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Be Eco-Friendly during Your Kitchen Remodel with These Helpful Tips

4a296100b5ca8e1de017a64aa2db7e39The materials that you choose to use during your kitchen remodel can easily turn this space into your dream kitchen, but did you know that some materials are better than others? Eco-friendly materials can last much longer than other materials, plus they are better for your health, the environment, and even your bank account. You can even repurpose some of the items in your existing kitchen and make the finished product even more eco-friendly.

Here are 4 helpful tips that will keep you eco-friendly during your kitchen remodel:

Design Elements

Eco-friendly design elements can include repurposing your existing cabinets, replacing the hardware, and refinishing your hardwood floors. However, you can also keep your kitchen remodel green by changing the layout to utilize as much natural lighting as possible, using eco-friendly materials for your floor, backsplash, and countertops, and installing a recycling and composting area.

Conserve Water

Conserving water is a great way to save the environment and save money at the same time. While you may think that you’ll have to skimp on the water that you use, it is simpler than that. We recommend installing low flow kitchen faucets and energy star dishwashers to keep your water usage lower.

Conserve Energy

We also recommend installing energy efficient appliances and lighting fixtures in your newly remodeled kitchen. Energy star appliances, the proper light fixtures, and even LED light bulbs can help you save money and the amount of electricity your new kitchen uses.

Keep What You Can

You do not need to completely gut your existing kitchen when you do a remodel, especially if a lot of this space is in excellent condition. A few small changes here and there, while refinishing a few things can be more eco-friendly and cheaper than a complete kitchen remodel.

When to Consider a Full Kitchen Remodel

Keeping in mind that most people remodel the kitchen roughly every 5 to 7 years, consider a complete kitchen remodel if nothing in your kitchen is in good enough condition to last the lifetime of your new remodel. In cases like those, it would cost more long-term to try to salvage items that are not going to stand up to normal use over the course of the next 5 to 7 years.

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