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6 Steps to Going Green When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Going green in your kitchen is just one of the many steps that you can take to make your home more eco-friendly and most cost-effective. When you're energy-efficient, you're money-efficient, too.

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I loved the kitchen tile backsplash in the house we moved from in Michigan. It was one of my favorite DIY projects I had done, and I have been dreaming of installing a beautiful backsplash in our home here in South Carolina. One of my main goals with my new backsplash is to use eco-friendly materials to help keep toxins out of my household and the environment. The same goal will apply when I eventually change my countertops and flooring. Glass Tile Oasis gave me some great tips on choosing the best eco-friendly kitchen remodel materials.

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you want it to be as “green” as possible. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s often better for your pocket book as you make energy-efficient choices that will last throughout the life of your kitchen. To ensure that you’re making the best possible choices, follow these steps to creating a green kitchen that you’ll love.

1. Choose kitchen cabinets that have been produced with sustainability in mind. Many manufacturers now make cabinets that are made from wood that is chosen from sustainable forests. Take the time to look into the practices of the manufacturer you’re choosing. Don’t just look at the wood; consider their supply chain practices and how close their facilities are to their wood’s source, their stores, and to you.

2. Look into recycled backsplash tile. Your backsplash tile is one of the most prominent accents in your kitchen. Choose tile that makes a statement about the things that are important to you: go with recycled materials. Backsplash tile is available online for every taste and budget.

3. Look into eco-friendly flooring. You already have a long list of criteria that your kitchen floor has to pass. It needs to be easy to clean, compatible with your current decorating scheme, and hardy enough to last for a long time. Recycled glass tiles and natural linoleum are quickly becoming popular choices in many kitchens and bathrooms. They aren’t just eco-friendly; they’re also better for your home and family, because they’re made without the use of harsh chemicals that can impact your health.

4. Select your appliances carefully. When you go appliance shopping, you’ll find that every appliance has an Energy Star rating that will tell you how efficiently it uses energy. Take a look at the Energy Star rating for your preferred appliance to determine how expensive it will be to operate over time. The more you use your appliances, the more those savings add up–both for you and for the environment.

5. Go for green countertops. There are plenty of options available to allow you to choose a gorgeous countertop that is also eco-friendly. Look into “green” materials: recycled glass, bamboo, and even recycled paper are all becoming popular countertop solutions for eco-friendly kitchens. As an added bonus, you’ll get a unique, gorgeous countertop that suits your tastes and displays your green lifestyle for all of your guests to see.

6. Look for energy-efficient lighting alternatives. These days, you can easily find lighting alternatives that are just as bright at half the energy cost. Advances in technology have made it possible for you to choose green lighting without sacrificing your ability to see clearly in your kitchen.

Going green in your kitchen is just one of the many steps that you can take to make your home more eco-friendly and most cost-effective. When you’re energy-efficient, you’re money-efficient, too. That means that going green doesn’t just save the earth. It saves you money at the same time. By following these tips, you can create a green kitchen that you’ll love.