Let’s turn for a second to a perhaps one of the smallest, yet one of the most vital, rooms in your home; the bathroom. This is the site of a lot of attention when it comes to transforming a standard home into the home of our dreams, since remodeling the bathroom is commonly at the top of the list when it comes to renovations. Yet now thanks to innovation, you can make it one of the most eco-friendly areas in your home while you’re also updating its look.
How do you do it?
Here’s home remodeling enthusiast Alysssa Davis to shed some light on how making your bathroom green is a great start in all kinds of benefits for you at home …
The “green” eco-friendly craze [ED: let’s hope it’s a part of a shifting cultural paradigm, not just a craze…] is sweeping the United States right now, with thousands of new converts working hard to design products, tools, building materials, furniture, and accessories with features that satisfy consumers trying to conserve energy and save the planet.
Whether you are renovating a bathroom or just trying to be kinder to the environment by replacing energy guzzling fixtures, there are dozens of eco-friendly bathroom hardware products and fixtures available from some of the most popular manufacturers.
Typical Bathroom Fixtures
When we talk about green bathroom hardware, we are discussing faucets for the bathtub and sink, showerhead, toilet, and similar fixtures. These are the features that have the greatest potential to waste water and therefore, energy. Most people are not even aware of the conservation issues raised by a simple toilet flush, but think of it this way: If you waste several gallons of water every time you flush, how many gallons are you wasting in a day? A week? How about a year?
Water conservation is one of the key features in any bathroom feature that claims to be eco-friendly. Many manufacturers have cooperated with researchers and scientists to create bathroom fixtures that use less water, so that you can reduce your family’s carbon footprint. The less water we use, the more we have for other uses, and for a much longer period of time. Also, every time you use water, your well or municipal water supply uses energy to replenish your water tank; and a hot water tank uses even more energy.
Benefits of Green Bathroom Fixtures
There are several distinct benefits to purchasing environmentally-friendly bathroom fixtures. They may not be apparent initially, because some of these features are a bit more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but the long run benefits are amazing, to say the least. Here are just a few of the most important benefits of choosing to install green bathroom hardware in your home:
1. They will save you money
This may be one of the best advantages of green bathroom fixtures. Bathroom hardware that is friendly to the earth uses less water, and it is not hard to connect the dots and figure out how that saves you money. For a family of only four people, it equals about $100 per year, and even more for larger families or those who had less energy efficient toilets (such as outdated models). These savings are for the toilet alone…let alone the showerhead.
2. They look great
The modern style and sophistication of the eco-friendly bathroom fixtures gives your bathroom a perfect introduction to twenty-first century style. No matter what design style you prefer, green bathroom hardware offers the first step toward a beautiful bathroom that will save you money.
3. They promote sustainable living
Green bathroom fixtures give you the opportunity to do something about at least a small portion of the crisis that our earth is facing. With constantly decreasing natural resources, we have to make every effort to conserve what we can while we still have the opportunity. If we leave it to our children to do, we may discover that there is little or nothing left for our grandchildren, and even less for future generations.