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5 Green Kitchen Remodeling Projects for Newbie DIYers

by Kelly Richardson

Green Kitchen Remodeling Projects

Here are five basic green kitchen remodel ideas that are perfect starting points for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. They're also comparatively inexpensive when you consider the amount of money you'll be saving in energy consumption in the long term.

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1. Low-VOC Paints and Finishes
Many conventional paints and finishes contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can emit potentially harmful gasses. Switch to low- and no-VOC paints that are odorless and gas-free.

2. Cabinet Refacing with Recycled Material
Instead of using common particleboard or fiberboard, look for sealed versions that are moisture resistant.

3. Energy- and Resource-Efficient Appliances
This is perhaps the most simple of all projects because there's nothing to it but selecting and buying. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on the package.

4. Eco-Friendly Flooring
Consider bamboo, cork, and eucalyptus flooring products. They are sustainable alternatives to slower-growing hardwoods, and the process to cultivate them is eco-conscious.

5. Task Lighting and Lighting Controls
You can save a great deal of money by installing inexpensive lighting controls on existing kitchen lamination.

Questions to Ask Before the Kitchen Remodel Project

According to CHOW's green glossary, the following questions should be answered by your home and garden specialist before deciding on a product in your green kitchen remodeling efforts.

  • Does the material contain recycled or renewable content?
  • Does the material meet or beat strict indoor air quality standards?
  • Does the material reduce energy or water consumption?

Most truly "green" products will have these standards listed prominently on their packaging or in the manufacturer's information book. It's worth spending the time shopping around for products that meet the green standards.

About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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