By Shereen Lurie

Not only is a “green” kitchen good for the environment but it can also help you save money too.

Induction and gas hobs

Induction or gas hobs help reduce the current drawn by creating instant heat, efficient heat delivery and quick cool down time.

AAA rated appliances

Make sure you buy appliances (microwaves, washes, fridges etc.) that are AAA rated for highest efficiency.  Always remember to run a full load of dishes and clothes in order to reduce the number of loads – also use the “Eco” settings available. Use the fridge temperature adjustment wisely i.e. the lowest setting in winter and higher (colder) setting in summer.

Separate waste

Separate your waste into organic and recyclables. In-sink-erators dispose of organic waste by blending it into small enough pieces to go down the drain, thereby freeing your waste bin for non-organic waste. Composting your organic waste is another eco-friendly option.

Be water-wise

Try and avoid filling the kettle to the maximum line unless you intend using all of it. Make use of low-flow taps which work by introducing tiny air bubbles into the water stream to reduce the amount of water consumed.

Beautiful bamboo

Consider using eco-friendly materials when redoing your kitchen. Bamboo is a fast-growing plant and an extremely durable and hardwearing material for your floor. Go the extra mile and check with your supplier that materials are sourced from within a 50-100 kilometer radius to reduce transport distances and fuel consumption.