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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This San Rafael kitchen features a Silgranit sink by Blanco America.

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.

Resources
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


Blue Plum Design


BuildingGreen


Building America


Energy Star


EPA


NAHB Research Center


National Kitchen & Bath Association


U.S. Green Building Council


Photos by Scott Martin, Blue Plum Design

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