PALO ALTO, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
The kitchen accounts for much of a home’s energy use as it typically houses a number of big, electricity sucking appliances, making them prime targets for green upgrades. According to a recent poll conducted by Houzz, the leading website for the home remodeling industry, more than half of the respondents (52 percent) ranked upgrading to Energy Star appliances as the number one change they’d make to have a more environmentally friendly kitchen. Starting a compost bin, recycling and installing a trash station was the second most popular choice (28 percent).
Since refrigerators consume a large amount of energy, homeowners should consider the following tips from Portland, Oregon Architect and Houzz Professional, Michelle Jeresek:
Waste-reducer and Houzz community member Samantha Barton-Rundell has taken steps, like the 28 percent of poll respondents said they would do, to recycle, compost and create a trash station in her home.
“Taking simple environmental steps encourage my family to pitch in and help,” said Barton-Rundell. “Not to mention, recycling, creating compost bins and trash stations are inexpensive endeavors, but can make a big impact on the environment.”
“It’s also important for homeowners to evaluate the use of their ovens, as they are inherently inefficient,” continues Jeresk. “Only six percent of the energy from a typical oven is absorbed by the food.”
Jeresk offers the following oven and stove top efficiency tips:
“Another big energy suck is the dishwasher,” continues Jeresk. “What many homeowners don’t realize is that there are several simple and effective ways to save energy without getting dishpan hands.”
Jeresk offers the following smart dishwasher energy saving tips:
“While major appliances are generally the energy wasting culprits in a home, there are other parts of the kitchen where you can be lighter on the environment with little effort,” said Jeresk. “Homeowners should also consider using cloth towels instead of paper towels, water filters instead of water bottles, buying in bulk, switching to nontoxic cleaners and seeking out local, organic foods.”
Houzz (http://www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.3 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc