Dreaming of a Green Kitchen

In holidays, the kitchen is bustling with activities like cooking, eating and entertaining with family and friends.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a healthier, more comfortable kitchen this holiday season while saving money and enhancing
the environment?
At present, there are lots of ways to make “green sense” in your kitchen. Each decision you make can reduce energy and
maintenance costs, improve indoor air quality, improve health, safety and comfort, and reduce environmental impacts.
Your kitchen will look great, work better and give you a sense of pride that your family will truly be at home for the holidays
in a green kitchen.

Appliances, lighting and water use
The average kitchen uses as much as 40 percent of a home’s total energy. By selecting energy-efficient appliances and
lighting, you can save money on utility bills without sacrificing features, style or comfort.
■ Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying a new refrigerator, dishwasher or other kitchen appliance.
ENERGY STAR products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and United States Department of
Energy. Many appliances also carry yellow Energy Guide labels to help you select energy efficient products.

■ Light fixtures are also increasingly carrying the ENERGY STAR label. Make sure the fixtures are sized properly and positioned to put light where you need it. Adding high-performance windows and skylights can also give you lots of efficient, healthy, natural daylight!
Good ventilation is also a key part of a healthy kitchen. The Wisconsin Energy Star Homes program has excellent
standards for ventilation, combustion safety and indoor air quality. In the kitchen, make sure your ventilation
equipment is sized properly and exhausts to the outside.

■ The kitchen is one of the home’s largest water users. By selecting a water efficient dishwasher and low-flow faucets,             you can help to minimize your impact on Wisconsin’s water resources. Consider composting instead of using
the garbage disposal to not only save water, but produce valuable mulch for your garden.

Cabinetry and Countertops
Two of the biggest decisions in any kitchen are what to use for cabinets and countertops. Not only do you have to
choose products that look good, you also have to choose products that are durable, functional and offer the features              you need. You can also select products that can protect your health and the health of the environment.

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