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Get Energy Efficient
Use your kitchen remodeling project as an opportunity to reduce your overall energy costs and do something good for the environment while you're at it.
Replace kitchen appliances with ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. They incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models.
For maximum efficiency and great looks, choose natural gas appliances such as ovens, ranges, cooktops and dishwashers. Depending on the look you're after, consider either built-in or free-standing appliance styles.
Coordinate your appliances with your cabinetry with the use of specially designed panels. Or, go for a color-coordinated look, something more industrial, something retro or even commercial grade.
Take advantage of new technologies and design options too, like hidden control panels, precision and programmable heating and cooling controls and interactive touch screens.
Think about where you're installing your new appliances. For example, install the dishwasher away from the refrigerator. The dishwasher's heat and moisture make the refrigerator work harder. Keep your refrigerator away from other heat sources such as direct sunlight.
Never run out of hot water by installing an efficient natural gas water heater. Consider a tankless model. It can be mounted inside a closet or on the exterior of a home freeing up valuable floor and closet space. The unit can be placed in a recessed box, flush-mounted and painted or textured to match the exterior of the home. Outside units are specially equipped to withstand sub freezing temperatures. Should your unit ever need servicing, a PSNC Energy Certified technician can run a diagnostic outdoors without having to enter your home.
If you'll be opening or moving your kitchen walls, use the opportunity to add insulation and air sealing. It will improve your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home.
If you're replacing the windows, doors and skylights, make sure you install those with the ENERGY STAR label. They are twice as efficient as the average windows manufactured just 10 years ago.
Keep in mind that windows and skylights are also the most energy-efficient method of clearing vapors and indoor air toxins from your kitchen. With enough openings, placed for cross and stack ventilation, you can run your exhaust fan only to evacuate the heaviest cooking odors.
Daylight is the highest quality lighting, and it's free! With work surfaces near windows or skylights, you won't need to use artificial lighting during the day, so you'll save energy. You'll also have views and a connection to the outside.
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Stitchery WIPs: "Bath 5¢", "Walking to Town", a selection of 8 San Man snowman charts, 2 sets of curtain tie-backs using a DMC freebie chart and the DMC linen threads, a Kooler Design Studio chart form JanLynn called "Needlework Shop", "Tsunami Charity Sampler" from the fall 2007 Sampler & Needlework Quarterly, and "Autumn Leaves" from the December 2006 New Stitches