet by 1/3rd or more.
Try an Efficient New Faucet
To take water savings to the next level, consider a low flow faucet. These faucets include aerators and other features that lower water usage as much as possible without sacrificing noticeable flow. Many of these advanced faucets feature jet or spray functions that increase the pressure when it’s needed for washing away food residue or grease.
Make Better Use of the Kitchen Sink
Choosing a kitchen sink with separate compartments allows the entire family to soak any dishes with stubborn stuck-on food. Using one sink compartment’s worth of water to soak a whole day’s worth of dishes is a far more efficient way to handle stuck-on residue than filling up the entire sink. Double compartment sinks also allow the family to rinse vegetables while dishes are waiting to be washed, making more efficient use of the same space.
Install a Water Filter
Bottled water is wasteful and hurts the environment, but it’s also preferred by many people who find their home tap water too unpleasant to drink. Installing a high-quality reverse osmosis filter will improve the water’s taste, color, and odor until it’s preferable to bottled water. This change alone can help save over $100/year per person on top of the eco-friendly benefits.
Shopping around for a new sink? Consider one that is already composed of recycled materials and can be recycled again. Stainless steel is the best choice for an eco-friendly kitchen sink since up to 60% of most sinks come from recycled material and they’re fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Glass is another good option, although it’s less commonly used in kitchens.
Choose Kingston Brass kitchen accessories to complete any eco-friendly renovation. Transform a wasteful kitchen into an efficient and beautiful one with a few new fixtures and some matching accessories.