If you are building or renovating the custom kitchen you have always dreamed of, you have the opportunity to make green selections that will add value to both your life and property. Being green is not a fashion but a way of living that respects the environment and cares for future generations. Sunset Homes, Calgary´s inner city home builder, is a proud member of Built Green Canada and Canada Green Building Council. That means we are committed to green building and believe in using environmentally friendly techniques during all our processes.
As you may know, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in a home, which also makes it the perfect place to implement beneficial green practices on a daily basis. In our experience as Calgary custom home builders, we have learned the many advantages of green homes: Reduced operating costs, larger resale value, more durability, lower environmental impact, healthier spaces, and even rebate eligibility for homeowners. And you can also enjoy all these benefits by making environmentally friendly choices. With that in mind, we have prepared a list of green options for your new custom kitchen that will make your home ―and the planet― a much better place.
Install Energy Efficient Windows and Bulbs
One of the most important elements of a great kitchen is light. Clear and open kitchens provide a calm space to enjoy your morning coffee and also the inspiration to make delicious and colourful dishes. Ask your Calgary home builder to incorporate energy efficient windows to provide tons of natural light while keeping the interior temperature of your kitchen on the right levels during warm and cold months. Also, go for dimmers and LED bulbs that will add efficiency to your home and reduce your energy costs.
Choose Energy Star Appliances
The best appliances to make your kitchen environmentally friendly are the ones that comply with the Energy Star standards. They are energy efficient because they use considerable less water and energy than regular appliances, which also make them more durable. Think about refrigerators, freezers, washers, air conditioning, dehumidifiers, and heaters. If you are remodelling your kitchen and are not sure about what to do with your old appliances, your home builder in Calgary is the right guide for you.
Go Smart in your New Kitchen
Making your kitchen smarter can also make it greener and more efficient. It is all about choosing the right gadgets and elements. Calgary custom home builders are more interested every day in kitchen automation elements because they can make you save even more water and energy while making your life easier. For example, Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulbs will help you to control and program your lights so there are no lights on when nobody is around. And to save water, Bluetooth and low flow smart faucets are the best way to go.
Everyday Eco-Friendly Practices
When your kitchen building or renovation is over and in conformity with Advanced building techniques, you can start incorporating green practices in the everyday use of your kitchen. As Calgary infill home builders, we always suggest our homeowners to prefer reusable bags for shopping and reusable bottles for drinking. You can also start using towels instead of disposable paper. Another nice tip is to buy in bulk and prefer plastic-free food at home. And if you are ready to go to a whole new level, try to buy sustainable utensils, clean your custom kitchen with eco-friendly products, and make compost for your plants with biodegradable scraps.
Ready for an eco-friendly kitchen? Contact us today! We will prepare an estimate for your new custom build or major renovation, and provide you with the right tools for every step of the custom home building process.
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Too Long Didn't Read (TLDR)
If you are ready to have an eco-friendly kitchen, install energy efficient windows and bulbs, choose Energy Star appliances, include kitchen automation elements, and incorporate eco-friendly practices in your kitchen every day.