Question

What are the best products to use to make the kitchen GREEN?

Asked by Carol Tillotson
Butler, PA

Are there kitchen appiances--refrigerator, dishwasher, range, microwave that are more green in any way but energy efficiency? Do you know of any cabinet companies in W. Pennsylvania that are known for green products?

Answer

When choosing a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label. These appliances meet and or exceed the minimum standards for energy consumption stipulated by the Department of Energy.

  • Compare the energy efficiency of Energy Star rated brands which you consider to be reliable.
  • You will note that the more efficient, the more costly the appliance becomes.

One recommendation I will make is to look into an induction cook top. They do not produce latent heat thru either an open flame or resistant heating coil.

  • These cook tops are cool to the touch when on, and only heat the metal surface of the cooking pot, skillet or pan which is placed on the cook top.
  • Because of the reduced latent heat given off, you can reduce the amount of CFMs (cubic feet per minute) produced by the exhaust fan, again reducing energy consumption.

As to cabinet companies, most cabinet manufacturers currently meet the standards of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

If you wish to go one step further you can look for a custom cabinet manufacturer in your area and request that the cabinets are made from Pure Bond plywood manufactured by Columbia Forest Products. Pure Bond does not contain any added formaldehyde, making it a healthy choice.

 

For more information:

Read "I would like a list of green kitchen cabinet manufacturers." a Q&A answered by Molly McCabe.

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