An ecologic kitchen renovation is a great opportunity to dramatically alter a home’s carbon footprint and to realize long-term savings. New technology is constantly evolving and homeowners can achieve significant savings in energy costs as well as local and federal tax initiatives.
In the kitchen, GROHE Blue Chilled & Sparkling eliminates the need to buy bottled water, and to dispose of plastic waste. GROHE Blue® Chilled & Sparkling combines a sleek designer faucet with a high-performance filter, cooler and carbonator to provide fresh, cooled and filtered flat or sparkling water free of impurities right from the faucet. Use the right lever on the faucet to mix to mix hot and cold tap water. Turn the left handle once for flat water, and those who prefer a little – or a lot – of sparkle in their water can choose from twin sparkling water settings.
GROHE is also proud to offer a range of products that are fully compliant with CALGreen, California’s Green Building Standards, a landmark initiative mandating sustainability and conservation measures in new construction projects, requiring all new buildings to reduce indoor water usage by 20 percent.
“More than any other renovation, a well-planned, efficient and aesthetically pleasing kitchen can be an investment in a family’s quality of life and a warm, welcoming and beautiful place to gather,” concludes Dixon.
The clear importance of light
There are three types of lighting: ambient lighting, which comes from ceiling lights and wall-mounted lights; accent lighting, which draws attention to a particular feature in a room; and task lighting, such as pendants and under-counter lights. “Pendant lights are used to great effect in today’s kitchens, usually grouped in two’s or three’s,” advises Polvere. LED lights save energy and add to a kitchen’s safety and comfort. “They give off less heat, great light and last forever,” says Polvere.