Make Your Next Bathroom Remodel Eco-Friendly With These Tips

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A bathroom that looks outdated is one thing.

One that’s unsightly, wastes water and energy, and makes your home’s air quality less than great?

That’s another story.

There have been plenty of advances in recent years that make it easier than ever to remodel your bathroom in a way that’s healthier for your home’s environment and easier on your wallet.

Let’s take a look at how to achieve an eco-friendly space.

Curb wasted water

Saving water is the most important consideration when you’re creating a “green” bathroom.

Forty-seven percent of water usage in your home occurs in the bathroom, with the toilet alone making up 24%.

Water-saving bathroom fixtures can drastically reduce those numbers.

Fixing leaks is also a significant way to stop wasting water in the bathroom.

Purchase an energy-efficient hot water heater

Even though your water heater isn’t in the bathroom, replacing your old model with one that’s more efficient is an important part of making your new space eco-friendly.

You have several options when it comes to hot water heaters that conserve energy.

  • Heat pump water heater. This type of water heater works almost like an air condition but in reverse. It pulls heat from the air and uses it to warm a refrigerant that heats the water.
  • Tankless. The difference with this water heater is that it warms the water as you use it instead of storing it in a tank.
  • Condensing storage water heater. How does 96% efficient sound? This clever system captures the exhaust and forces it through heat coils which creates more hot water with less energy.
  • Solar water heater. This is a viable option for anyone since it’s fueled by the sun, but it’s a good idea to have a back-up system for cloudy days.

Create a green loo

Try some of these out-of-the-box ideas for making your toilet more eco-friendly.

1. A tank lid that does double duty

You can replace your toilet’s tank lid with a “washing lid,” which is basically a sink on top of the tank where the water for flushing the toilet first goes through a faucet for hand washing.

2. No-flush

Consider a no-flush urinal for the men in your life. Or the women who are very agile.

3. Dual flush

A low-volume toilet allows for different amounts of water usage depending on what “type” of pottying is happening. Hint: There’s a #1 button and a #2 button.

Choose safe, sustainable flooring

There are a lot of floor options that give off harmful fumes.

Luckily, there are also plenty of choices that are perfectly safe and made of sustainable materials.

Check out some of the options:

  • Bamboo.
  • Cork.
  • Natural plaster.
  • Eco-friendly concrete.
  • Reclaimed-wood tiles.
  • Ivory-palm tiles.

Your family – and the Earth – will thank you

When you set out to make your new bathroom a green space, follow these tips.

It’s also important to find a contractor who has experience in creating eco-friendly, energy-saving bathrooms.

You can rest assured that you’re doing the best thing for your family and for the environment.

 

For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts Virginia Kitchen and Bath.

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