At the heart of every family home is the kitchen, the space where we are fed, family memories are made, and tradition is passed. Obsolete kitchen appliances and amenities can make kitchen tasks less pleasurable.
Bringing your kitchen into the twentieth century is not only a way to provide a warm and comfortable space for your family, it is also a way to pay family tradition forward and work to improve the future.
Re-use, recycle and conserve: Keys to the 21st century kitchen
Today, we face a daunting task of lessening our carbon footprint, or the amount of carbon and greenhouse gases released from direct or indirect fossil fuel consumption.
Most of a family’s carbon footprint comes from indirect sources, such as the fuel used to generate electricity, or burned to produce products used in the household.
A significant reduction in carbon load and greenhouse gas emission can be made by following these five suggestions that will bring your kitchen into the 21st century:
1. Energy Star appliances. Not only are they more efficient (reducing energy costs by 10% – 50%), they are also designed around contemporary gourmet trends in American culinary circles.
2. Window greenhouse. This allows you to grow your own herbs and also to grow other things like winter tomatoes and other pot vegetables. Plans can be found at the following website: http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/window-greenhouse-zmaz87ndzgoe.aspx.
3. Recycling bins. A 21st century kitchen can be organized around providing the proper receptacles that make recycling not only easy, but a “no-brainer.”
4. Recycling grey water. Reusing water from the kitchen in your garden or lawn is one way to decrease your reliance on city water.
5. Composting made easy. At the core of the green movement is the idea of re-using and sustainability, made easy if kitchen composting is built in to the space.
There are many other options for creating a 21st century kitchen that is both utilitarian and pleasant, ranging from constructing pantry space to making space for family meals in a casual environment.
However, we, as a nation, must refocus both our expectations and our practices around the ideas of sustainability and conservation in order to ensure a world that is both livable and pleasant for future generations.
Building in conservation and sustainability to that core area of the home, the kitchen, thus works to not only increase your family’s quality of life, but also promotes the interests of your family’s future.
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