3 More Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly
|January 29, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Pro Tips, Thinking Green|
As previously mentioned in our article 4 Simple Ways to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly, we explored various small changes any homeowner can make to make their bathroom more green and earth friendly. We’re back again with three additional ways to upgrade your bathroom for the better.
Replace That Old Toilet!
The average American flushes the toilet at least 5 times per day. It’s no wonder the toilet accounts for the single highest use of water in the home. With over 31% of a family’s water bill devoted to the toilet and a typical family of 4 flushing over 20 times per day, replacing an older toilet can dramatically reduce water consumption.
Federal guidelines require all new toilets sold use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Some states, like Georgia, have stricter limits of 1.28 gallons per flush. Either way, upgrading to a WaterSense toilet will conserve water and reduce your water bill.
We recommend the TOTO Drake II 1 Gallon toilet and the American Standard Compact Cadet toilet. Both are water efficient and look great in any bathroom. Click here to learn more about the benefits of upgrading to a water efficient toilet.
Dry Off with Earth Friendly Towels
You may not think much about how your bathroom towels are produced, but you should! The cotton used in most towels is harvested using pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals don’t wash off in the laundry and can easily be transferred to you when you dry off from a shower. Switching to organic cotton or bamboo towels eliminates the need to worry about these chemicals in the home.
Light the Way With Compact Light Bulbs
Light your bathroom with energy efficient light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs can last up to 20 years, pay for themselves after 6 months, and only cost about $6 per year to run (traditional light bulbs cost $20 per year to run).
For more ways to make your home green visit our Conservation and Green Information Pinterest Board.