With the ever-changing climate of the world, itís important to do as much as possible when it comes to being environmentally conscious. One place to start your eco-friendly journey is in the bathroom. Here are a few easy steps to going green in the bathroom, in a good way!
Low flow is the way to go
If youíre already planning a big remodel for your bathroom, including replacing your toilet, try switching to a low flow option. These toilets use less water but still get the job done. According to Green Living, a family of four could save up to 22,000 gallons of water per year using low flow toilets in the house. Thatís saving money on your monthly bills and saving water for the environment.
Switch out those bulbs
This tip isnít solely for the bathroom, but you may as well make the switch while youíre working on greening up your bathroom. Compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and they last a lot longer too. CFLs are usually brighter than incandescent bulbs as well, so youíll be able to get ready in the morning with fantastic lighting.
Organic paint exists
During the remodel of your bathroom, consider everything that will be changing, including wall colors. When choosing the paint for the updated bathroom, think about using paint with a low volatile organic compounds (VOC) label on it. VOCs are toxic chemicals that are emitted from paint during the drying process, so the fewer the better.
No more leaky faucets
Another plumbing option to make your bathroom more eco-friendly is replacing the standard faucets with water-efficient faucets. There will be an EPA WaterSenseģ label on these when youíre picking one up at the store. These faucets use just 1.5 gallons of water per minute (or less), reducing water waste by more than 30 percent, compared to traditional faucets.
There are other efficient options
According to the EPA, if just 1 in 10 homes switched to more water-efficient fixtures in their bathrooms (including showerheads, sinks and toilets), it would save nearly 74 billion gallons of water and approximately $1.5 billion in annual utility costs. High-efficiency showerheads use 1.5 gallons of water per minute, which is far better than traditional showerheads that use almost twice as much.
Go with a tankless water heater
Not only can you reduce the amount of water used in the shower, but you can also lower the amount of energy it takes to create your warm, steamy shower. Make the switch to a tankless water heater to reduce the energy that is consumed to heat the water. Another benefit of this switch is that it emits less carbon dioxide and improves air quality in your home.
Many well-known retailers are beginning to carry eco-friendly towels and rugs for bathrooms. Organic bamboo bath towels are amazing because bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, making it very sustainable. Cotton requires fertilizers and takes a lot longer to grow compared to bamboo, and you can hardly feel the difference in the quality of the towels.
Whether you only commit to one change or all of them, making the strides towards a more eco-friendly home is whatís important. Hopefully these tips will get you on your way to a completely sustainable lifestyle.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.