The bathroom has a bad reputation. It is the one room in the house that is the most expensive to build. All those pipes, electrical wires, furniture, built-ins and fixtures really add up. No other room in the house, except perhaps the kitchen, costs as much to put together.
More than that, though, is the fact that most bathrooms are not exactly environmentally-friendly. Tubs use a lot of water, toxic soaps go down the drain, building materials are often not the cleanest.
So, there you are, an environmentally-conscious person. You want your home to reflect your lifestyle and your beliefs. As important is the fact that you don’t want your wallet to start emptying.
How do you go about creating an eco bathroom without going broke? We’ve got some tips to help you out!
- Water is the single biggest expense in a bathroom. Switch to shower heads, toilets and faucets that are designed to save water.
- Keep on top of potential leaks. Toilet tanks are notorious for leaking. Change the hardware as soon as you begin to hear the tank filling when it hasn’t even been flushed.
- Install a large window or skylight in the bathroom. The more natural light that is allowed to enter, the less electricity you will be using.
- Investigate toilets that function as a composter. There’s no reason why perfectly clean water should be used in a toilet. Once flushed, that water can never be properly cleaned and reused. Human waste, however, can be composted and used on garden plants.
- Dual-flush toilets are known water-savers because they limit the amount of water used per flush and type of waste.
- Look for a hybrid sink. This product is built into the top of the toilet tank. When you wash your hands in the sink, that water will fill the toilet tank instead of being lost down the drain.
- Opt out of the tub. Instead install a steam shower that will function as a regular shower as well as a luxury (and low water-use) bathroom feature.
Have you renovated your own bathroom? Tell us how you included environmentally-friendly elements.