Renovations are inevitable. All households are comprised of countless disparate elements that all have to work in synergy in order to be considered a comfortable home. Be it a plumbing network, an electrical grid or an AC system, each of these elements contributes to a well-oiled household, but none of it is made to last forever. When the time for remodeling finally comes, it is as good a time as any to go eco-friendly. If such a prospect intrigues you but you don’t know where to begin, here are tips on how to turn your bathroom green.
Prioritize water management
Did you know that your toilets spend as much as 27 percent of your household’s water? This highly publicized fact convinced many people to reconsider toilet and plumbing renovations in their bathrooms in order to create a more eco-friendly environment. Thankfully, low-flow toilet models have become quite easy to get these days as the “green” trend sweeps across the world. While older generations of low-flow toilets used to leave something to desire when it came to the intensity of the flush, newer models utilize a technology that provides a forceful flush while using only a fraction of the 7 gallons attributed to regular toilets.
Do not stop at a low-flow toilet
However, you should definitely not stop at the low-flow toilet if you truly want to “paint your bathroom green”. A typical showerhead can easily waste 6 to 8 gallons of water per minute, so if you replace the regular model with the low-flow showerhead, you will bring that disturbing number to 2.5 gallons per minute. The added water pressure is there to aid in the water-flow efficiency. The same rule applies to your faucets, especially the one above the bathroom sink which you will use the most. You can even consider installing motion sensor faucets which will cut down on your water waste even further.
Kill multiple flies with one blow
Every aspect of your bathroom needs to function at peak performance if you want to save energy and resources consistently. A malfunction or a clog can turn into a nightmare if it is not solved at an opportune moment. This is why you should use this opportunity to clear constantly blocked drains of sediment and debris. Plumbing experts are armed with advanced tools and attachments these days, so even if something looks impossible to solve, like growing tree roots, it can actually be cleared more quickly than you think.
Time to change the lights
It is a pure miracle if you have not heard about the saving power of LED lights yet. The biggest downside of these lights used to lie in the fact that they cast the room in harsh and sickly white tones. However, the tech industry managed to overcome this issue and they made serious strides in the color rendering of LED bulbs. This means that you can easily find “warm” LED lights that will bathe your bathroom in soothing tones. If you consider that one LED bulb consumes 80 to 90 percent less electricity than an incandescent bulb and that it also tends to last 25 times longer, it becomes quite clear that this is the greenest bargain you will get.
Go bright, go natural
Eco-friendly renovation techniques are usually technical and utilitarian. This means that a green bathroom is not strictly about updating your aesthetics, but there is a singular stylistic detail you should be concerned about – going bright. As you renovate your bathroom windows, make sure they are expanded so you can draw more natural light into your bathroom. Color your bathroom area into bright hues and airy tones to enhance the visibility and the presence of natural light. You will need to flick your light switch much later!
Bathroom areas should be prioritized if you want to transform your household into an eco-friendly dwelling. The reasoning for this is quite simple: even though this area takes up a small part of your home’s space, it is almost universally the spot that wastes most resources, followed closely by the kitchen. Water, electricity, paper and cleaning products easily get flushed down the drain in copious amounts every day. Thankfully, you can incorporate some of the suggested sustainable tweaks in order to create a true green kingdom.
Diana Smith wrote this post.