Climate change is hitting Europe hard this week with record breaking heat waves. This heat is causing tragic wildfires and shutting down the entire transport and school systems of major cities. As extreme weather becomes the status quo people need to become more conscious about the impact their daily lives and the decisions they make have on the environment. One place to begin is in the kitchen.
Smart kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. The global smart kitchen appliances market size will be valued at USD 43.83 billion by 2028 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6 percent during the forecast period. These kitchens are not only sought after due to the connivence and ease of cooking provided by innovative technology but they are much more energy efficient than your older gas stove tops and dingy dishwasher that takes three cycles to clean glassware.
However, the first step to being more eco-friendly isn’t immediately replacing all your kitchen appliances with smart gadgets and appliances. Unless an appliance is well beyond being repaired, it is better to keep what you have and purchase replacement pieces to give it a new life. Taking care of what you have is critical, as it limits unnecessary mass consumption by making the most of what you have already purchased.
But when it is time for you to upgrade your kitchen, smart is the way to go. Although it is typically more costly to purchase smart appliances, they are a worthwhile investment since they use less gas, electricity, and water thus slashing your utility bills. Many smart faucets will automatically turn off after a set amount of time to eliminate wasted water. Smart dishwashers and clothes washers can sense the type of load and adjust the setting to avoid energy and water to be wasted on small loads.
There are many small changes individuals can make to limit our carbon footprint and slow down climate change. The kitchen is a great place to start.