More and more people are going green (being more environmentally conscious), these days. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, doing so using environmentally friendly materials and energy efficient appliances is a way you can contribute. Decreased energy use will also show up on your utility bills, which is an added incentive for going green. If you need more reason than that, there is also a tax credit of up to $1500 for any homeowner who installs approved energy efficient products.
Energy efficient kitchen remodeling ideas
When remodeling your kitchen in an environmentally friendly way, the first thing to do is to inspect the structure, i.e. windows, doors, and install weather stripping or possibly new windows. If you choose to replace the windows, choose a low-E glazing and double or triple paned, Argon-filled windows, which are the most energy efficient on the market.
If you are upgrading appliances as well, look for energy efficient models. Most stores that sell appliances offer some kind of package deal, which could make replacing them even more cost-effective.
Lighting is another area that can be upgraded to cut down on energy use. Replacing old, inefficient, outdated looking light fixtures should be considered in any kitchen remodeling project. Strategic kitchen design will make the most of any natural light and any light fixtures should use compact florescent bulbs. There are other ideas, including using natural materials such as bamboo flooring, for an energy efficient kitchen remodeling project. One of the best places to start your research is online. Many home improvement sites have "green" how-to sections.
Green kitchen remodeling ideas-how to lower your costs
A completely new top-to-bottom eco-friendly kitchen remodel is a very expensive endeavor. Here are a few ideas to help lower the cost of your green kitchen remodeling project. Appliances can take the better part of your budget, and well they should, if you are upgrading to energy efficient models. You should visit different home improvement stores' websites for the best deals. It's a good idea to go to the store, if possible; sometimes there are clearance items not listed on line. Another option for replacing your appliances is to check local classified or auction websites. Check local appliance stores and department store clearance centers. You may be able to find last year's energy efficient model or even this year's model with a scratch across the front at hugely reduced prices. As far as eco-friendly materials, spend some time researching the materials available, what's considered "green" and what qualifies for the tax credit. It may be possible to give your kitchen an environmentally friendly upgrade for less than you thought.
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