Gaining efficiency throughout all areas of the home is a great way to save money and help the environment, but the kitchen is the room that offers the greatest gains when being remodeled. Kitchens use more energy than any other room of the home: through refrigerators, stoves, ovens, dish washers and a variety of other appliances that can be used for cooking and cleaning. Any successful green remodel of a kitchen should have high efficiency appliances and a goal of energy savings through every means possible.
When you are planning the remodel of your kitchen, make sure to look for gains not only in energy efficiency, but in the economic use of space. Building an island near the center of the kitchen is a favorite design concept because of how much counter and storage space it adds. Look to also add cabinetry and shelving in important places near cooking surfaces and appliances. Don’t be afraid to voice ideas to the design team, as the ultimate goal of your kitchen remodel is to create a cooking and eating space that is just right for you and your family.