Is it possible to include antique appliances in my kitchen renovation and still be green?

Asked by Kim
Riverton, NJ

I love the look of antique appliances but am planning on being as environmentally friendly as possible during my kitchen reno. I am having a hard time finding budget friendly 'antique-looking' new appliances. Can restored antique appliances be energy star compliant? Any ideas?


Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Answered by Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Los Angeles, CA

Polly Osborne Architects

May 24, 2013

Dear Kim,

Energy Star rates refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, water heaters and dish washers.

So if you saved a lovely ancient stove from a landfill and bought the rest new you would be getting the biggest of the energy hogs of the kitchen taken care of; that’s the refrigerator for electricity and the dishwasher for water.

  • That being said, old gas ranges are lit with a pilot light and that is eating up gas as well as being dangerous.
  • Old electric stoves aren’t efficient or any fun at all to cook on.
  • Leave the electric burner top on and lean against it and woosh, you are on fire.

Might I suggest a range that looks oldish, like a Blue Star or Wolf. Blue Stars are lovely and you can order them in a ton of different colors, which will remind you of old enamel stoves, but you will be using a safe, efficient modern appliance made in the USA.

The refrigerator you can hide with a cabinet front and there are many sinks out there that look old but are new. 


For more information:

Read "Are old appliances green because we are reusing, or not green because they are not Energy Star?" a Q&A answered by David Bergman.

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