Despite the fact that bathrooms generally take up only a small portion of the household, we use up a tremendous amount of resources in this tiny space. Water and energy usage in the bathroom is inevitable, but there are things we can do to become more energy- and water-efficient without changing our daily routines or lifestyle.
There are more and more affordable options becoming available to lower water and energy usage in the bathroom, in a variety of styles and colours to please any homeowner. That being said, since these energy-efficient models will save you a great deal of money on your water and energy bills for years to come, it could be wise to look at these new upgrades as a one-time investment that will save you money in the future. Depending on your budget, it could be worth spending a little more upfront and paying off more in the long-run.
Here are a few upgrades to consider for your bathroom to “go green” in time for summer:
Not a lot of people know this but toilets account for 27% of total household water consumption on average. The innovative plumbing solution? Switch out your old plumbing fixture to a greener, more water-efficient toilet that can help you cut back on your water waste. Low-flow toilets provide the same performance but with a fraction of the water older toilets use up in a flush cycle.
Low-Flow and Motion Sensor Faucet Fixtures
Older shower heads and faucets can use up excessive amounts of water. Low-flow shower heads can be installed in your bathrooms to decrease water waste. These “green” shower heads are available in a variety of attractive designs that not only make your bathroom’s water use more efficient, but elevate the style of your bathroom.
Advances in technology have also lead to more water-efficient sink and tub faucets. A low-flow, motion-sensing faucet will allow you to use less water, and have water flowing for the shortest amount of time possible. Bonus, it also cuts down on cleaning as you won’t actually be touching the faucet with dirty hands.
Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs and Vent Fans
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and vent fans is an easy way to cut down on your energy consumption in your bathrooms. Make sure you choose the smallest vent fan possible for the size of your bathroom. Choosing one that is too small will result in a completely ineffective fan, which can cause mold and mildew to build up in your bathroom.
Looking for more ways to improve water-use efficiency in your bathroom? Contact the expert Ottawa plumbers at Faucet Fix today!