Environmentally friendly initiatives will help preserve the earth, but can also have a positive effect on your life. Environmentally friendly upgrades are usually cost-effective and can make your home a healthier place to live. Here are the top five ways you can make your bathroom more sustainable.
One: Install Low Flow Showerheads
Low flow showerheads decrease the amount of water being used without decreasing your water pressure. They are easy to install and will make a large difference on the environment and on your wallet.
Two: Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Materials
Conventional cleaning products can be harmful to both you and the environment. Instead of using products with harsh chemicals, try making homemade cleaning materials. For example, you can make an all-purpose disinfectant by mixing 2 cups of water, a few drops of natural soap and a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils. This can be used on virtually every surface except glass. There are plenty of other homemade cleaning recipes all over the internet.
Three: Buy Sustainable Bath Products
In the same vein as environmentally friendly cleaning materials, you should also try sustainable bath products. Buy bottle-free shampoo and conditioner bars. Use bars of soap instead of body wash. Get reusable makeup remover towels instead of one-time-use cloths.
Four: Change Your Lightbulbs
A simple change you can make in your bathroom is to change your older lights to LED lights. They use significantly less energy and they last a lot longer than traditional halogen lights.
Five: Invest in Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters use significantly less energy than tank heaters, take less time to heat up and never run out of hot water. Their lifespan is double that of a standard tank heater and less energy expenditure means lower utility bills. You can read more on this subject in our blog What’s the Buzz About Tankless Water Heaters.
If you’re interested in upgrading your bathroom to be more energy-efficient, give Parker & Sons Plumbing a call. We can help with shower and faucet installation as well as water heater replacement.