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If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, it’s the perfect opportunity to integrate some eco-friendly elements into the space. The bathroom offers plenty of options for greener alternatives. Even if you’re not planning an entire redesign, there are a myriad of minor modifications you can make to ensure your bathroom is more environmentally friendly. Here are some simple things to consider:
Upgrade Your Toilet
There have probably been dozens of technological advancements in toilets since your current model was developed. More often than not, older toilets can waste a considerable amount of water. Swapping your older-model toilet for something newer and more efficient can help you save water. The toilet is a great place to start, whether you’re remodeling the entire space or just making some key upgrades.
Upgrade Your Materials
If you plan to retile the shower or install new cabinets, you should give strong consideration to what type of materials you’ll use. Can you find recycled materials near you? If not, research and choose the best sustainable option. You can find green materials that fit your needs without sacrificing any aesthetic preferences.
Regulate Your Water
Check to see what temperature your water heater is set to. The EPA reports that turning the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees saves 6 to 10 percent each year on your hot water heating costs. Apart from temperature, consider your water flow. Installing a flow restrictor in your showerhead and opting for a low flow toilet can help you reduce the amount of water you’re using.
Even if you’re not planning an extensive renovation, there are dozens of small upgrades you can make. Take toiletries for instance— you can switch to bamboo toothbrushes, begin stocking reusable items rather than disposable ones (like razors and cotton swabs), and swap your plastic bottles of shampoos and soap bars. Whatever your budget, you can begin to make your space more environmentally friendly.
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