Did you know that approximately 13% of energy consumed in the average home is attributed to heating water?Â How about that the average toilet alone uses 20-30% of the water in a home?Â With this knowledge, itâ€™s a good idea to follow some green tips for your bathroom that will not only save you money but also save you energy.
- Fix leaky plumbing: Leaky faucets and pipes waste water and energy. A large amount of energy is required to heat water and that water is wasted through leaky faucets so your water heater has to work harder to keep the temperature constant.
- Stop wasting water: Have you ever woken up in the morning only to realize your water faucet was dripping all night?Â Or perhaps you leave the water on when you shave or brush your teeth in the morning? Wasting water is costly. Conserving water not only saves you money on your water bill but also on your electricity bill.
- Go with ENERGY STAR: Whether youâ€™re buying bathroom light fixtures, bulbs, or bath fans, ENERGY STAR products help you save over a long period of time. For example, Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs) consume 75% less energy and last 8 to 10 years longer!
- Take quick showers: Even cutting your shower time by five minutes can help;Â and if you take baths, start taking showers instead.Â Â Install a flow restrictor on your showerhead or buy a low-flow showerhead (2.5 gallons/minute or less).
- Use natural light: If you have a window or skylight in your bathroom, forgo turning on the lights while you shower.Â If youâ€™re considering renovating your bathroom, a window or skylight would be a great addition!
- Solar water heating: Install a tank-less or solar water heater and have it placed near your bathroom to prevent heat loss.
- Have proper insulation: Insulate the pipes in your bathroom as well as the walls behind the bath tub. This will help retain the heat inside the bathroom and help you save money on your energy bill.
- Install a ventilation fan: Install a high quality ventilation fan to remove excess steam and moisture from your bathroom. Moisture and steam can create rust and damage your bathroom fixtures.
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