Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is one of the easiest to convert to eco-friendly living. Time is spent in your bathroom every day, which means you’re sure to get your money’s worth from any eco-friendly upgrades that are installed here.
Let’s see how you can save money and protect the planet by cutting water and energy use in your bathroom.
Saving water with eco-friendly bathroom fixtures
If you’re like most families, you use more water in your bathroom than anywhere else — and much of it is hot water, which adds to your energy use. Switching to water-wise fixtures will help reduce both your impact on the planet and your utility bills.
The easiest place to start is with a low-flow showerhead. This is an inexpensive device that can cut hot water consumption by 40 percent. You can replace a showerhead in a matter of minutes. By doing this, you’ll be saving resources with every shower you take. Standard showerheads spray at about 2.5 gallons per minute. An eco-friendly showerhead uses no more than 2 gallons per minute, and many use less than that.
The nicest perk about it? You probably won’t even know you’re saving water! Today’s low-flow showerhead technology comes in a variety of styles, including standard, hand-held and rainshower. Whichever you choose, look forward to enjoying a luxurious and invigorating shower experience, despite using less water.
Choosing an eco-friendly, low-flow bathroom faucet can make a significant difference in your water use. Water-efficient bathroom faucets have a maximum flow of 1.5 gallons per minute, which can save 30 percent or more over the standard faucet. You need not sacrifice aesthetics to go green with your faucet, either. Dozens of attractive eco-friendly faucet models are available at all price points in styles ranging from classic to ultramodern. We also stock a number of low-lead faucets for those who are concerned about minimizing the risk of lead in drinking water.
Depending on your current model, you could reduce your toilet water consumption by up to 60 percent simply by switching to a water-efficient toilet. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, this could save you more than $2,200 over time. Eco-friendly toilets are available in many styles to suit any bathroom décor.
Eco-friendly bathroom vanities
When it’s time to get rid of that unsightly old under-sink cabinet, choosing an eco-friendly replacement will demonstrate your respect for people and planet. An eco-friendly bathroom cabinet is manufactured in a way that is respectful to the planet, and can include one or more of the following features:
- Made from sustainably harvested wood
- Made from recycled material
- Made from non-toxic material
- Manufactured in a facility that is certified to be environmentally friendly through a widely recognized certification program such as LEED
- Highly durable to reduce landfill stress
Who benefits from eco-friendly bathroom products?
An eco-friendly bathroom is great for you and your family because it can help limit exposure to harmful chemicals and/or save you money on water and water heating. It’s good for your community because you will be helping protect precious, local water resources. Plus, since everything in the environment is interconnected, when you invest in products that use resources wisely, it benefits everyone on the planet.
If you are looking for green bathroom solutions, be sure to check out our line of eco-friendly bathroom products.