Energy savings may be a motivator for a kitchen space renovation. A few energy saving options are:
• Adding skylights. This brings in more natural light, therefore reducing the need for artificial light in your kitchen space.
• Energy efficient appliances and solar water heaters reduce the electricity bill and place less stress on the environment.
Tip:If you do have to put in new appliances, you can choose any one of numerous available models that will do the job and match your kitchen style. However, make sure you go for energy star rated products that will help you save money over their lifespan.
For New Zealand, we have two different energy labels for products and appliances:
• Energy rating labels – These labels all have a simple star rating. The more stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance is. If you’re comparing models for energy efficiency, they must be of the same type – that is, similar in capacity and features. For example, if you are comparing two washing machines, the one with the most stars will be the cheapest to run. Generally, many top models have four or more stars. Energy rating labels are displayed on all new white ware appliances.
• ENERGY STAR® labels – displayed on products that meet an independent, international benchmark for superior energy efficiency.