It’s a familiar scenario – you want to to your bit to help the environment, but you’re always so busy with work, family and, well, life.
Don’t worry – we understand. While it’s not always an option to head outside, plant trees and rally in protests, there are little things you can do to make a difference. One of these options is to replace the appliances inside your home with more environmentally friendly alternatives.
Here are some to consider!
1. Eco-Friendly Refrigerators
Your refrigerator is likely taking up the most energy and electricity in your kitchen, so switching to an energy-saving model is key for a greener lifestyle.
When searching for a new refrigerator, you’ll need to look for models with Energy Star ratings to compare how much energy each model uses.
Choosing a model with a high rating will ensure less energy use as well as saving you money while still keeping your food cool.
2. Magnetic Induction Cooker Tops
Instead of a traditional cooker top, consider how energy efficient magnetic induction could be the best choice for your kitchen.
Instead of the hobs you are likely used to, magnetic induction cooker tops consist of a smooth, flat surface on which to place your pans. Using magnetism, the heat is transferred directly through to the pan to heat its contents without having to release wasted heat into the surroundings.
These cooker tops heat up very quickly and are adjustable. They are similar to a regular gas cooker to use – just greener!
3. Energy Star Rated Dishwashers
If you’re shopping for a new dishwasher, you’ll find that just like fridges, many of the models on the market today come with Energy Star ratings. These models are a minimum of 10 percent more efficient than competitors and usually, come with cycle options that are friendlier to the environment such as ‘eco wash’. These are faster, cooler and use far less energy.
4. Energy Saving Microwaves
A microwave can be an invaluable tool in any kitchen. Whether you’re busy during the week and rely on fast meals, or you simply can’t wait to heat up a delicious snack, microwaves are ideal for speedy eating. But with concerns of radiation and emissions, they’re sometimes avoided.
However, microwaves, in general, consume around half as much energy as a conventional stove, making them a great choice!
If you have concerns, simply choose a model without a glass door, which is usually the element that increases emissions.
5. Exhaust Hoods: Chimni
Some ovens have exhaust hoods, and some don’t, but if you’re interested in installing one, an eco-friendly option is your best bet.
As with other appliances, exhaust hoods are available with Energy Star ratings. Not only will these use around 65% less energy than traditional exhaust hoods, but they’ll also be quieter to use!
If you have an eco-friendly exhaust hood, you can use it as much as you wish without feeling bad about affecting the air around you.
Do you have any green appliances in your home? Share your favourites below, we’d love to hear your recommendations!