Lower Utility Bills
Upgrading your appliances can be good for the environment as well as your pocketbook. You may be surprised to know that today's Energy Star-qualified refrigerators use 40 percent less electricity than conventional models sold as recently as 2001. An Energy Star-qualified dishwasher, in addition to using 41 percent less energy than the federal minimum standard, can also save you $90 over its lifetime because it uses less hot water.
Healthy Indoor Environment
Choose kitchen cabinetry made of sustainable solid woods as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Doing so not only promotes responsible forest management, it also prevents you and your family from breathing toxic gases that come from the formaldehyde glue typically used in particleboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets.
Cool New Products
Sure, you're doing the right thing by purchasing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances and fixtures, but it's no sacrifice because you'll love the look and functional improvements available today. You would be attracted to the cool new refrigerators, cooktops, dishwashers, countertops, and sinks even if they weren't eco-friendly.
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