- Replace fixtures.
If you're remodeling your bathroom or simply looking for ways to decrease energy costs, a quick and easy place to start is by swapping out outdated fixtures for energy efficient ones. The lights in your bathroom are constantly turned off and on. Consider replacing the light bulbs in your bathroom with energy efficient bulbs. Look for the Energy Star logo before you purchase light bulbs for any room in your home.
The shower head in your bath is another fixture that can be easily switched to decrease your water usage and water bills simultaneously. A low flow shower head will help to minimize the amount of water used during a shower and decrease electricity bills as well.
You'll also want to make sure there are no leaky faucets that cause excess water usage. Your hot water heater should be a temperature that is warm enough for you to be comfortable, but not scalding hot. If you are doing a bathroom remodel you may want to look into a tankless water heater. It warms water instantly and saves money and energy.
- Go organic with your linens.
Many people think about going organic with their food choices, but don't realize they have that option when it comes to their linens as well. Organic cotton requires less pesticides to produce and is safer for the environment as many of the dyes and softeners are less toxic. Organic cotton is also softer than regular cotton linens. Switching your regular plastic shower curtain to one made of hemp or heavy dock cotton is another swap that is safer for you and the environment. Treat yourself to luxurious organic cotton linens and help protect the environment at the same time.
- Use recycled materials.
A bathroom remodel requires you to choose from a variety of materials in the construction of your bathroom. If you want to go green, consider choosing materials like tile made from recycled products for your floors, showers and counter tops. recycled materials are becoming more and more popular, and as a result there are many styles and colors you can choose from.
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