Andy Briggs, resident interior designer at Optiplan Kitchens, offers some tips on how to make considerate choices in the kitchen design stage
We’re becoming increasingly aware of the impact that our daily lifestyles have on the environment and we’re keen to adapt in order to reduce this. So if you’re taking on a kitchen renovation, start as you mean to go on and incorporate energy-efficient elements where you can.
Amongst the many important decisions when taking on a kitchen renovation is choosing which kitchen appliances to go for. Choosing an energy efficient appliance could help you to make significant savings whilst also reducing your impact on the environment. However, it’s important to do your research in advance so that you can make an educated decision that is right for you and your home. Whilst the highest possible energy rating for an appliance is A+++, you should also consider the consumption habits of your household. If you choose a washing machine simply for its positive energy rating yet its capacity size is much bigger than required, then you’ll be using more energy that you need.
Introduction to induction
Induction hobs are incredibly energy efficient as they are designed to not waste any heat. Their clever mechanism of heating can mean that a pan of water will boil in almost half the time of a gas equivalent. This type of appliance can give you an extra level of control over your cooking, especially when it comes to making delicate adjustments to the temperature, which is crucial for caramelising, searing or simmering.
Hot water taps
A hot water tap provides an energy efficient and safe solution to accessing instant boiling water. Typically, kettles are overfilled so you’ll be boiling more water than you need, but with an instant tap, you’ll only use the desired amount, meaning no energy or water is wasted. It also means that you’ll be able to have a cup of tea brewing in no time.
Storage for recycling bins
Nothing looks more unsightly than a beautiful new kitchen with a cluttered recycling bin overflowing in the corner. Allow your kitchen to operate with the environment front of mind, but still looking stunning and stylish. At the design stage, speak to your kitchen designer about the option of having a dedicated storage cupboard as a home for your built-in recycling bins.