Whether you are thinking about a bathroom renovation or not, you should consider a bathroom ‘greenovation’. The bathroom is often the room in which water use is highest, paper is wasted and harsh cleaning products are used on a regular basis- but this doesn’t have to be the case. Turning your bathroom into a ‘green’ oasis is a great way to save money, and the environment at the same time.
Did you know that around 30% of your household water consumption comes from flushing the toilet? Depending on how modern it is, your toilet could be using up to eight gallons of water with every flush. Replacing an old, water-guzzling toilet for a newer low-flow toilet could help reduce the amount of water you use – as well as how much you pay on your next water bill.
Fight mould naturally
Mould and mildew are the scourge of bathrooms. Thriving in damp humid conditions, mould is easy to get rid of if treated quickly. Rather than using a harsh chemical-based cleaning product to tackle the problem opt for a natural solution instead. Use baking soda, water and a small amount of liquid soap to remove any mould or mildew. Keeping a window open will also help prevent the build-up of mould too.
Use recycled toilet paper
Hopefully this is something you are doing already, and if not, why not? Next time you are shopping make sure you avoid the ‘virgin fibre’ loo roll and pick up a recycled version instead. It is an easy change to make and it will help save our precious trees.
Low-flow shower head
Just because you want to save money and the environment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the satisfaction of a good shower. Low-flow shower heads use around 2.5 gallons of water a minute, compared to older models which use between five and eight gallons per minute.
Change your light bulbs
Switching to environmentally friendly bulbs is a simple, yet effective way to save money on your energy bills. LED bulbs use around 80% less energy and last around 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Making the switch doesn’t have to be at the expense of brightness or the warm glow of incandescent bulbs. In fact, you probably won’t even notice the difference.
Employ some or all of these changes to your bathroom to help do your bit for the environment. Use our tips on creating a green bathroom and benefit from lower bills without having to downgrade your bathroom.