Embracing an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with Storage
Did you know it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic? So if you’re trying to embrace a new sustainable and more eco-friendly lifestyle, don’t get discouraged. It’s probably going to take a while for all your new lifestyle habits to stick.
The good news is, there are a few things you can do right now to help make your home more eco-friendly while you’re working on changing your lifestyle.
Here are three things from Extra Storage in Olympia that you can do to start making your kitchen more eco-friendly.
Check Your Energy Use
One of the biggest obstacles to having an eco-friendly kitchen is the inefficient use of energy. If you’re looking to make a change, start with something small and look at what types of light bulbs you are using. LED light bulbs are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and they last longer too.
Another big culprit of wasted energy is your kitchen windows. Older windows don’t seal well, which causes your AC and heater to work double-time trying to keep your kitchen at a comfortable temperature. Modern windows, however, are designed with energy efficiency in mind. They’re very good at insulating your kitchen to keep things comfortable. If you have leaky windows, make your kitchen more eco-friendly by replacing them with a more energy-efficient design. Or, if you are on a tight budget, consider getting draft-blocking curtains to help add an extra layer of insulation.
Recycle & Repurpose
In all our years offering self-storage, we’ve learned that there’s no such thing as junk. With a little creativity, anything can be repurposed and reused. Before you throw anything away, see if you can find another use for it. Leftover wood can easily be sanded, stained or painted, and turned into rustic floating shelves to add more storage space and character to your kitchen. Old gallon milk jugs can be converted into slow-drip, irrigation containers for plants.
If you can’t find another use and do decide to throw it away, be sure not to lump all your trash together. Sort garbage and recyclable materials using a divided trash can.
Throwing away kitchen scraps? Consider starting a compost pile. Common kitchen scraps can be broken down into waste material that makes an excellent fertilizer. If you’re worried about the potential smell of a compost pile, consider vermicomposting instead. Rather than relying on bacteria to slowly break down materials, vermicomposting uses worms that can break it down much faster. You can even keep the vermicomposting bin inside your kitchen.
Use Sustainable Materials
Whether you’re planning an entire kitchen renovation or just fixing up a few things, do your best to select sustainable materials. Eco-friendly paint is good for the environment and can help improve your indoor air quality. Even countertops and flooring can be made out of recycled wood, tiles, and other sustainable materials like cork. When choosing your kitchen utensils and dishware, be sure to avoid plastics and instead choose natural materials like glass, steel, wood, or bamboo.
Need a safe place to store your stuff while you renovate? Extra Storage can help! Our Olympia storage units come in a variety of sizes and feature amenities like 24-hour cameras, climate-controlled units, and online access to reserve units and make payments. Browse our available units at Olympia storage today!