Friday, March 23, 2007

Kitchen ideas

There are some interesting kitchen design and appliance ideas in the May issue of Log Homes Illustrated.  An article mentions that linoleum is making a comeback; and it's greener (more eco friendly) than vinyl.  I knew it was becoming more available, and I've been thinking that I'd like that in my next house, but I didn't know it was a better environmental choice.  And the article, Natural Cooking, mentions that kitchen cabinets are often constructed from particle board, which is strong, but can contain formaldehyde, which is released as long as the cabinet exists. 

Some countertops, the article says, are made from paper--recycled or not.  I didn't know that.  And Formica is less damaging to the environment than granite (freshly harvested) and other stone products.  The article also covers appliances; side-by-side refrigerator/freezer combos let more cold air out when the doors are open than a stacked unit does.  There's more info on lighting, heat and air circulation too. 

Rex A. Ewing's off-the-grid article, Sunny Side Up, also takes a look at appliances, and the difference between gas and electric stoves.  Does your gas range have a glow bar?  Oh, oh.  That can use a lot of electricity.  (I'd never even heard of a glow bar before!)  Remember pilot lights?  There are two different kinds.  Be sure you get the right kind for energy saving.  He also looks at slow cookers and dishwashers.

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