If you are thinking about upgrading your bathroom any time soon, you should consider designing an eco-friendly bathroom. Not only will you be helping the planet but you will also be saving money in the long term.
In this blog post, we will cover 3 of the simplest ways in which you can help reduce energy wastage. The best part about this blog post is you can then take your new-found knowledge and apply them to the other rooms in your home which will save you even more money.
1) Choosing the right fixtures
Marc from M and M Heating and Plumbing says that “You would be surprised to find out that everything you choose to go in your bathroom suite can have a massive impact on your energy usage. Some toilets can use up to less than 50% of water than their equivalent while looking the same.”
We agree with that quote because if you take the average person who uses 45 litres of water a day on toilet usage and split that in half that’s over 100 litres of water saved a week, just from using an eco-friendly toilet.
When shopping for bathroom suites you should look for fixtures and fittings that have low flow settings, low flow settings allow you to use less water when in use.
Low flow fixtures can be added to sinks, baths, showerheads and toilets. One disadvantage of a low flow system is that the water comes out at a slower rate and it can sometimes feel like the pressure in your system is gone, but that’s the whole point of this system and that is to use less water.
Low flow fixtures can be purchased in local plumbing stores, but if you want to grab a bargain I would recommend checking online first.
2) Change your lighting
Another way energy is wasted in the home is by using old-style lighting that wastes up to 80% of its energy through heat. Modern style lighting fixtures with LED lights can save you in your energy bills as they produce less energy waste and use up less electricity.
Modern LED lights convert 80% of their energy to give out light, which is far better than traditional bulbs that only manage to generate 20% of the light from the equivalent energy.
You can also get smart lighting solutions that turn themselves on and off when they detect no movement in a room. If you’re like me and your constantly forgetting to turn the lights off this could be a welcomed addition to your home.
3) Add insulation
Are you constantly turning the heating up and then off when your home warms up too much and cools too quickly. If this sounds like your home you could need new insulation.
Insulation can be expensive, but in the long run, it can save you a lot of money on your heating bills and your room will stay warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer.
Installing insulation in your home means that you won’t need to turn to use the heating as often as you currently are and when you do need to run the heating it will stay in your home for longer. By adding more insulation to your home you are going to save money and waste less energy.
Bathroom design can be difficult because not only do you need to consider the layout of your suite but you also need to take into consideration long term finances. An eco-friendly bathroom could also be more desirable when it comes to selling your home, especially to those with families.
Large families tend to spend higher amounts on their utility bills than anyone else so if you can make a bathroom that is more friendly and cost-effective to them you could possibly get more money for your home when it comes to selling it.