Stream Energy : Remodeling for Energy Efficiency
Our lifestyles in the modern, fast-paced world push us into craving moments of relaxation with family and friends. And if ever there was one space that’s the centerpiece of entertainment and family interaction, it’s the kitchen.
Stream Energy, a company that provides energy-saving solutions for the commercial and residential real estate sectors, focuses intently on the kitchen and its reliance on electricity and natural gas services. The company’s professional opinions have opened up multiple ways for home owners to modernize their kitchens and save money at the same time. At the backend of its recommendations, there are compelling ways to reduce the kitchen’s energy use, and have a more efficient space.
The kitchen – an energy gobbler
Big data from diverse sources show that your kitchen absorbs a substantial amount of energy, even if it’s not used continuously as a cooking hub. Accordingly, it’s a natural place to begin planning a cut-back on utility bills and create a healthier lifestyle at the same time. Did you know:
- Approximately 39% of the USA’s carbon dioxide emissions spew from homes in construction and everyday operation, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
- Conversely, a transition to prescribed and recommended energy-efficient practices could meet benefit everyone – saving 15% on our electrical and natural gas needs.
- Kitchen appliances are responsible for 66% of single-family homes’ energy consumption, so says the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
- A single refrigerator is responsible for 14% of a home’s total energy.
- You can lower energy consumption by packing your refrigerator differently, frequently defrosting, and exploring solar options.
- By skipping over the dishwasher’s pre-rinsing cycle, one reduces water usage by up to 37%. Reduce energy usage substantially by opting for the air-dry setting.
Remodeling your kitchen
Renovations in the residential real estate sector cost billions of dollars. Families, instead of moving, are adding on rooms, restructuring, and upgrading facilities. Without a doubt, the first room that gets makeover attention is the kitchen. As a focal point of the residence interior, it’s #1 on most people’s lists.
Remodeling a kitchen gives you a chance to build things up from scratch, or at least with a semi-blank canvas. Indeed, it provides an opportunity for you to merge most of your green and energy conservation ideas with aesthetics in your new kitchen.
Specialist contractors are a way of life in the modern world. They are up to date on the latest materials and technologies that, when pieced together, converge on lower energy costs. Also, they align with combating emerging environmental threats. With this in mind, one should make it a priority to remodel your kitchen with a green professional in tow.
Look for entities with LEED accreditation (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Those with a stellar track record know how to integrate a buildout that achieves the goals you have in mind — without a hitch.
Here are some of the things one can do on your own:
Use lighting as a significant starting point
Look at lighting as an energy starting point. Lights are turned on in the kitchen more than any other room, sometimes even during the day. It all starts with breakfast, followed by house-cleaning during the day, kids coming home for lunch, homework on the kitchen counter (or eating nook), then dinner. All this keeps the kitchen-action humming.
Making a switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs will yield savings of up to 75 percent, and these bulbs will last 10 times longer than regular bulbs. Moreover, this innovative technology extends to recessed and mounted ceiling fixtures, and cabinet-mounted lighting.
Here are easy-to-apply energy-saving ideas:
- Change the dishes you use to cook and bake. Oven usage matches up far better with ceramic and glass dishes from an energy viewpoint. This allows you to reduce the oven heat by approximately 25 degrees, without changing the cook-time or the quality of the meal you’re serving.
- On your stove, use small burners for small pans, and the big ones for larger frying and grilling projects. Applying too much heat for your needs wastes gas and electricity.
- One bad habit is opening the oven door to get a better whiff of your delectable meal before the baking cycle completes. When you do that, the temperature goes down by 25 degrees, forcing the oven to draw on more energy than necessary. The remedy? Use a timer. Alternatively, flick on the oven light to see what’s going on behind the glass (that’s what it’s there for.)
Stream Energy customers often change toasters, blenders, and coffee machines for maximum energy efficiency. As you read this, look to see if your small kitchen appliances are plugged in. Having them switched off is not enough — connecting them to an inlet, even when set to off, means they are wasting energy.
Change your faucets
Low flow models are significantly more energy-efficient when compared to the standard faucets in most kitchens. They come in all shapes and sizes, fit in well with the latest modernized styles, and almost anyone can install them. It’s an inexpensive transition, yet results show close to a 60% decrease in your utilization of water after taking this step.
When you renovate, build with new materials, construct in specific ways, read labels, and don’t spare any effort researching, the most energy-efficient options that carry green benefits are there for the taking. It’s your job to find them if your new kitchen is to meet the gold standard.
For example, products stamped with an ENERGY STAR label signify recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency as a tool to save money over time in parallel to making an environmental contribution.
Stream Energy is a cutting edge company creating groundbreaking ways for consumers to save energy — and money. Use these tips to see the same results Stream Energy customers have enjoyed.
— Stream Energy (@mystreamsocial) October 3, 2019