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Eco Friendly or Recycled Kitchens - 1

Looking for an Eco Friendly or possibly some commitment towards a Recycled Kitchen?

Eco-friendly kitchens are one of the biggest demands at the moment in kitchen design, and one on which the manufacturers are increasingly looking to satisfy. Manufacturers are constantly looking to add new products and use more environmentally-friendly materials and improve production methods to ensure that kitchens of the future will be kinder to the planet and more efficient for the user.

At the fore-front of the rush to gain more environmentally-friendly products are the appliance manufacturers. By law, new machines must now carry the European Energy Label rating them from A (most efficient/least energy used) to G (least efficient/most energy used) in 2011 this was extended to even higher efficient ratings above A. Visit this page to understand how the Energy Saving Recommended logo displayed on appliances, shows you how the most efficient products can save you money in the day-to-day running costs.

Buying a new washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher or electric oven, it is now important to choose the most energy efficient one. For some, brand new appliances may be a bit too pricey. If that is the case, no worries, because you can update your existing appliances with the help of these guys. In the end, You could find yourself making significant financial savings every year and help to cut down on general energy usage for both your home and the environment.

For seven of the greenest kitchen appliances of 2012 - see below.

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If it is an environmentally conscious kitchen you are looking for there are some recycled or environmentally certified safe materials you can use,

    • EGGER board, which is used in all our kitchen cabinets, process various forms of wood waste and recycle it for use in producing chipboard panels for kitchen cabinets - see the recycle chart above.

    • PARAPAN® acrylic doors are also 100% recyclable and all the waste produced in the UK is used for samples or recycled, Parapan® is a zero waste product.

    • Timber is a good choice as long as the wood comes from a sustainable source, check to see if the manufacturer has used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) products. Wooden worktops can also be made from timber using staves from offcuts.

    Quartz worktops can be recycled, including glass and mirror pieces for that sparkle finish. Granite is a 100% natural product.

    • Recycled timber floors are available to finish your kitchen with a natural look.

Also currently popular are energy-saving lighting fixtures, there is an enormous selection of LED and environmentally friendly lights which run at very low costs. Water conserving taps can be a great feature to add to an environmentally thought out kitchen.

Looking for Eco Friendly Kitchen Appliances?

When shopping for eco-friendly appliances, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming and most buyers give up the choice early and go for the cheapest. For many, energy ratings are not considered as it adds to the research required, but now energy efficiency website sust-it.net has done the research for you. Here are seven of the greenest kitchen products as at December 2012. The electricity costs; as 2012, have been calculated at UK Average Tariff of 14.48p per unit. Water costs; as at 2012, have been calculated on Ofwat UK average cost of 0.12p per litre.

Single Oven: AEG BP7304151M ranked by cooking cost per litre.
Based on a average price of £849, the per year energy cost per litre (volume) is £0.25p
More expensive alternative Neff C47C22 at £1,279, but the per year energy cost per litre is £0.38p

Washing machine: Panasonic NA-168VG4 ranked by washing cost per kg.
Based on a average price of £500, the energy cost per (kg) use is £1.87p
Cheaper alternative New World WM10V at £374, but would cost £4.40 per (kg) use to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Panasonic would save you £41.69 per year.

Tumble dryer: Panasonic NH-P80G1 ranked by washing cost per kg.
Based on a average price of £699, the energy cost per year is £24.75p
Cheaper alternative Hotpoint V3D00 at £142, but would cost £159.87p per year to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Panasonic would save you £135.12 per year.

Integrated washer-dryer: Hoover HDB854D ranked by washing cost per kg.
Based on a average price of £486, the energy cost per year is £118.07p
Cheaper alternative AEG L61271WDB1 at £589, but would cost £171.97p per year to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Hoover would save you £53.90 per year.

Integrated dishwasher: Siemens SN56T592GB ranked by cost per place setting.
Based on a average price of £425, energy cost per year, per place setting of £36.68p
Cheaper alternative Smeg DD410W1 at £488, but would cost £45.41p per place setting per year to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Siemens would save you £8.73 per place setting per year.

Larder-fridge, medium size: Siemens KI25RP60 ranked by electricity usage devided by capacity.
Based on a average price of £1,489, energy cost per year of £1.58p per cubic foot.
Cheaper alternative Neff K5614 at £500, but would cost £3.52p per cubic foot to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Siemens would save you £1.94 per cubic foot - per year.

Fridge-freezer, large size: Siemens KS36VA141 ranked by electricity usage devided by capacity.
Based on a average price of £915, energy cost per year of £0.89p per cubic foot.
Cheaper alternative Gorenje R6295W at £289, but would cost £2.43p per cubic foot to run.
On average UK use (see sust-it.net link below) the Siemens would save you £1.54 per cubic foot - per year.

In all the above cases and there are many more, go to - sust-it.net to compare the running costs before you buy, it is evident that buying the cheapest product is not always the best option. Additionally a more expensive product can last you for many more years of use before replacement.

Often a few £100's saved at purchase can cost many £100's extra in running costs during the lifetime of the appliance. Whatever the budget, the Energy Ratings should be considered in the final purchase decisions, clearly going ahead with the attitude that the cheapest appliance will be the best choice, is not going to be the most cost effective decision you will make.

Microwave Consumption.

Your microwave oven should be rated in Watts (W) or Kilowatts (kW). To find out what your microwave costs to run, look-up its' power specification, and what setting you have it at, then use the energy calculator (link below) to see how much it will cost to run per minute.

Power Rating Cost/1 mins Cost/5 mins Cost/15 mins Cost/30 mins Cost/60 mins
700W 0.17p 0.84p 2.53p 5.07p 10.15p
800W 0.19p 0.97p 2.90p 5.79p 11.58p
900W 0.22p 1.09p 3.26p 6.52p 13.03p
1000W (1kw) 0.24p 1.21p 3.62p 7.24p 14.48p
1200W (1.2kw) 0.29p 1.45p 4.34p 8.69p 17.38p

The above is based on the average rate of 14.48p/kWh (December 2012 tariff) for a unit of electricity.

Use this energy calculator, it allows you to calculate the running cost of any of your home electrical items using a range of electricity tariffs.

Simply enter the amount of electricity the appliance uses (in Watts or Kilowatts) and the length of time they are used (in Hours or Minutes), then instantly see the cost.

Kitchens are now considered the centre of the home and they can certainly provide that "wow" which is essential when you are selling a property, but house buyers are now looking for an eco-friendly kitchen in their new property purchase.

Make sure your kitchen not only looks good but also provides the very best in energy saving materials and contains ecologically sound efficient appliances with the lowest running costs - to keep your home eco-friendly.


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