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. 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 refrigerators and dishwashers are ENERGY STAR® certified. 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. With your cooktop, 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.
Upgrade your appliances

All IKEA refrigerators and dishwashers bear the ENERGY STAR® certification, giving you an energy efficient and money saving alternative.
Use induction cooktops

Induction cooktops are much faster and more energy-efficient than traditional coil element, gas, and glass ceramic cooktops. Only the pots and pans are heated and not the cooktop itself, so very little heat goes to waste. Especially if you keep the lid on and use the right size pot.
Keep the lid on

Cooking in pots with lids 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

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are really energy efficient. LED bulbs use up to 85% less power and shine up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

How to reduce your water consumption

Changing your current kitchen faucet for a faucet with an aerator reduces your water consumption in the kitchen by 30% without changing the water pressure. Even small steps like turning off the faucet 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 faucets

Exchange your existing faucet with an IKEA faucet and you’ll get a built-in water-saving function that reduces water consumption by 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 off and ran through the dishwasher 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.
Cut down on food waste

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. 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.

Sustainable life at home

The beauty of small actions: they all add up!

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