We all know the value of going green. It’s an easy way to ensure that the planet will still be here for our children’s, children, but it’s more than that. Making green improvements in your home can actually increase the value of your home and save you money. Whether you install a low-flow toilet or use recycled materials, your bathroom remodel can be green. The following are just five things you can do to create a green bathroom.
Install a Low-Flow Toilet
People are often turned off by the idea of a low-flow toilet. In the beginning these toilets were poorly designed and didn’t work very well. Today’s low-flow models are designed to work just as well as regular toilets with a lot less water. Because the bathroom is where most water in the home is used, every change you can make to improve water usage will make your home greener.
Change the Ventilation Fan
A ventilation fan is essential for preventing mold and mildew in the bathroom. Unfortunately, many people forget to turn them off and many fans pull cold air into the home, increasing the heating bills. You can install a new fan that uses warm air and has a motion detector or timer, which will cut down on your electricity bills.
Choose Recycled Materials
There are so many wonderful materials that are made from recycled materials. Whether it’s countertops made with recycled glass or reclaimed tile used for the flooring, recycled materials are a great way to go green in the bathroom. You could even recycle a gorgeous piece of furniture into your vanity. Think outside the box.
Reuse What You Can
Not every item in your current bathroom is garbage. For example, you could use spray paint to update the hardware on your shower door and the other fixtures in the bathroom. It’s an affordable change and keeps trash out of the landfill.
Invest in a Tankless Water Heater
A whole house water heater not only wastes money, but is bad for the environment. One of the best green additions you can make to your bathroom is a tankless water heater. The heater heats the water you need, when you need it. You don’t have to worry about water being kept warm for hours at a time before you even need it.
The bathroom is one of the best rooms you can start with to go green. Whether you look for options that use less water or less energy, going green in the bathroom is easy and affordable. Best of all, you’ll save money off your monthly bills.
About the Author: Elton Ballif and his wife are working to make their home as eco friendly as possible, while at the same time maintaining security. They just finished installing commercial grade door hardware on their garage but are now focused on eco friendly bathroom and kitchen solutions.
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