06 Feb '12, 2pm

Greening your kitchen made easy:

Greening your kitchen made easy:

But upgrading your cookware isn’t the only way you can give your kitchen an green-over - from bamboo flooring and tiling to eco-friendly washing-up liquid, you can make changes on all levels. It’s worth thinking about too, because kitchens account for between 20 and 40 per cent of a home’s total energy usage. As Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council , explains, a well-designed kitchen can be a money-saver: ‘You’ve got to consider the energy-efficiency aspects of improving a kitchen, because it’s not only a question of saving you heating and hot water, it also reduces your outlay no end.’ With this in mind, we’ve asked Andrew, and Chris Askew from the HousePlanner for their tips on making your kitchen greener. Rethink your units New kitchen units are being constructed from more durable, chipboard-based materials, explains Andrew. ‘Some of the old b...

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