10 Ways to “Green” Your Kitchen

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If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, you owe it to yourself to check out Chow.com’s list of 10 ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly. A surprising thing on their list is to buy a dishwasher, which apparently can save you big time on your water bill. (37% according to the California Energy Commission).

Let me clarify, they say to buy a dishwater that is less than ten years old. If you’ve got an old clunker, then forget it. Also, avoid using the heat dry option, and run your dishwasher full.

I’ve been washing my dishes by hand for years, thinking I was saving water. I just soak them a bit, turn off the water, wash them all without using extra water, and rinse! Am I really using 37% more than if I were using a dishwasher? Something to ponder….

In general, their list has some great tips on it.

Some other things I would add to the list by the way are composting your kitchen scraps, and use natural citrus oils for kitchen pest control.


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