Tech Set #8: Green Kitchen Remodel
No wonder we call it the heart of the home. A well-designed, attractive kitchen gives a home life. All that liveliness, though, is probably the single biggest energy drain in your home.
The kitchen uses more energy than any other room in the average home. Not only must it be heated and cooled like a normal room, but it typically has more lighting than other rooms, and several large appliances. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven & range in the kitchen account for approximately 10% of an average home's energy use.
So when you're engaged in new construction or remodeling, the kitchen presents a big opportunity to improve the home's energy performance. And that's just the beginning. Broadening the scope of a kitchen remodel to also include ecological benefits, accessibility, and occupant health considerations will provide for a more comfortable, affordable and safe home.
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Content updated on 9/14/2007