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In the Kitchen

 Learn about how small changes in your diet can make a big difference and how your choice of appliances can reduce your energy use.

Our Food Choices Matter

Green eating refers to making food choices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. It involves choosing foods that are produced with minimal impact on the environment.

Eating a climate-friendly diet can help reduce our carbon footprint and minimize your impact on the environment. Below are some tips on how to achieve a climate-friendly diet.

Reduce food waste: Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce food waste, plan your meals ahead of time, store food properly, and use up leftovers.

Reduce meat consumption: Animal agriculture is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing our meat consumption can us reduce our carbon footprint. While eating less meat will reduce your carbon footprint, not all meat is the same.  Eating beef has a high carbon footprint and is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This is because beef production requires a large amount of resources such as water, land, and feed, which contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. In addition, deforestation, particularly in critical ecosystems like the Amazon, is done in order to clear pastureland for beef production. Cow burps emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Eat more plant-based foods: Eating more plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes can help reduce the environmental impact of your diet. Plant-based foods generally require fewer resources to produce than animal-based foods.

Buy local and organic: Buying local and seasonal produce can help reduce the carbon footprint of your diet by minimizing the transportation distance and energy required to get food to your plate.  Buying organic helps reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides that are leached into the environment.  

By following these tips, we can eat a climate-friendly diet that helps support the health of the planet.

Kitchen Counter

Small kitchen appliances can reduce your energy bill and your carbon emissions

Electrify Your Kitchen

Tips for saving energy and lowering your kitchen's carbon footprint:

  • Use Energy Star Appliances

  • Opt for the microwave or other small electrical appliances rather than the stove or oven when you can. They are more energy efficient.

  • Get rid of natural gas in your kitchen by swapping out your gas range for an electric or induction unit.

    • If you live in an apartment or aren't able to invest in a new range, an induction or electric hotplate plus a toaster oven are low-cost alternatives that will meet most of your needs.

    • Natural gas is a potent greenhouse case, causing 80x more global warming than carbon dioxide over 20 years.

    • Burning natural gas in our kitchens has also been linked to increase risk of asthma in children and poses other risks, including fires, carbon monoxide, and airborne carcinogens.

  • Save yourself from hand-washing dishes - your dishwasher saves energy and water!​

How Much Can You Save?

Starting in late 2023, households making <150% of the Area Median Income will qualify for a rebate up to $840 for an induction or electric stove. 

Need an electrical upgrade first? You can get tax credits and incentives for that too!

Now:

  • IRS tax credits available now for electric panel upgrades:

  • Federal Tax Credit: up to $600

 

Starting late 2023:

  • For families making <150% of the Area Median Income (AMI):

  • Point-Of-Sale Rebates for Wiring: up to $2500

  • Point-Of-Sale Rebates for Electric Panel: up to $4000

Learn More

The best vegan recipe blog out there: Rainbow Plant Life

Plate and the Planet from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Just as different foods can have differing impacts on human health, they also have differing impacts on the environment. Shifting towards a “planetary health diet” can nurture both people and planet.

Induction Stoves, Rewiring America: what they are and available incentives.

Electrify Now: Induction Cooking video

Energy saving tips for the kitchen from Energy.gov

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