Elements of a Green Kitchen
Kitchens get an eco-friendly boost from energy-efficient appliances, water-saving fixtures and improvements in indoor air quality.
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The easiest way to go green is to boot energy-gobbling appliances. If you're thinking of renovating, consider complying with green building standards, such as the EPA's Energy Star or the Department of Energy's Building America, which are 30 percent to 70 percent more efficient than regular code. A green kitchen remodel won't bring your entire home up to green standards, but it will noticeably fatten your wallet.
Photos by Scott Martin, Blue Plum Design
A professional designer or contractor can help you create the eco-kitchen of your dreams.
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