Build a Greener Kitchen


Remodeling the kitchen presents many opportunities to reduce energy and the amount of toxins in the air. Some ways to do so include installing Energy Star appliances, using materials with low-volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are formaldehyde-free, avoiding vinyl and using an exhaust fan and a range hood vented outside.

The refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave, in that order, draw the most energy, so this is the order in which residents should prioritize purchasing energy-efficient versions of the appliances. The refrigerator utilizes the most electricity because it runs constantly. An electric induction cooktop is one high-priced, energy-efficient appliance that is likely to decrease in cost. It is 85 percent to 90 percent efficient, which will lower an occupant’s energy bills.

Gwen Biasi,
Director of Marketing and Communications for NARI

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