Is living greener one of your New Year’s resolutions? That is a great goal! And, it is certainly a resolution you can keep. With just some simple adjustments and/or upgrades to your bathroom, you can substantially reduce your impact on the environment.
Just think, you could reduce your carbon footprint — and maybe your monthly expenses — with a few simple lifestyle changes! Use the following green bathroom upgrades to make your daily habits better for you and Mother Nature.
Simple Lifestyle Changes to be More ECO-Friendly in the Bathroom
Use LED Bulbs
When LED bulbs were first introduced, they produced a harsh light that wasn’t very pleasant. They were also ridiculously expensive. Luckily, times have changed. Today, you can get LED bulbs in a variety of hues for substantially less than in years past. Yes, they still have a bigger price tag, but with the savings you will reap in energy over time and the lifespan of the blub, it is well worth the investment.
Pick Organic Cotton
Bath linens made from organic cotton are comfy and soft. They also require less pesticides to produce than regular cotton towels. They also tend to be made with natural dyes and softeners that are less toxic. This means making them has less of an impact on the environment.
Use All-Natural Cleaning Solutions
Traditional bathroom products tend to be loaded with chemicals. While these chemicals can make quick work of bathroom scum, they can be hard on your health and Mother Nature. Luckily, there are a variety of natural bathroom products from which you can choose — many of which you probably already have in your pantry.
Items like baking soda and vinegar are some of the best ways to clean everything from stubborn soap scum to disgusting toilets. You can even use half a lemon or a grapefruit sprinkled with salt to scrub shower tiles. Talk about an easy and great smelling cleaning solution!
Be Smart with How You Use Your Water
In addition to a new tankless water heater and a low-flow toilet, taking a moment to consider how you are using your water can have a big impact. For instance, do you let the water run while you brush your teeth? All of that water is just going down the drain. Simply turning off the faucet is an easy way to save a substantial amount.
Identify and Eliminate Any Leaks
In addition to making sure you are conscious of how you use your water, get conscious of how your home is using water. Do you have leaky pipes anywhere? If you do, this is another way your home is wasting water (and money). By identifying and eliminating these leaks, you can save big. Plus, leaks can often lead to mold, mildew, and costly water damage — not something you want to deal with.
Take a Shower Rather than a Bath
Unless you take very long showers — 16 minutes or more — a bath uses substantially more water than a shower. Plus, showers tend to take less hot water than baths, which means you also save on electricity when you opt for a spray clean over the long soak.
Make Sure to Recycle
Chances are you are already recycling in the kitchen, but it is not uncommon to overlook recycling in the bathroom. And yet, so many products come in plastic and cardboard containers. Rather than toss those in the trash, take the time to add them to the recycling bin with your other items.
Easy ECO-Friendly Bathroom Upgrades
Install a Low-Flow Toilet to Use Less Water
Hate paying a big water bill? Who doesn’t. Low-flow toilets use substantially less water with each flush. You can even get toilets that allow you to select whether you are flushing for “Number 1” or “Number 2” — helping you consume even less water. Talk about impressive!
Tankless Water Heater
Traditional water heaters run nearly all the time because they need to keep a large reserve of water warm in the event you need it. This takes a large amount of energy. With a tankless hot water heart, water is only heated as you need it, when you need it.
Additionally, tankless water heaters don’t require a pilot light. This means they emit less carbon dioxide, helping to improve your home’s indoor air quality.