Energy-Saving Tips For Your Bathroom
Written By: Warm Thoughts Communications on February 14, 2022
Opportunities for better efficiency are in every room!
There are more energy savings to be found in the bathroom than you may realize. And with a few easy tweaks, you can save on your water and energy costs, while also being more eco-friendly—without feeling like you’re making a big sacrifice in terms of comfort or convenience.
Conserve Water—No Cold Showers Required!
Conserving water benefits our environment on a broad scale. Using too much water—before we’re able to purify and recycle it—can deplete natural bodies of water, like lakes, streams, and wetlands, and this impacts the whole ecosystem. There are a few ways to better combat this, including:
- Collecting water in the shower. Place a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and then use it to water your lawn or plants. If you don’t mind sharing space with the bucket while you’re showering, you can collect the sudsy water for mopping.
- Shorten showers. Even just shaving a minute or two off everyone’s showers can add up to big savings, both in terms of water costs, and water conservation. Folks who enjoy longer showers may prefer to try turning the water off and on again, while conditioning hair, or shaving, for instance.
- Use less water in the bathtub. You may not even notice the difference if you feel the tub a bit lower than you typically do. Consider alternating showers and baths since showers generally use less water.
- Turn off the water when brushing teeth. Turn the water back on when it’s time to rinse!
Take Advantage of Energy-Efficient Upgrades
There are so many energy-efficient options to choose from when upgrading your bathroom fixtures, including budget-friendly options. Consider installing:
- A low-flow toilet that uses less water each time you flush.
- A faucet aerator that screws onto your sink tap and adds air to the water flow, without making a noticeable change in pressure.
- A showerhead upgrade to an energy-efficient model.
Don’t Forget About Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency
Cutting down on excess water usage isn’t the only money-saving tactic coming from the bathroom. Your electricity and/or natural gas usage can also be conserved with a few easy changes to your habits.
- Use cold water. We don’t blame you if cold showers aren’t your thing. But what about washing your face and hands, brushing your teeth, or cleaning with cool or cold water? Reducing your use of heated water also reduces the amount of natural gas or electricity required by your water heater.
- Find the right energy-efficient lightbulbs. Lighting can be more complex in the bathroom, due to the humidity and moisture. Certain kinds of high-efficiency bulbs, like LEDs, don’t operate as well in humid conditions. Halogen lights can be a good alternative to traditional lighting in the bathroom.
- Unplug appliances that are not in use. Even small appliances like curling irons, electric razors, and chargeable toothbrushes can be energy vampires. When your toothbrush has plenty of juice, or your hair straightener isn’t in use, there’s no need to keep them plugged in. You probably won’t notice the minor change in routine, but you will notice the savings!
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