7 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly
Bathrooms get a lot of use - from brushing our teeth to showering, we're in and out for a fair amount of time during the day. The bathroom also uses a lot of resources, in particular and most obviously, water.
Making your bathroom more eco-friendly not only saves you money but is less damaging to the environment, too.
With these simple steps and choices, you can make more conscious decisions to reduce your home's wastage (and reduce your water bill).
1. Stop all leaks
We all know the annoyance of a leaking shower or tap. That continual sound of dripping water is enough to irritate even the most patient of people. But not only is that persistent sound maddening, it's a massive waste of water, which is a detriment to the environment as well as your water bill.
If you're struggling with leaks, whether that be from taps or toilets, call your local plumber to have them fixed.
2. Shower more, bathe less
With the exception of really long showers, taking a bath usually uses a lot more water than a single shower does. Just by reducing the amount of baths you take and opting for a shower instead, you can save excess water and take money off your water bill.
If you are privy to a good bath, it's important to ensure your bath is in good condition - a cracked liner or leaking water should be repaired as soon as possible. The team at Bathroom Werx have cost-effective solutions to bath repairs which give satisfying results to our customers.
3. Turn off the taps
Did you know that leaving just one tap running wastes six litres of water per minute? While a lot of people are already active in doing so, there's still people here or there who like to leave the tap running while they brush their teeth.
Not only does this skyrocket your water usage but it wastes precious water. Possibly the most simple action you can take to reduce your environmental footprint is to turn off your taps.
4. Install adaptors on bathroom faucets
Adaptors are quick, easy and affordable solutions for a more eco-friendly bathroom. Low-flow adaptors can be installed on the end of your faucets which aerate, restrict and regulate the flow of water, essentially reducing your water usage and expenditure.These low-flow adaptors are available for sinks and showerheads, so all corners of your bathroom can be covered.
5. Say no to antibacterial soaps
Studies have shown antibacterial soaps are no more beneficial than average soap and water for the hygiene and cleanliness of your hands. However, these antibacterial soaps are damaging to the environment. With plenty of eco-friendly soap options available in today's market, changing your soap is the easiest thing you can do to create a more environmentally friendly bathroom.
6. Fix the flush
If it's within your budget, considering changing your toilet to a more environmentally friendly option can make a tremendous difference - older model toilets on average use 11 litres of water per flush!
While this option most likely requires the most upfront costs, in the long run it'll save your water bill. Replacing your old model toilet with a low-flow/dual flush model or those rated with a high efficiency for water usage can greatly reduce water usage.
7. Consider re-enamelling, not replacing
If your bath is in dire need of replacing, whether it looks old or it's worn and damaged, there are alternative, more environmentally friendly options available.
Choosing to resurface your bathtub rather than replace means updating your bathroom at much less of a detriment to the environment.
The decision to resurface is an environmentally conscious choice; this decision eliminates excess waste, reduces the removal of damaged materials such as tiles, pipes and the bathtub itself, which all would ultimately end up in landfill.
When you choose to resurface, you're making a conscious choice to eliminate excess waste - resurfacing reduces the need for removing materials such as damaged and removed tiles, pipes or bathtubs and putting them in landfill.
Overall, there are several options you can take to not only help the environment but reduce your expenses simultaneously. With these examples and your budget in mind, you can start enjoying your bathroom even more knowing you've made it friendlier to the environment.