Remodeling a kitchen is a tough job that uses up a lot of time, energy, and resources. But the results are more than worth the trouble. And if your kitchen remodel is focused on energy efficiency and eco-friendly upgrades, you’ll feel as if you’ve made a difference as well. Find out how to have a more efficient kitchen remodel by checking out this guide and calling our expert contractors!
Check for the ENERGY STAR Seal
When you add in your dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, and other appliances, check for the ENERGY STAR seal. This is the EPA’s certification that the product meets certain established energy efficiency standards and that performance does not suffer as a result. ENERGY STAR certified products are typically about 25% more efficient than established federal minimums.
You should also look for efficient LED lighting. Having plenty of natural lighting is also useful for your kitchen, since it sees frequent use throughout the day.
Choose Sustainable Cabinets and Countertops
When you shop for your new cabinets and countertops, check for certain “green” characteristics. Recycled or sustainable materials are not too difficult to come by these days. Reclaimed wood, for example is common for both cabinets and countertops. Or your countertop may be made from an assortment of materials like recycled paper and glass, with a low-toxicity binding substance.
Make It Easy to Be Green
Think about how people will use your kitchen after it’s finished. Will recycling and composting be easy? A pull-out recycling bin underneath the counter means your family members have no excuses about putting materials into the proper place. You even have the option for an in-counter compost bin. A hole in the countertop allows you to easily drop food in without storing an unsightly bucket within view in your kitchen.
Call AGA Construction, Inc. today for remodeling services in Los Angeles, CA. Get a free refrigerator with any kitchen remodel of $35,000 or more.