Try these eco-friendly home improvement tips and enjoy a green bathroom.
Some simple adjustments to a bathroom can reduce its impact on the environment.
- Installing aerators on the faucet and showerhead will reduce the amount of water used.
- Using a low-flow toilet will use less water.
- Replacing a tanked water heater with a tankless model will reduce the amount of energy consumed and the cost to heat water. A tankless water heater will heat only what is needed, when it’s needed. Plus, it doesn’t require a pilot light, so it emits less carbon dioxide and improves indoor air quality.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and last much longer.
- When redecorating, look for paint with a low volatile organic compounds (VOC) label. These paints are less toxic.
- Even little things like selecting all-natural fabrics can help make your bathroom more green.
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Faucets and showerheads with aerators use half the water flow with twice the power. If they were used nationwide, aerators could save 250 million gallons of water a year.
Traditional hot-water circulating systems use a pump to send hot water from the water heater, to the faucets and back again. This type of system provides nearly instant hot water, but it wastes a tremendous amount of energy heating the water and moving it around.
HGTV. Eco-Friendly Bathroom: 6 Ways to Go Green, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement/eco-friendly-bathroom-6-ways-to-go-green/index.html (Page consulted on June 14 2011)