At Elegant Bathrooms, we have learned a lot over the years about the importance of being eco-friendly. Eco is an abbreviation for ecology, which is the system of relationships between living things and their environment.
To be friendly to our environment, we want our choices to be beneficial and not harmful to the environment.
There are lots of ways to do this, but one of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly in the bathroom is to cut down on waste, in particular, cutting down on the use of water.
So for today’s blog, we have our favourite ideas for cutting down on waste, and these are all things that can be easily built into the structure of your bathroom. As the saying goes, set it and forget it!
Let’s get to it!
#1 Motion Sensor Faucet
You’ve all seen these faucets in public washrooms – the water turns on when your hands are under it and then turns off when you move your hands away. These can be installed in your home bathroom as well, and if you want to be eco-friendly, this is one of the best ways to do it!
It is estimated that sensor-controlled faucets can save 30 – 50% of overall water use.
This means less water wasted, which ultimately means less energy used to clean, process and deliver water to your community. All these water-saving ideas will translate to savings on your water bill – everybody wins!
#2 Digital Shower
“What the heck is a digital shower?” you may ask.
We are SO glad you asked because it is really cool and we love recommending it to our clients.
One of the biggest features of a digital shower is a built-in digital thermostat. This controls the temperature and flow of the water remotely and precisely, using an external digital control panel or remote (or sometimes a smartphone app).
Many digital showers come with an ‘eco mode’ option, which can help you save water by reducing the flow. Some models include a motion sensor that automatically lowers the flow when moving away from the shower.
Instant temperature adjustment also means you don’t waste water waiting for it to heat up, and you can also set timers to help you keep your shower length on track.
#3 Water Saving Toilet
Toilets use more water than anything else in the average home, so a great opportunity to cut down on your water use – install a water-saving, eco-friendly toilet! The US Environmental Protection Agency says it right here:
“By replacing old, inefficient toilets…the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year!
They could also save more than $140 per year in water costs and $2,900 over the lifetime of the toilets.”
Saving money and saving wastewater are going hand in hand again!
In years past, bidets always meant having an extra fixture in your bathroom – a bulky and not particularly attractive one. Not anymore!
Now, there are multiple options for bidet seats and attachments. They attach to the water supply on your toilet and are often close to invisible!
Bidets can save you a ton of money on toilet paper – something that many of our savvy clients figured out when toilet paper was hard to come by during the pandemic.
They are typically very easy to install, but please let us know if you have any questions, and we would be happy to help!
#5 Humidity Sensor Fan
Installing an energy-efficient humidity sensing bathroom fan can help you save a lot of energy (and money on energy bills!). A humidity-sensing bathroom fan promotes proper ventilation, reduces excess moisture levels, and improves airflow as a regular fan.
But with a humidity sensing fan, a sensor monitors the moisture levels in your bathroom and activates the fan whenever the humidity level rises above a certain level.
It turns off when the moisture level is low, greatly reducing the time and energy used with a manual on/off the fan.
Another easy way to make your bathroom more eco-friendly!
We hope that some of these ideas have given you inspiration for your eco-friendly bathroom!
If so, get on the phone with us today – we love helping our clients become more environmentally friendly (and save money – bonus!).