Your bathroom renovation is an exciting project that will beautify and improve one of the most important spaces in your home, and it's important to implement eco-friendly updates in your renovation plan.
Making environmentally friendly decisions for your bathroom remodel is great for the planet, and it's also a terrific way to save money on your utility bills. Eco-friendly renovations offer the best of both worlds with savings on your bills and a healthier living space for your family.
Using Less Water in Your New Bathroom
One of the easiest ways to create a more efficient bathroom during your renovation is to look at the devices that use water. That means replacing the toilet, the shower and bathtub faucets, and the hardware on the sink. If you have an old toilet in your home, you could be wasting up to seven gallons of water in every single flush. New, efficient models may use just over a gallon.
According to statistics gathered by Duke University,
"Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home. Older toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. WaterSense labeled toilets could save you a bundle."
Toilet designers and manufacturers listened when consumers said the low-flow versions weren't cutting it as far as transporting waste in a single flush. Today's toilets are powerful, and they're an amazing way to reduce water use in your home.
Likewise, the faucets in your bathroom are another area where "low-flow" comes into play. Taking showers that don't last very long is a great way to reduce your water usage, but a new showerhead can make saving water even easier.
In an article on tips to "green" your bathroom, Inhabitat also shares how a new showerhead can increase the safety and clarity of the water your family uses for washing:
"We also recommend finding a shower head with a water filter built-in, especially if you have hard water... Like any water filter, it will remove impurities, chlorine or other chemicals, and the potential health problems that these things harbor for both the skin and your respiratory system."
Finally, you may want to think about investing in motion sensor faucets. Even if you shut the faucet off in the middle of brushing your teeth, it's still really easy to waste water at the sink. A motion sensor not only reduces how much water you use, but it's also a terrific way to cut down on the contaminants and dirt that build up on the faucets.
Consider: When you wash your hands, you turn on the handle when your hands are still dirty. When you're finished, you shut the handle off with your clean hand, but you're grabbing a handle that was just turned by a dirty hand. A motion-sensor faucet eliminates this problem.
Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
Virtually every surface in your bathroom is ripe for eco-friendly renovation, and that includes the floor beneath your feet. Perhaps you're looking for an upgrade from worn-out linoleum to a sleek new stone floor.
According to Mother Earth Living on eco-friendly flooring:
"When it comes to bathroom décor, tile is a great choice for eco-conscious folks. Made with clay, sand and water fired at a high temperature, tile is ideal for countertops, backsplashes, walls and even shower floors."
In addition to using sustainable materials like natural stone, glass, ceramic, and clay, you can also choose to get your flooring from companies that incorporate recycled materials into their products. Apartment Therapy offers a terrific list of eco-friendly tile manufacturers.
Tip: Your contractor is another great source to ask about eco-friendly bathroom features.
After the Work is Complete
When you're standing in your newly renovated bathroom and you can admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the space, your role in providing a healthy and eco-friendly environment for your family isn't complete.
It's time to stock your bathroom with natural and homemade cleansers and products.
While the word "chemical" shouldn't scare you away from a particular cleaning product, it's important to make sure that the supplies you keep in the bathroom aren't toxic. Mixtures that utilize ingredients like vinegar, club soda, lemon, and natural soap are the safest options for your family.
Conventional cleansers that feature warning labels about the health consequences of accidentally inhaling the product aren't the sort of items you want in a room your family uses several times a day.
Let's Get Started on Your Bathroom Renovation
We're excited to help you improve your bathroom, beautify the space, and improve your home's value through renovation. Utah Basement, Kitchen & Bath is an ideal partner for your eco-friendly bathroom renovation.
For assistance with design, planning and budgeting your bathroom remodel, contact Utah Basement Kitchen and Bath about a free project consultation and estimate today!