When you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, you may want to do so in an eco-friendly way, but don’t necessarily want to spend an arm and a leg in the process. In some instances, green renovations can be costly, but they don’t always have to be. If you plan your renovation with eco, yet budget-friendly adjustments in mind, you could find that both you and the environment are reaping the rewards.

Here are some areas and items to focus upon during your kitchen renovation that could help you make it more eco-friendly and save you money at the same time.

Natural Lighting

Depending upon the layout and design of your kitchen, this option could be a bit more work than you want to take on, but adding natural lighting it is certainly an eco-friendly way to brighten your kitchen. Adding a skylight or replacing, enlarging or adding windows can brighten your kitchen space and reduce your energy consumption due to electric lights.

If windows aren’t an option, you still might be able to impact the look of your kitchen with the simple replacement of old, possibly less effective lighting. Old bulbs or fixtures could be making your kitchen look dark, dingy and drab, and with the addition of compact fluorescent bulbs and maybe a few fixture adjustments or moves, you could significantly reduce the wattage required to light your kitchen.

Cabinets

Cabinets can be one of the most expensive items to renovate in your kitchen, but doing so can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of the space. Throwing out old cabinets without considering the impact of your actions could leave you out a lot of money and doing harm to the environment as well.

Instead, consider options that could allow you to keep your old cabinets, thereby saving money and helping the environment at the same time. With the addition of new hardware or a coat or two of paint, you could have your cabinets looking like new. And if you really want to push the eco-friendly boundaries, consider environmentally friendly paint options, and maybe even keep the old hardware from your cabinets to be reused as replacement knobs, sold them in a garage sale, given to a friend in need, or donated to charity.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Renovating your kitchen with environmentally friendly energy efficient appliances could put a pretty big dent in your wallet. Doing so however, could also provide you with significant savings both in money and electricity over time. It is important to bear in mind if you decide to go the new appliance route that it isn’t just about finding new energy efficient appliances, but about ensuring your old one’s end up in the right place as well.

Making sure that old appliances are resold, recycled, reused or donated can keep them from the dump, and if your old items are not longer working it is important to ensure that they are disposed of properly and in an environmentally friendly way. You can check the Internet for eco-friendly disposal options in your area. Sometimes your electric company will even pay you for the opportunity to come and pick up your old appliances.

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