Even though most of us spend only a fraction of our time in the bathroom compared to other rooms in our homes and offices, they can account for a surprisingly high proportion of energy and water use. This is often due to bathroom furniture being outdated, inefficient or simply set to an unnecessarily high rate of water or electricity consumption.
The good news is that, with a little forethought, upgrading a bathroom to a higher degree of energy efficiency isn’t that difficult. You’ll be doing you bit for the environment and it should result in considerable savings on utility bills that will prove a sound investment over the years to come too.
Here’s some of the best ways to improve our energy consumption by changing our bathroom habits.
Invest in a low-flush toilet
In an average household the toilet will alone consume around a quarter of all water use. That’s really quite a lot, so think twice next time you flush a paper handkerchief. A standard toilet like those found in the majority of homes and offices can consume up to seven gallons of water per flush – far in excess of what is needed to remove the waste.
Low flow toilets use on average about two gallons per flush and decent models will perform the job just as adequately. Even better, find a model that has a dual flush system – one for a more powerful flush (suitable for solids), and one for just a quick flush (for liquids). Converters can be picked up for very little expense that may be attached to old-style toilets. Even if you are just looking to maintain a single flush system that uses less water, placing a water saver bag or even a brick in the cistern will reduce the amount of water held for each flush.
One thing’s for sure, at present most of our toilets are really wasting resources so have a think and experiment with what is best for you.
Low flow showerheads
Sure, most people like a powerful vigorous shower but the temptation is always to linger and use much more water than needed. A low flow showerhead serves to reduce the amount of water consumed by as much as two thirds, and also provide savings on the amount of electricity needed to actually warm the water. Even those who like to luxuriate in the shower can make savings here!
When looking for a low flow showerhead try to buy one that also includes a water filter. This will help prevent skin and/or respiratory issues that can be caused by excessive chlorine and other impurities in the water.
Use motion sensors on sinks
Washing hands, brushing teeth and shaving – all of these and many more involve water being wasted. Even the smallest things such as turning the tap on before putting your hands underneath the flow count; over the course of a year it will add up to an expensive waste of a precious resource.
Motion sensor taps like many of those now found in modern offices & public conveniences are increasingly popular at home as they almost totally remove any waste of water, while also being more hygienic.
Install led bulbs & look at more efficient ventilation fans
This should be a matter of course in every room in the office & home, but for some reason it is common for people to skip their bathrooms. With savings of up to 80% nowadays it is really a no-brainer when the quality of the lighting is just as good. Plus they last far longer too.
Of course, the best and most affordable ventilation is just to open a window but that may well not be desirable all year round. Modern fan systems use up to 60% less power and are surprisingly cheap to buy.
Use ecologically sound bathroom products
Being ‘greener’ isn’t all about saving money, however (nice as that is!). Consider reinvesting a little of that spare cash in buying superior brands of non-toxic bathroom products. Large proportions of bathroom lotions and chemicals have been tested upon animals and also contain petrochemicals and preservatives that are environmentally damaging to produce.
Adding a little to the green economy not just stimulates ethical sources of production but being entirely organic will reap considerable improvements for your skin and hair.
While most people will use a towel or cotton cloth to wipe dry their hands at home it’s worth a mention for those who instead have hot air hand dryers or use paper towels such as offices and public buildings. Wherever possible, air dryers should replace paper towel dispensers and they should preferably use cold air rather than hot.
Last but not least, take a quick look at the cleaning liquids, sprays and cloths that you might use in the bathroom. Most of them will have dozens of chemicals and big warning labels that the product is highly toxic. You can make up for some of these uses by using products that are natural and found in most homes. There are plenty of recipes for using baking soda and vinegar as alternative – and cheap – cleaning agents.
So making a greener bathroom will not just save money but also significantly reduce the environmental footprint of your office or home. Why not visit www.cannonhygiene.com for more information on washroom efficiency today.