From Margaret on August 31st, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel
Bathrooms top the list of most valuable home renovations. Not only does a bathroom remodel improve your living situation, it increases the selling value of your home. But there’s another reason to go for that bathroom redo you’ve been considering for months—nay, years—now. A green-remodeled bathroom conserves energy and water, saving you money and resources.
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Think of the energy wasted in an inefficient bathroom. According to the EPA, a faucet running for five minutes is equal to running a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours. This kind of stuff adds up. The entire bathroom can be a chance to save water, energy, and money. Rather than stressing every time you turn on a faucet, you can create a bathroom that naturally conserves for you.
Yes, among the lighting, toilet, faucet, and water fixtures, you can remodel on a budget and live more efficiently. Here’s how.
Remodel to Save Water
The plumbing industry offers a WaterSense seal of green approval, which is the equivalent to the electricity industry’s ENERGY STAR program. In order to earn the approval, which will save you money and possibly even offer rebates, your faucets and fixtures must:
- Be 20-percent more water-efficient than average products in the category
- Perform as well as or better than the other less-efficient options
- Realize savings on a national level
Consider this. You could easily reduce water to as little as 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) using a faucet like Kohler’s touchless bathroom faucet. Touchless faucets are showing up more and more in residential bathrooms due to their beauty and efficiency. The goal is to remodel with long-term savings in mind.
The shower, which accounts for 17 percent of all indoor water use, can be matched with a shower head whose flow doesn’t exceed 2.5 gmp. American Standard’s eco-friendly showerheads have a flow rate of as little as 1.5 gpm—or even less. Green innovations like EcoAIR handshower uses AIR-injection technology, making its 1.6 gpm feel more like 2.5 in power.
Lighting and Ventilation
Bathroom lighting sealed with an ENERGY STAR label is certifiably efficient and just as bright. You can get that great lighting without paying for it. And, with the amount of lighting used daily in the bathroom, savings can add up.
You don’t have to sacrifice quality to go greener in the bathroom. In fact, modern innovations on the eco front offer bathroom choices that will help your renovations look beautiful while promoting your health and running efficiently. Now that’s fresh.
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