The bathroom is an absolutely necessary part of your day-to-day functions. Because of all the activity in this space, often a lot of waste occurs. When you make some eco-friendly changes to your bathroom, you will see many benefits to your home. You will make a positive impact on the environment because you are conserving water and the amount of energy you are outputting. You will also save money on every bill because of this conservation. At first it may seem like you are saving fractions, but over time you will feel the savings. Lastly, you will increase the value of your home when it is time to sell it. Everyone is looking for a modern home with features that will make life easier and save them money. Implementing eco-friendly changes to your bathroom will help with this. But where do you start to make your bathroom more green? Here are four eco-friendly ideas for your bathroom.
A large majority of the water that is used in your home is from the toilet, a fact that surprises many homeowners. Flushing a toilet throughout the month will use more water than showering, running the dishwasher, or starting the washing machine. It makes sense to start your eco-friendly upgrades by replacing your toilet and a dual-flush is your best bet. A dual-flush toilet provides you two flushing options depending on the waste that is in the toilet. The first button only uses enough water to get rid of liquid waste, averaging less than one gallon of water per flush. The second button uses enough water to wash away solid waste, averaging about 1.5 gallons and sometimes less. This is much better than other types of toilets which can use up to 7 gallons of water every time you flush it. If you don’t want to buy a whole new toilet, you can also choose to install a dual-flush converter.
Shower Heads & Faucets
Many homeowners try to save on water by taking shorter showers or turning the faucet on and off every two seconds when getting ready in the bathroom. That can be frustrating which is why it is a better idea to install efficient shower heads and faucets in the bathroom. Not only will these fixtures save on water use, but it will attract people when your house is on the market in the future. Installing a low-flow shower head only uses 2.5 gallons of water as opposed to the up to 8 gallons that traditional shower heads use. And don’t believe the myth that low-flow shower heads trickle water – they use the same water pressure as regular shower heads! A low flow shower head is an inexpensive upgrade to your home and can reduce your energy bill since there is not as much water to heat.
The same idea goes for water faucets as well. There are two great options when looking for an eco-friendly water faucet. First, you can install a faucet with an aerator which decreases water flow while maintaining water pressure. Second, you can install a motion sensor water faucet. This will save gallons of water and saves you time turning your faucets on and off between tasks, like brushing your teeth.
Efficient Water Heater
Another thing homeowners do to save energy is to take cooler showers and even wash clothes on cold so the water tank does not have to heat gallons of water at a time. The best way to circumvent this and to see massive savings on your energy bill is to install a tankless water heater. Instead of heating an entire tank of water at a time, a tankless water heater will only heat the water the is being requested with an appliance or the turn of a handle. This is accomplished by using a gas burner or electric element to heat the water instantly.
LED Light Bulbs and New Fixtures
If you have not replaced your fixtures or installed LED light bulbs in your home, chances are you wasting a lot of money lighting your home. Choosing new energy efficient fixtures for your bathroom will reduce your energy bill with all the time you spend with the light on in your bathroom. Likewise, replacing your bulbs with LED efficient lights will last longer and use less energy. Now LED bulbs come in different hues so your bathroom doesn’t have to be bathed in a harsh LED light.