Water, waste and energy

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Water, waste and energy

40% of most households’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen. It’s also where we boil water, wash veggies and scrub dishes. Lowering the use of water and energy is a sure way to update your kitchen. And cutting down on waste is good for the planet, your wallet and – if you compost – your garden!

How to lower your energy consumption

Switching to energy efficient appliances is better for the planet and your pocket. All of our ovens, dishwashers, fridges and freezers are energy-rated A or better. An energy-A rated fridge/freezer uses half the energy than one ten years older. But if you stick with your existing appliances, it’s still possible to use them more efficiently. For example, only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full and save the warmer setting for really tough jobs. If you have an electrical hob, match your pot with the burner size. Using a small pot on a big burner means lots of heat goes straight up into the air.
Keep the lid on
Cooking in pots with lid on saves around 30 percent energy compared to not using a lid. An even better, more energy-saving way of bringing water to boil, is to use an electric kettle – even if its intended for the potatoes on the stove.
Use right size pots and pans
Make sure to use pots and pans that fit the zones of your cooktop. Pots that are too small lead to heat leaks that easily increases energy consumption by as much as 20%.
Use energy-efficient kitchen lighting
SPARSAM low energy bulbs are a great alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. They last up to ten times longer and the energy consumption is reduced by up to 80% over the bulb’s lifetime. One 20-watt bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb, without getting anywhere near as hot. IKEA will phase out incandescent bulbs in favour of more environmentally friendly alternatives before Sept 1, 2010. IKEA customers can return low energy bulbs to most IKEA stores for recycling.

How to reduce your water consumption

Changing your current kitchen tap for a tap with an aerator reduces your water consumption in the kitchen by 30% without changing the water pressure. Even small steps like turning off the tap while you soap your hands and scraping dishes before you load the dishwasher instead of rinsing save lots of precious water in the long term.
Using water-saving taps
Exchange your existing tap with an IKEA tap and you’ll get an inbuilt water-saving function that reduces water consumption with more than 30%.
Don’t do your dishes by hand
Doing dishes by hand and rinsing them under running water requires seven times as much water as if you had them scraped the off and turned an A-rated dishwasher on once it’s full.

How to organize and reduce your household waste

Throwing everything in the same bin is old news. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours. Our waste-sorting systems make it easy to sort your trash. They can be placed under the sink, on the wall or on the floor, and they’re easy to keep clean. Just check with your city to see what they recycle.

Cutting down on waste in the kitchen isn’t just about recycling your pasta box. It’s also about the food you cook. Starting a compost means your food scraps don’t go to waste – they pass on nutrients to your garden. And instead of throwing out the rest of dinner, why not pack it in one of our food savers and enjoy a homemade lunch at work? It’s better for the environment and tastes a lot better too!
Make recycling easier
RATIONELL is a simple waste system that helps organize and recycle household waste, more effectively. Easy-to-clean bins are available in a variety of sizes and are designed for different types of household waste - from glass bottles and newspapers to food scraps and batteries.
Don't throw away food
Did you know that up to a quarter of all food is thrown away every day in many households? That’s not only a waste of money. Food production generates lots of CO2, so cutting waste helps reduce our carbon footprint. IKEA food savers help take better care of fresh food and leftovers. Some products have benefits making them especially good for saving your food and using just the right amount of food to prevent waste when cooking. For example, some sizes in the IKEA 365+ food storage series come with a removable plastic bottom grid to allow excess moisture to drain off and help food last longer. And, in the RARITET series the jar for dry storage has a measuring cup in the lid to make getting it right easier. The jar itself is transparent and graduated so you can see how much is left.

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