The bathroom is taking center stage as more homeowners strive to go green and make thoughtful changes to better the environment. If you want to join the movement and reduce your environmental footprint, here are a few simple ways to get started.
1. Swap out lights
Change out old, dated incandescent bulbs with energy-sipping compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). By changing one bulb you can save between $30 and $80 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb, according to energystar.gov.
2. Go low flow
Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. If your toilet is decades old, it’s time for a low-flow upgrade. By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can save nearly 13,000 gallons of water every year.
3. Select sustainable flooring
Ready to upgrade your dated bathroom flooring? There are numerous eco-smart flooring options to choose from. Bamboo flooring is beautiful and a sustainable choice. Another option is to shop for unique reclaimed tile.
4. Add aerators
Adding aerators to your sink is an easy DIY project that can cut water waste significantly. In fact, you can save up to 40 percent of the water used by sink faucets when you add a new efficient aerator, and you’ll probably never notice a difference.
5. Green the countertop
If you need a new vanity top, consider going green. Recycled options are plentiful and come in endless colors and styles. Look for options made from recycled materials like glass, cement, porcelain and paper.
6. Use low VOC paint
A new coat of paint is one of the most affordable, yet dramatic, ways to update your bathroom. Cut fumes and toxins by selecting paints with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) label.
7. Clean naturally
Typical bathroom cleaners are some of the harshest around. You don’t need to go hardcore to get your bathroom sparkling clean. Instead, do a quick search online and make your own cleaners out of extremely effective, environmentally friendly ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar and essential oils.