Making your kitchen eco-friendly

There are a number of ways to ensure your kitchen is as eco-friendly as possible. Not only does this minimise the impact on the environment, but it will also save you a lot of money!

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Choose energy efficient appliances

Perhaps the most important factor in determining how ‘green’ your kitchen is will be your choice of appliances. All appliances sold today have energy efficiency labelling – the more stars the better. Here is a great site for comparing and choosing appliances based on their efficiency:

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Choose a water-efficient dishwasher and tapware

Efficient dishwashers can use less than half the water of inefficient models. Similarly, some taps use up to 18 litres of water a minute while low-flow models can reduce that to 2 litres. This site will let you select a dishwasher and tapware by their water consumption:

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme

Tips to help you keep your kitchen green

Your fridge:

    • Choose a model with a high energy star rating
    • Try not to open the door too often, and don’t leave it open
    • Keep it in a cool place, out of the sun and away from the oven
    • Keep it well ventilated – allow at least 80mm at the rear
    • Check the seals regularly and replace them if there are gaps

 

Your oven and cooktop:

  • Opt for gas where possible, it will cost about half as much to run and will produce half the greenhouse gas as an electric equivalent
  • Don’t boil more water than you need, and keep the lid on when heating up
  • Try not to open the oven door while cooking
  • Fan-forced ovens are about 30 percent more efficient, using less energy and speeding up cooking
  • Boil water with the kettle – it’s more efficient than the stove
  • Thaw out frozen foods in the fridge overnight rather than defrosting with the microwave

Your dishwasher:

  • Choose a model with a high energy star rating
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s full – the energy and water used is the same no matter how full or empty it is
  • Try using a shorter wash cycle and lower water temperature – you may find it cleans perfectly on an ‘Eco’ setting
  • Opt for air-drying by opening the door rather than the drying cycle to dry your dishes

Your food selection:

  • According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, “26% of our greenhouse pollution, 47% of our water use and almost 60% of our eco-footprint is embodied in the food we buy”
  • Try growing your own! It’s very satisfying to watch it grow (the kids will love it) and then turn it into a meal. You’ll save a bundle too!
  • Buy local produce wherever possible
  • Buy food in season – it’s cheaper and tastes better
  • Buy organic when you can – it’s better for you and pesticide free
  • Buy food with as little packaging as possible, and take reusable shopping bags with you