Green has become more than a color. It describes a way of life where the protection of the environment through the reduction of waste. The word “green” has become synonymous with health and trendiness. To facilitate the “green” lifestyle, there are green, hybrid cars that run on electricity and gas, and green, environmentally-friendly home appliances that use less energy.
You eat green-colored vegetables so you and your family can be physically healthy. You also have a goal to limit your family’s carbon footprint and live a “greener” lifestyle. Some routines and practices you’ve since adopted and incorporated into your daily life include recycling, combining car trips, walking or riding your bike when possible and bringing reusable shopping bags to carry your groceries in.
While you’re off to a great start, you want to do more.
Surprisingly, it is easy to live a “green” lifestyle, especially when it comes to your kitchen and cooking. Yep, you can alter your cooking and make small (or large) changes to your kitchen to make it more environmentally friendly.
Have Good-Quality Utensils, Serveware, Pots, and Pans
Whether it’s a simple metal teaspoon or a professional-grade mixer, quality matters. Not only does good-quality stuff look better, but it lasts longer and the longer something is used and doesn’t break, the less material that makes its way into the landfill.
When it comes to serving utensils, it may be tempting to simply pick up a missing butter knife at a dollar store and call it good. While it may save you money and get you out of an immediate bind, chances are that knife will not last as long as one that is made of more superior material.
Good-quality pots and pans aren’t cheap either and for good reason: they will last many years. In fact, they can possibly last multiple generations if properly taken care.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances
To protect the planet and reduce their energy costs, Americans are flocking towards energy-efficient kitchen appliances. More ovens, stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators are coming onto the market as being energy-efficient. These appliances are marked with an “Energy Star” label.
Of course, this involves purchasing new appliances. Even if it’s not in your budget to get an energy-efficient appliance, downsizing to a smaller appliance will cut down on your energy usage.
If your appliances aren’t working as they should, look to see if they could be fixed and if the repair is worth it before immediately springing for a new one. Simply fixing an old appliance will improve its energy efficiency.
Be Wise When Using the Oven
The oven takes a lot of power to warm up, so using it as sparingly and as wisely as possible can save you costs on energy.
Most people have grown up with the notion of pre-heating the oven before you place your meal in it. Many recipes still say to do this. With the advancements in kitchen appliances, no waiting around for a certain temperature is needed. Modern ovens can now immediately heat up to the preset temperature. Simply turn the oven on, set the temperature and place the food right in.
Placing one or two things inside a big oven is also not a good idea as it is a waste of heat and energy. A better alternative is to use a toaster oven or a microwave. The same principle can be applied to pots on the stove. Placing a 6-inch diameter pot on a burner that is eight inches can cause significant heat to be lost and wasted.
Food preparation isn’t just about losing weight by restricting what you eat. It can help control how much you eat. Food waste is one of the biggest ways people can enlarge their carbon footprint on the environment. Food that should have been used or spoiled food that could have been used as compost finds its way to the landfill. Food waste also costs your family more money.
When preparing food, plan out multiple meals ahead of time and only buy those items at the store. It also isn’t a bad idea to make large, bulk meals and have leftovers. At many stores, bulk food items have less packaging which means less trash. At the same time, be sure to only buy and make the amount of food you’ll actually eat.
Living a “green,” sustainable lifestyle is an admirable one. It helps preserve the environment and it helps save you money. Being sustainable doesn’t necessarily mean expensive nor does it require you to make drastic lifestyle changes.
Being mindful of how you cook and what you use to cook with can be effective ways to lower your carbon footprint.
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