When you think of your home and technology, your kitchen probably isn’t the first room to come to mind. Surprisingly, though, there’s a lot of tech, both electronic and analogue, available for your kitchen that won’t wreak havoc on the environment or your energy bill.
From Energy Star-rated appliances to smarter gadgetry to even what you cook up in your kitchen, it’s easier than ever to be energy efficient in your home eatery.
Here are just a few ways you can go a little greener:
1. CSA Boxes and Local Shopping
Subscribing to your local CSA box or becoming a regular at the nearby locally-sourced produce market means you’re taking a collaborative part in caring for the environment.
Locally sourced food means that there’s less money, energy, and fuel spent in raising, prepping, shipping, and marketing your edible goods.
Farm-to-table efforts often also have a greener farming approach, using less harmful pesticides, smarter fertilizers, and free-range livestock and poultry.
2. Grow Your Own
Not everyone can host a full-fledged vegetable garden in the backyard, but that kitchen window sill is the perfect place to host home-grown herb gardens.
From basil to thyme to cilantro, hosting an herb garden in the kitchen can save you time and energy.
No more running out to the store to replace that six dollar plastic bottle of flavorless basil flakes or rummaging through the produce section for a decent bunch of parsley. Just walk over to the window, snip off what you need, and get back to your recipe.
Added bonus? Most herb plants are hardy and will keep producing as long as you provide them with basic care, so you can spend $20 on a few seed packets and reap the benefits for as long as possible.
3. Manual is Smarter
Do you really need a dishwasher for your apartment? Is that stand mixer crucial to your cookie recipes? What about your coffee maker?
While coffee might actually be essential to your day-to-day operations, consider ditching some of your electric appliances in favor of good ol’ elbow grease.
Especially if you’re living in an apartment or condo, going manual in the kitchen can be a sanity saver. Sure, you’ll have to mix up that batch of cookies by hand and scrub your own dishes, but think of the money you’ll save and the extra space you’ll have in your kitchen (more room for those herbs!).
4. Go Smaller
Using smaller appliances in your home means using less energy and making smarter choices in the kitchen. From space-efficient refrigerators to slimmer dishwashers, making more out of your kitchen space can reap larger benefits, like savings on your energy bill, a smarter grocery list, and even more space for that in-home tiny garden. Make sure these smaller appliances are Energy Star-rated before you bring them into your home.
5. Better Storage
Glass, BPA free, and recycled-material canisters and food storage are great options for your kitchen.
While they’ll be more expensive than the cheap plastic sets from Glad, it’ll be worth it to invest in a longer-lasting, smarter set of food storage.
Already have a green-themed kitchen in your home? Share how your space in the comments below!