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Tips for the Kitchen…Eco & Wallet Friendly

May 25, 2011
Chalk Up ~ Apply chalkboard paint to the inside door of the pantry. It’s a convenient -- yet concealed -- spot for jotting down shopping lists, messages, and reminders.
On Display ~ For a fresh twist on artwork, hang interesting collectibles on the wall. Check your attic or the local flea market for vintage kitchen items, such as cake pans, plates, and eggbeaters.

Cool Tips ~ Conserve energy and money by setting your refrigerator at an optimal temperature, cleaning the coils regularly, and deciding what you want to remove before opening the door.

Menus Managed ~ Ordering takeout can be a time-saving treat. Rather than waste time hunting for menus, organize them in a binder or folder and place them in a kitchen drawer.

Hang On ~ Invest in high-quality pots and pans. They’ll last longer (meaning less waste) and produce better results when cooking, and you can hang them on a rack for a decorative showpiece.

Green Speak ~ Even while off, the toaster, coffee maker, and blender consume “phantom power.” Save energy and cut your utility bill by unplugging countertop appliances when not in use.

Java Savvy ~ Hang on to coffee grounds. These natural odor eliminators can be rubbed on your hands to remove food scents and kept in a vented tub in the refrigerator to absorb odors.

Clean Green ~ Keep your kitchen sparkling with eco-friendly cleaning products. Remember to stock up on natural cleansers like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and club soda, as well.

Clear View ~ Transfer dry staples, such as pasta, rice, and beans, into glass jars. The airtight storage keeps them fresh, and the colors and textures make an attractive display.

Plant Food ~ If you steam or boil vegetables for dinner, don’t dump the water. Instead, let it cool, and use the nutrient-rich vegetable “broth” to nourish your houseplants.

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