6 Eco-Friendly Tips To Green Up Your Bathroom
A simple yet efficient solution to make your bathroom greener is replacing the old incandescent bulbs, and switching to an energy-saving option. Apart from consuming and wasting a great amount of energy, incandescent bulbs also emit carbon dioxide, which can pose a threat both to your health and the environment. Instead, you should replace them with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are healthier, more efficient and energy-saving. Although you might invest a bit more initially, LEDs can reduce your power consumption even up to 90%, significantly decreasing your energy bill.
A sustainable irrigation system
Opting for an alternative, green irrigation system can significantly reduce your water consumption and increase your savings in the long run. With a variety of technological advances, rainwater harvesting has gained popularity over the years, meeting both industrial and domestic needs. This type of irrigation system can provide you with enough water to meet your annual demand. Since this technology entails a water harvest tank and several levels of filtrations systems, it enables you to use the collected water for your everyday needs, form drinking and cooking, to bathing.
The next step towards greening up your bathroom is replacing your old fixtures, such as taps and showerheads, with water-efficient ones. There’s a variety of green options you can choose, from low-flow showerheads, to taps and showers with aerators, to motion sensor faucets. Some of them will simultaneously reduce your water and energy consumption. For example, by installing low-flow showerheads, you’re reducing the amount of water while showering and the amount of energy used to heat the water.
A low-flow toilet
Out of the entire water consumption in your home, toilets account for 27%, which is more than any other appliances, such as shower, washing machine or dishwasher. In addition, if you have a leaky toilet, you’re wasting your water on a daily basis. To reduce your water loss, you should install a low-flow toilet because your old one can use even up to seven gallons of water per flush. In addition, a low-flow toilet with dual flush provides you with two flushing options depending on your needs.
If you have a leaky tank, you should stop the leak as soon as possible because it’s a major source of water loss. To check whether your tank is leaking, pour a bit of food dye before you go to bed in the tank. In the morning, if there’s dye in the toilet, it means that your toilet needs a repair.
There are some small, but significant changes you can make to boost eco-friendliness of your bathroom. To truly capture the green spirit, you should switch to green products, including recycled toilet paper, green soap and bath products, towels made from organic cotton, etc. By switching to these products, you’ll lower your environmental footprint and protect your health and skin.
Cleaning products are among most dangerous ones that you can find in your household because they contain high levels of toxic chemicals that can endanger your health and the environment. Therefore, you should switch to green cleaning products, or make your own cleaning solutions that are safe, healthy and equally efficient.
Your plumbing can also have a major impact on your overall water consumption, so you need to have your pipes properly maintained, repaired or replaced if needed. Proper and regular pipe maintenance is of the utmost importance if you want to prevent any leaks or water loss. You can also replace your pipes with eco-friendly plumbing solutions that can reduce your heat loss, by proper insulation. If you need any repairs or replacements, you need to contact a reliable plumber who will make sure that the job is done properly. Otherwise, you’ll spend a fortune on additional and unnecessary repairs.
With these simple yet efficient eco-friendly updates, you’ll green up your bathroom in no time. By doing so, you’ll both protect the environment and increase your savings.
Guest Contributor, Chloe Taylor