It’s no surprise that the bathroom can produce a fair amount of unnecessary waste. It’s one of the most frequently visited rooms in the house, after all. Yet while some waste is unavoidable, there are many opportunities to minimize it to save money and protect the environment.
Here are 10 super simple waste-busting ideas you can implement today:
1. Use shower dispensers
When you install a shower dispenser it’s easy to control the exact volume of soap, shampoo and bath products used, rather than dispensing too much and pouring excess down the drain.
2. Install low-flow shower heads
Modern designs mean you won’t even notice you’re using less water when showering with a low-flow shower head. Look for a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gpm or less.
3. Install faucet aerators
Increase the efficiency of old faucets by installing an aerator. This works to restrict water flow rate without compromising performance. Go super green with aerators that have flow rates of 1.0 gpm or less.
4. Purchase foam hand soap dispensers
A reusable foam soap dispenser not only means fewer plastic disposable bottles in landfills, it also means less soap waste. Some stylish foam dispensers use 60 percent water and 20 percent soap to create rich suds.
5. Opt for showers over baths
A 10 minute shower uses about 25 gallons of water. The average bath uses 35-50 gallons of water. Opt for showers and save baths for a rare indulgence.
6. Shut off the shower
Even if you have a low-flow shower head, water often goes to waste. If you turn off the shower for just two minutes while lathering up, you’ll save at least 5 gallons of water.
7. Shut off the faucet
Just like the shower, running the faucet unnecessarily results in lots of water waste. Turn it off while you lather your hands with soap or brush your teeth. You’ll save a gallon or more a minute if you do.
8. Fix leaks
A leak of one drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water and can cost up to $35 per year, according to Energy.gov. Take the time to fix pipe and fixture leaks today.
9. Install motion lighting
Kids and adults often forget to turn off bathroom lights. Cut energy waste by installing a motion sensor that turns off lights automatically after a certain period of time.
10. Add a recycling bin
So many bathroom items can be recycled, from plastic containers to cardboard toilet paper tubes. A small receptacle placed next to the bathroom trash is a simple reminder to recycle.