Stuart Cooper of Cooper Weston, shares the best tips and tricks for becoming the ultimate eco-hero, yet without compromising on your electric style.
When considering how to personally save the environment from fiery apocalypse while simultaneously saving a few pennies, the kitchen, being the central hub of appliances, is the best place to start. If you’re refitting or remodelling, use it as a chance to design your dream kitchen with the environment in mind. Start by focusing on your main suspects: lighting fixtures and appliances.
I see the light!
From being able to prepare food safely to creating the right mood for entertaining, your lighting will vary throughout your kitchen. However, to cut CO2 emissions, you don’t dare have to compromise on style! The fixtures aren’t the issue; it’s those pesky bulbs, but these can be replaced with energy efficient LEDs.
Once you have chosen your fixtures – such as a pendant light with popular rise and fall functions, that suits your overall colour scheme – you can swap your old bulbs for LEDs and even Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). Or perhaps opt for ambiance; select a dimmer switch to allow you to craft a variety of moods while saving energy at the same time.
The amazing appliance solution
Appliances aren’t just practical; they also act as talking points and display features in your kitchen; especially the brand new high-tech coffee machine, which will be sure to impress your guests. Due to all new appliances carrying an official energy rating from A-E, you can now show-off your selection completely guilt-free!
In addition to energy expenditure, it’s useful to know what that energy costs; Which’s appliance counter is free to use on their website and lets you know how much your appliances cost to run. Use this tool as a way to prioritise your items and how often you use them. Something to consider is that even if you end up blacklisting a food processor, it can still look pretty sitting on your counter!
Initialise the insulation
One of the best ways to create a wonderfully welcoming kitchen environment is by installing windows that help let the light and heat in, and keep the cold air out. By having energy efficient, double-glazed or even tremendous triple-glazed windows, you can cleverly control your kitchen temperature.
When planning your windows, ask your supplier for the energy rating, which works on a scale from A-G (the BFRC rating), where A means it’s super efficient and G means it doesn’t insulate well. Once the kitchen has been planned, your chosen frames and stylings can then be replicated throughout your entire property, giving you a consistent exterior aesthetic.
Waste? What waste?
While not as glamorous as new fittings and appliances, waste reduction highlights the practical nature of the kitchen. With any organic waste that remains from a weekly shop, don’t throw it away; use it to make compost that can help your garden plants, spices and herbs thrive.
In the last few years, home composting has become a popular way to improve both the results of gardening and the satisfaction of home cooking, as you gain the privilege of growing your own fresh produce.
Whatever your plans are with your kitchen design, ultimately you can have it all. If you choose to focus on energy efficiency as well as style, you future-proof your investment and ensure you make long-term savings.
(Pictures credited to cooperweston.co.uk)