Tips on designing a sustainable kitchen

As we become increasingly environmentally conscious, many are prioritising turning their homes into more sustainable abodes boasting commendably reduced carbon footprints.

And none more so than in the kitchen, one of the most well-used rooms in a home, dedicated to preparing meals, wining, dining and socialising.


If you’re determined to reap the many benefits of having a more energy-efficient home, check out the following tips on designing a sustainable kitchen.


Appliance upgrades


Replace appliances with eco-friendly upgrades to minimise the energy used when doing the likes of washing, drying, and cooking. Opt for A-rated appliances that come with the highest standards in eco-efficiency.


Maximise daylight and swap to LED lighting


Aim to maximise natural light in the kitchen so there is less reliance on artificial lighting. Swap energy-draining lightbulbs with LED lighting, which is more efficient and cheaper to run.


Easy to clean surfaces


Select easy to clean work surfaces so that less chemicals are required to keep the kitchen clean and hygienic.


Prioritise composting   


Did you know that 75% of kitchen waste is biodegradable? Taking the time to compost waste will mean you are doing your bit for the planet and will ensure your kitchen is committed to sustainable practices.


There is a host of stylish and inexpensive containers for composting kitchen waste available that will make a stylish addition to a kitchen that testifies its sustainability credentials.


Install a smart meter


Installing a smart meter in the kitchen with an intuitive display will encourage awareness of energy use and the savings that can be made by cutting back. Again, it will add to the space’s eco-aware credentials.


Internet control of key appliances


Similarly, save considerable amounts of energy in the home by using internet control of key appliances like freezers so they don’t operate at peak load times.


Prioritise saving water


Kitchens can also be designed to use water more sustainably. The likes of smaller sinks, flow control on taps, regularly checking for drips, and kettles that operate with reduced amounts of water, will help reduce water consumption in a kitchen and create a more environmentally friendly space.


Call in the experts

Like every aspect of interior design, recruiting an experienced, talented and knowledgeable interior designer to assist with a project can be an invaluable investment in ensuring you acquire the sustainable kitchen of your dreams.

Jonathan Caplan

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Jonathan Caplan

I co-founded New ID Living with my brother, Daniel and over the years we have developed and expanded the business together including the purchase of a flooring company...
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