Completing a makeover on your kitchen is one of the most popular home improvements. There is a simple reason why this is the case; the kitchen is generally the most used room in the house.

In effect it is the communal meeting area and the place that sets the tone for the rest of your home. It is also the renovation that offers the best return on your money when you sell.

But, you don’t need to spend a fortune to update your kitchen; and it is even possible to do it in a planet friendly way. Here are some great ideas to get you started:

Replacing Doors & Countertops

Ripping out and redoing your kitchen is extremely disruptive to everyday life. It can also cost you a significant sum of money.

Instead you can locate a good residential joinery firm and have them custom make cupboard doors and countertops for you. This will give you the appearance of a bespoke kitchen at a fraction of the cost.

Keep it green by insisting that the firm involved use recycled or reclaimed wood. This will ensure you are not having a negative effect on the planet.

You can have virtually any design you wish without having to worry about the detrimental effects.

Use Bamboo

It is also worth considering using bamboo. You can get cutting boards made from this wood and even flooring.

The best part is that while it completely changes the look and feel of your kitchen bamboo is extremely fast growing. Providing you use bamboo products from an environmentally friendly source the bamboo will be growing back almost as fast as it’s used.

Cork

This is also the product of trees but unlike most wood cork can harvested without needing to kill the tree.

In recent years this has become a popular option, especially for the floor. The fact that it absorbs sounds and is resistant to most molds means that it is an excellent choice for your kitchen.

It will give it a more natural feel.

Replace Your Refrigerator

Did you know that side by side refrigerators and freezers use much more energy than the top and bottom style ones? This is not just an age thing, it also relates to the positioning of the units; they are unable to share compressors and benefit from the coolness they both create.

Of course, if you’ve just bought side to side units it is not eco to replace them straight away; think of the harm caused to the environment when they were created.

Add A Recycling Unit

Recycling has become common place in most homes but it does take up extra space. Having 2, 3 or even 4 different bins can be difficult.

This is why you need to free a little cupboard space and install a recycling station. It will make it much easier to put the waste in the right bins; ensuring you are doing your bit for the environment.

Go Natural

If you have chairs in your kitchen consider using cotton or wool to create the seat coverings. These are eco-friendly products as opposed to many man-made substances which usually contain chemicals that can harm the environment.

Get The Light Right

Recessed lights can use significantly more energy than fluorescent ones. You should consider changing your lights and allowing as much natural light in as possible. This will help to ensure your energy bills are lower.

In turn this will reduce your environmental impact and improve the eco rating of your home.

It is also a good idea to turn off your appliances when not in use. This will help to ensure they are not wasting electricity when you’re not using them.

Check Your Cleaning Products

Many cleaning products are extremely effective because they are full of manmade chemicals. Unfortunately many of these are actually harmful to the environment.

Take a look at what’s in your cupboards and when you start to run out consider purchasing eco-friendly products or even making your own at home.

It is also worth looking at your regular food shop to see what products have no place in an eco kitchen. Of course, it’s not easy to change everything overnight but you have to start somewhere.

Repaint

When your kitchen starts to look a little tired a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. All you need to do is make sure it’s environmentally friendly paint. It needs to have no VOCs.

Try these tips today and let us know how you got on; they are just the tip of the iceberg!