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Turn Your Bathroom into a ‘Green’ Space

Having a home that uses less energy, water and uses fewer chemicals is a great way to start living a “greener” lifestyle. You do not have to change the entire way you live; you can start with small steps, which can enrich your life and the lives of your children. If you turn your bathroom into a “Green” space, it could be the start of a life transformation.

In the bathroom we tend to use more water than we need. You leave the faucet on the entire time you brush your teeth. You let the water in the shower warm up for five minutes, wasting precious water down the drain. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you live a little greener.

LED light bulbs get a bad rap because they are so bright, but new technology has fixed this issue. You can get warm LED bulbs that look like your traditional bulbs you use in the bathroom. Giving you a softer look, but using a lot less energy, at least 25% less than traditional bulbs. Different LED bulbs will boast different cost savings, but they all save you at least 100 dollars a bulb.

Not everyone loves low-flow toilets, but they can make a huge difference in the water your home consumes. The great news about low-flow toilets is they have been retooled to give you more flushing power with less water use. You can also get a toilet with dual flushing.

When there is liquid waste you use one flush and when there is solid waste it uses another. Even with the solid waste flush you save 5.4 gallons less water.

Old toilets can use seven gallons of water each flush. The amount of water consumed by a traditional toilet can make it the number one source of water consumption in your home. If you live in an older home, consider buying a low-flush toilet so you can use less water and start seeing the savings on your water bill immediately.

You can conserve more water if you install a motion sensor faucet for your bathroom sink. When you brush your teeth, think of all the water going down the drain. Washing your face and hands also use a lot of water because you do not turn the water off while you are soaping up. Having a motion sensor faucet saves all the water that would go down the drain and it keeps the faucets clean. There are many beautiful motion sensor faucets that will look great with your granite countertops and prevent germs from spreading.

Taking shorter showers is a great way to save water, but you can do better. You only need five minutes to get completely clean, but if it takes you a little longer consider a low-flow showerhead. If you think you cannot get as clean with a low-flow showerhead, your are mistaken. You can get the same water pressure and use half the water.

With a low-flow shower head you are saving money two ways, not only are you saving on your water bill but you save on the energy bill by using the water heater less.

You might even think about buying a showerhead that has built in water filter if you have hard water. The filter will protect your shower from residue and make it easier to clean. Less harsh chemicals needed to get your bathroom clean.

Bathroom cleaners can be full of harsh chemicals and be really horrible for the environment. You can purchase eco-friendly products that use organic ingredients to clean your bathroom, and if you really wanted to you can make homemade cleaners.

If you use vinegar, baking soda and lemon together it can clean most spills and the lemon gets rid of the vinegar smell. Keeping organic cleaners, sponges and eco-friendly towels and toilet paper can go a long way in transforming your bathroom into a green space.

If you buy soaps and shampoos that are organically made, you will not only be giving the planet a huge hug, you will also help support local growers and farmers. When you support businesses that are doing their best to protect our planet, you are making a statement to those who are not creating products with the environment in mind. Forcing them to either change their ways or go out of business.

Creating a better life and protecting the environment can start with you. Be aware of what you do and the consequences it has on the planet. When you go into your bathroom, do what you have to do, but keep in mind all the ways you could waste our precious resources.

If you lead by example your friends and family will start to get on board. You will teach your children responsibility to our planet and you will save money at the same time.