Homeowners have many different reasons to remodel a bathroom. For some, the remodel may be due to a change in style throughout the home. For others, it may be a necessity, as the bathroom may have some major wear and tear over time. For some homeowners too, it may be a change in their own personal beliefs. For example, homeowners who are invested in saving the environment may want to remodel their bathroom to be more eco-friendly. Thankfully, this is an option that can be easily attained.
If you are looking for ways to make your bathroom more ecofriendly—from ecofriendly bathroom products to complete environmentally friendly renos—the following are XX ideas for your green bathroom renovation.
- Water-Conserving Products
One easy way to make your bathroom more ecofriendly is to replace all those old water-wasting products and replace them with more water-saving options. For example, bath vanity faucets, shower heads and toilets can all waste water. If you replace these with water-saving options, you will help the environment by eliminating your overuse of water. Faucets and shower heads are created to reduce the amount of water that comes out when on. Water-saving toilets also use less water when flushed. Also, some have a dual-flush option, which will allow you to choose when less or more water is needed.
Opting for products that are Watersense certified is a great idea. According to Modern Bathroom, “Watersense is an EPA program that establishes guidelines for water consumption. Therefore, if a faucet, shower head, or toilet is labeled Watersense, it means that product uses less water than similar non-Watersense products.” Be sure to look for this label if you truly want a product that will reduce water usage.
- Energy Efficient Lighting
You need lights in your bathroom, so if you’re looking for a way to save the environment, then you should opt for energy-efficient lights. These lights are found in many different styles and watts, so you can easily find those that match your bathroom renovation and décor. Plus, they use less energy than typical lights/bulbs, which means you’ll not only save the environment, but you’ll save money too.
You can also invest in smart power strips for your bathroom too. These products monitor the amount of energy being used for everyday bathroom appliances, such as clocks or styling products. If they notice that appliances have been on for too long, they will turn the appliance to a stand-by mode so that it reduces the amount of energy being used. These are a great way to make your bathroom more ecofriendly.
- Green Materials
When remodeling your bathroom, opt for green materials. For example, use a cork or recycled wood floor instead of one that’s not environmentally friendly. You should also look for bath vanities, mirrors, rugs, and other items needed for your bathroom that are considered ecofriendly. Opting for recycled wood (or another recycled product) is the best option. You should also buy a green paint that is low in VOCs, which will help reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins that get into the air during your renovation.
- Reuse and Recycle
If you truly want a green bathroom, think of ways that you can reuse and recycle items from your current bathroom (or other areas of your home). For example, maybe you can reuse that dated bath vanity by simply giving it a facelift with a new coat of paint or a new countertop. Maybe you can salvage those light fixtures and spruce them up with some new bulbs and some new ecofriendly paint. Maybe you can reuse that drywall in another area of your home, or save the tile and use that in another area of your home too. The more products you can reuse and recycle, the greener your new bathroom will be.
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