home improvement October 9, 2017

Green Bathroom Tips and Tricks

The bathroom is the most wasteful room in the entire home. We usually let the water run freely, waste paper and use a huge amount chemicals. But, with climate change and horrible pollution comes the realization that we need to take some steps and start conserving and protecting our environment (and even save some money in the process). One great way to do so is by creating a green bathroom, and here’s how.

Get a low-flow toilet

Almost 30% of all water consumed in an average household is used by the toilet. That’s more than the shower, washing machine and your dishwasher. In order to reduce water consumption, you can replace your old toilet with a low-flow model that uses only a fraction of the water. Traditional toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush, while low-flow ones use somewhere between .8 and two gallons. It’s a significant difference.

Conserve water in the sink

Bathroom sinks also waste a lot of clean, drinkable water. Even if you really try to save as much water as possible, you will still waste some while brushing your teeth and washing your face. One way to keep this used water at minimum is to install motion sensors on faucets and get aerators. Motion sensors will stop the water flow every time your hands aren’t directly below the pipe, and aerators will regulate the amount of water you get. Additionally, sensors will keep your faucets much cleaner, which saves cleaning time and chemicals.

Opt for LEDs

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and make a switch from conventional to LED bulbs, not just in your bathroom, but throughout your home. Replacing old bulbs with LEDs is a super easy and fast way to make your bathroom greener. LEDs not only use less energy, but they also last much longer. An average LED bulb will consume only 20% of the energy old ones use, and they last a whopping 25 times longer! In the past, they used to give out that cold and unwelcoming glow, but now they are made to be warm and pleasant to the eye, so there are no excuses.

Save shower water

One way to cut water waste in the shower is to take shorter showers. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to leave our comfy baths and step into the shower. If you like your showers longer, you can install a low-flow showerhead that will reduce your water consumption anywhere from 50 to 70%. You’ll still have the same pressure and water temperature; you’ll simply use less water. Low-flow showerheads will not only save water but also the amount of energy you’re using to heat it. This upgrade is quite cheap and easy. You’ll only need a wrench and ten minutes of your time.

Use green products

Every product that you use in your bathroom can be made greener. We use a lot of chemicals to clean our bodies, clothes and bathrooms, and they all leave a huge environmental footprint. Conventional toiletries often contain petrochemicals and toxic preservatives like parabens; have often been tested on animals, and usually have a long list of mysterious and dangerous ingredients. By buying organic and eco-friendly products, you’re not only protecting yourself, but also the environment. You can also forget about lab-made products and turn to some homemade cleaners that contain only baking soda, vinegar, lemon and essential oils.

Making your bathroom more eco-friendly and green doesn’t have to require large investments and a lot of time and effort. You can simply change some of your habits, install some inexpensive low-flow fixtures and pay more attention to your cleaning products. Your planet and the future generations will be very grateful.