Cutting a dash in the kitchen with the latest energy saving tricks and style tips
Your kitchen is the one room in your house where you can really make a difference when it comes to your carbon footprint.
By choosing the most energy efficient appliances and products on the market you will have taken your first step towards a greener home.
All kitchen appliances must have an energy rating, so look out for these labels when on the search for replacement goods – an energy rating of A +++ is the highest.
Believe it or not kettles use a huge amount of energy, so think again when filling it to the top and only put in the amount you think you’ll need.
New dishwashers and washing machines all now have an eco setting on them – or have a cycle option that uses less water – so get washing wise and set it to this each time.
Remember, not everything has to be new to be green though. If you’re fitting a replacement kitchen sometimes it’s a clever idea to re-use materials. There are some fantastic products available these days at knockdown prices on internet sites, in reclamation yards and maybe still sitting gathering dust in your garage.
Old meets new can, and does, work!
When thinking about work surfaces don’t dismiss recycled materials. Composite stone, made from aggregate and resin, gives a fabulous finish and provides an industrial edge to modern kitchens.
When it comes to sinks, tap into current thinking and fit an aerator which can cut water usage by 50% and fixes drips which can account for up to 26 litres of lost water each day!
Kitchen refits can prove a costly exercise, particularly if starting from scratch, so think long and hard before launching in. Come along to our J Hart showroom and get plenty of ideas before committing to the first one you see. Spend time looking. It could save you time and money in the long run.
You’re changing what is undoubtedly the busiest room in the house and once you’ve got the green credentials sorted, think about what you want the layout to be. That can save another type of energy – yours!
When planning for this space there are several kitchen design ideas you can apply to push your cookery haven to its fullest potential.
Top Tips for getting it right!
• Make workflow your first priority
• Mix and match – old can meet new for the wow factor
• Choose your lighting as you go along
• Plan worktop space next to the oven/hob for prep work and next to the fridge for unpacking shopping
• Good storage is essential
• Position appliances so two people can work comfortably alongside each other
• The ideal place for a dishwasher is between the sink and cooking area
• When choosing your layout – whether it’s galley, L-shaped, U-shaped or Island – get your workspace right and it will make kitchen time one of your favourite pastimes!
How J Hart can help
Deciding on a new kitchen is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to improving the look and feel of the busiest room in your home. It should be an enjoyable and informative experience and that’s where we come in.
We will walk and talk you through every step of the process, and once your new kitchen has been designed and installed by our professional team, we offer an aftersales and maintenance service that is second to none.