When it comes to places in our home that use the greatest amount of energy and resources, the bathroom and kitchen are two of the biggest culprits. As we have learned more about humans impact on the environment and the consequences of climate change, many people are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of the areas of their homes that take the most energy. Another thing people are learning is that by improving the efficiency of their homes, they also reduce their utility costs as well.
The bathroom is a spot that many people want to be as comfortable and luxurious as possible. At the same time, nobody wants to waste an excess of water and energy in the process. Luckily, there are environmentally friendly options that allow you to use resources more efficiently without having to sacrifice quality or style in the process.
Most of us have heard of smart home systems. These are systems that are often integrated via an app to our phones or mobile devices that allow us to manage the temperature of our homes, what lights are on, etc., regardless of where we are. There are also tons of energy efficient and resource saving appliances and building strategies that provide the ultimate level of comfort without a flagrant waste of resources.
In the bathroom, the two biggest culprits of waste are hot water and water waste. People are usually very shocked with they learn how much energy it takes to keep a whole water tank full of water heated all the time. They are also shocked to learn how much water is wasted every time someone flushes a traditional toilet or uses a regular showerhead.
One of the first steps to smart bathroom starts in the utility room. A tankless water heater is more expensive at the outset, but ultimately saves a ton of energy while still giving you on demand hot water. This is a more common sense approach to hot water that takes into account the flagrant waste of energy that keeping a tank of water heated at all times, rather than just heating water as you need it.
Fixtures and appliances are another key area where resources are often wasted. Choosing a low flow toilet gives you all the advantages of a top of the line toilet without using an unnecessarily large amount of water in the process of removing waste from the bowl. There are now a huge variety of low-flow toilets that look, feel, and operate just like a traditional toilet, but using sometimes as much as a third of the water of a traditional toilet. That makes a huge difference that even an average household will see by way of water savings.
Low flow and water saving showerheads are also another great way to make your bathroom smarter and more efficient in its use of resources. These are fixtures that can be attached to existing shower installations. These heads basically restrict flow so that far less water is used when in operation. Many of these showerheads also have a switch that allows you to turn the water off when you are soaping up, so as to not waste water that is not being used to clean your body.
These are inexpensive and come in a whole range of types. You can even find massaging showerheads that are low flow, proving that you don’t have to give up functionality and added amenities just to reduce your water consumption. There is no need to sacrifice comfort to save water anymore. By taking small steps and making small changes like these, you will have the bathroom of the future – a bathroom that provides sumptuous comfort but not at the expense of wasted resources.