More than ever, we are adapting the way we live and changing our everyday habits to be more sustainable. Worries about climate change, water use and energy wastage are driving us to consider our impact on the environment and do our bit to live a greener lifestyle.
Your bathroom might not be the first place that comes to mind as somewhere you need to bring about change but actually, there’s a lot that can be done to make it an environmentally-friendly space. With pressing warnings about water shortages in the future, now is an especially good time to focus on your bathroom, where we use more water than anywhere else in the house.
Here, we’ll run you through some ways to evaluate whether your bathroom is eco-friendly, and how you might go about introducing improvements.
Showers vs baths
You probably already know that showers are less wasteful than baths. That’s true – a medium sized bath uses about 150 litres of water, but did you also know a ten-minute power shower has around the same usage?
One way to keep your showers at an eco-friendly level is to install an aerating shower head. These work by mixing water with air, restricting the water flow while still delivering the pressure of a power shower. An electric shower is always an economical choice too, as they save energy by only ever heating the water you need.
A simple water-saving change you can make to your showering habits is turning off the water while you lather up with soap.
Dual flush toilets
Toilets, particularly older types with large cisterns, use a huge amount of water with every flush. If you haven’t already, think about switching to a dual-flush design. They give you the option of a half flush, which significantly cuts out a whole lot of unnecessary water usage.
One of the easiest ways to save water in the bathroom is to turn off the taps when you’re brushing your teeth. You can take this one step further though by installing automatic taps, also called sensor taps, on your sink basin. Not only do these touchless taps turn on precisely as and when you need them, they usually have a low flow rate that minimises water usage too.
Smart home devices
Smart devices are giving us more control in our homes and many are improving our eco-friendly credentials at the same time. Most relevant to your bathroom is a smart thermostat, like the Nest Learning. Installing one of these helps you control and keep on top of your energy usage, particularly for heating water, and are just as handy for saving you money on your bills as saving the planet.
Energy saving lightbulbs
They cost a little more in the first instance, but when LED lightbulbs use 90% less energy, you know it’s worth replacing any older traditional bulbs in your bathroom. Plus, the savings on your energy bill that they provide offers you a better deal in the long run, especially since they have an extra-long lifespan. There all kinds of customisable LED lights out there, so you can create the desired atmosphere in your bathroom while sticking to eco-friendly lighting.
Whether you are starting on a bathroom design from scratch or just looking for easy-to-make changes, hopefully, we have shown there are plenty of ways you can create a more eco-friendly bathroom.