There are many ways that we can all conserve energy. We make little choices every day, even in the bathroom that can add up to big energy savings.
Water & Heating /Cooling
- Change your showerhead. Heating water uses energy and costs money. To increase savings, use a low flow 2.5 gallon-per-minute showerhead. Low flow toilets can save quite a bit of water as well.
- For everyday bathing, take a short shower instead of a bath. A shower uses much less water, so you’ll save energy by not heating all that extra water, which is significant because water heating accounts for approximately 25 percent of a home’s energy use!
- Consider your shower time. During the summer, take hot showers/baths during cool times of the day. This will reduce the amount of heat you put into your home and prevent your AC from working too hard.
- Fix those drips. Running toilets and leaky faucets in the sink and shower not only waste water, but they also can waste energy. Hot water drips can cost you money over time, upwards of $40 a year.
- Use cold water when possible. For example, when washing toothpaste down the drain, cold water works just as well as hot but doesn’t waste energy heating the water.
- Install water aerators on faucets. They are very cheap and easy to install.
- Improve your windows. Even small bathroom windows need attention. If they are single pane, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows. Reduce air leaks by caulking, sealing and weather-stripping all seams and cracks opening to the outside air. Proper sealing and insulation can save as much as 10% on annual energy costs.
- Take a look at your water heater. Fuel type, size and energy efficiency are all factors that you should look at when selecting a water heater. Choose a water heating system that will efficiently provide enough hot water by determining the right size and fuel source for your home.
- Clean your AC vents. Air conditioning and heating vents can be overlooked in the bathroom. Remember to get the dust and grime out regularly. This will help with airflow and save energy.
Lights and Electrical Equipment
- Invest in energy efficient lighting. Bathroom lights are one of the most used light sources in the home. You can save up to 75 percent by switching to LED or compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Turn the lights off. When you leave the room, make sure to flip the switch. If you can’t get everyone on board with this, you may want to install a movement sensor to cut lights on and off automatically.
- Make sure that different areas of the bathroom are wired to have different light switches so that you can use only the lights you need.
- Don’t forget the fan. Use ventilation fans to help prevent mold, but don’t leave them on longer than needed. After 15 minutes go back to the bathroom and turn everything off.
- Remember to unplug hair dryers, electric toothbrush chargers and other bathroom gadgets when you are finished using them. Not only will you conserve energy, you will also increase safety as you ensure your electronics will not accidentally fall into water or cause electric fires. Do not use power strips in the bathroom. This is a safety hazard. Take the time to unplug everything separately.
All of these little habit changes and modifications to your bathroom can be accomplished pretty easily and will amount to big energy savings.
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