You may not think twice about the energy used in your bathroom but did you know a standard bathroom is more wasteful than it is resourceful? Here’s a checklist you can perform to see where bathroom renovations can be made to help you save.
High Efficiency Shower Head
A good way to make your bathroom more energy efficient would be by starting with the shower head. On average, a standard shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. That’s a lot of water if you enjoy showers longer than 15 minutes. By replacing your standard shower head with a more efficient shower head the pressure of the water is maintained while water consumption is reduced.
Low Flow Toilets
Regular toilets use a lot of water per flush regardless of liquid or solid waste being disposed of. A low flow toilet gives you the option of choosing how much water to use by using a dual flush system so you can choose how much water to use per flush.
Adding a “tank bag” filled with water will also help displace water in the back of the tank reducing water usage. You do not want to use a brick as it can damage plumbing and wear from erosion over time.
More Efficient Water Faucets
Similar to high-efficiency shower heads the high-efficiency faucets work in the same manner by providing a higher pressure rate with lower water consumption.
Faucet aerators can help reduce your water usage by half and savings on your utility bill can be seen in as short as 30 days.
CFL and LED Lighting
Replacing incandescent light bulbs in the bathroom with CFL or LED lights will cut energy and heat costs and usually require fewer bulbs needed for a standard 3 – 5 light bulb vanity. Both CFL and LED light bulbs burn longer and offer more natural lighting.
Gray Water System
Depending on your location this will vary by jurisdiction on whether or not you can install a gray water system. A GW system makes use of water that is still useable but hasn’t come in contact with any type of fecal matter or harmful chemicals allowing it to be recycled. The recycled water can be used to wash your car or water landscaping.
Energy Efficient Water Heaters
Something many people don’t take into consideration but a device your bathroom uses quite a bit of is the water heater. Original water heaters use tanks but those tanks can use up to 20% more energy just heating water that is never used. Adding a tankless water heater allows water to be heated on demand and can be paired with a solar water heater to help further heat the water and cut down on the energy required to heat water.
Exhaust fans for your bathroom aide in keeping your bathroom dry and preventing mold from forming which can create unwanted smells as well as possible breathing problems.
Replacing your old bathroom fan with an ENERGY RATING rated will quickly and quietly rid your bathroom of moisture and draw less power than a standard conventional bathroom fan.
Insulating Water Pipes
Insulating hot water pipes with foam insulation helps reduce heat loss for hot water waiting to be used. Insulating cold water pipes helps prevent freezing during colder months. Just implementing a few simple steps and upgrading a few appliances will not only give you a more energy efficient bathroom but will also lower your carbon footprint you have on the environment.