5 Eco-Innovative Things You Should Incorporate Into Your Next Kitchen Renovation
1. Water-Efficient Faucets
Your faucet is probably the biggest water-wasting culprit in the kitchen. You use it more than you would expect—from washing your hands and dishes to cleaning and rinsing various items. In addition, if your faucet has a leak, it can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water in a year—that’s enough to take 180 showers! When renovating your kitchen, consider one that has a mechanism that reduces water flow while maintaining pressure, like the RINGSKÄR from IKEA. And if you hand wash a lot of your cookware, consider a rinsing tub so you can gauge just exactly how much water you are using.
2. Recycling Solutions
By now everyone is well aware of the need to recycle. It decreases the amount of waste in landfills, reduces pollution by minimizing leaching and the need to manufacture new materials, and lowers harmful greenhouse gas emissions. IKEA makes it simple to do it in style. If you have organized, separate bins that seamlessly integrate into your kitchen, it is easier to make recycling a daily habit.
3. Energy-Saving Appliances
One of the biggest decisions when renovating your kitchen is what appliances to select. With so many options out there, it can be confusing. You definitely want to look for ones that are energy efficient. Induction cooktops are popular today not only for their superior functionality—some come with a pause function that allows you to suspend the cooking process if you’re interrupted, then re-start again at the same temperature in an instant—but for their energy-saving characteristics as well. For example, the NUTID induction cooktop from IKEA is extremely energy efficient, fast, and precise as its induction technology transfers energy directly into magnetic cookware.
4. LED Lighting
In the past, energy-efficient lighting was thought to be harsh and off-putting. Not anymore. As of 2016, IKEA was able to make the switch over to LED in 100 percent of its offering, without compromising the quality of the light itself. The HEKTAR pendant lamp is a great example. It creates a pleasant atmosphere for dining, spreading direct light across the table. As if unaffected lighting quality wasn’t enough to change your mind, LED lights use 85 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 20,000 hours—so LED lights are a true no-brainer when redoing your kitchen…one of the most used rooms in the home.
5. Food Storage and Preservation
So if you can save your food longer, you waste less. It’s that simple. And wasting less is the cornerstone of the eco movement. IKEA makes it easy with convenient and stylish food storage bins like those from the DROPPAR series. With these transparent jars, you can reduce your food waste by storing your dry foods in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, keeping food fresher longer.