You might be thinking of renovating your bathroom, but you might not be; either way, you should be thinking of how to create a green bathroom.
‘Greenovation’ might be a made-up word but over the coming years more and more people will be using it, and doing it too. This is because currently the bathroom is the one room in the house that use the most amount of water, the most amount of paper is wasted and harsh cleaning chemicals are used regularly. This doesn’t have to be the case though.
By making a few small changes, you can turn your money-hungry bathroom into a cost effective oasis. Below are a few things you can do to create a green bathroom:
Use Recycled Toilet Paper
A lot of companies now offer recycled toilet paper, and if you’re not using it at the moment, you should be. When you next go shopping, make sure you check the label of the product to see if it is recycled because this is an easy change and can help to save a number of trees.
A lot of people don’t know, but around 30% of your household water consumption actually comes from flushing the toilet. In fact, dependant on how new the toilet is, it could be using around eight galls of water every time you flush it. Using this amount of water every time you flush can have a huge impact on your monthly bills, so it can be a good idea to change your old toilet that drinks water to a modern, low-flow toilet that will reduce your water consumption.
Fight Against Mould
Mould and mildew build-up in the bathroom is common, yet one of the biggest annoyances. There are ways to stop the build-up of damp within the bathroom causes by sitting water and condensation without using harsh chemicals. Opening a window every now and then will help reduce the growth of mould and mildew but when trying to remove it use water, baking soda and a bit of liquid soap to get rid of it, instead of buying expensive solutions from the shop which could be release toxic chemicals into your bathroom. Tiles are great for your bathroom, but they do need to be wiped down regularly to prevent the build-up of water or dampness.
Low-Flow Shower Head
Having a ‘good’ shower is always important and a lot of people believe that they will sacrifice a good water flow by opting for an eco-shower, but that’s not the case. A low-flow shower head uses around 2.5 gallons of water a minute, compared to older models which actually use between two and four times as much each minute.
Change Your Light Bulbs
Light bulbs have come a long way over the last few years but it is surprising how many bulbs are still old and inefficient. Switching your light bulbs is a great way to save money and energy, especially LED bulbs. In fact, these bulbs use around 80% less energy and last for around 25 times longer than old, traditional bulbs. This doesn’t affect the brightness of the lights either, and you probably won’t even notice the difference – except the reduced energy bills of course. 9
So, when thinking about creating a green bathroom, you should employ some of these changes to ensure you save money on your bills and your bathroom stays looking beautiful and damp-free all year round.