So, you want to start going through the “Green Lifestyle”, but you are not sure where to start. How about the bathroom? Your bathroom is the right place to start because there are plenty of eco-friendly bathroom ideas for home improvement for you to choose from.
How to start by saving water? Your bathroom is where most water is wasted. Here are some home improvement ideas to make your bathroom environmentally friendly:
- Low Flow Aerator
You can install this low flow aerator on all your faucets and you can also get it on the shower head. This is good because what they do is add air to the water before coming out of the tap which in turn spreads the water to a much wider area. So, you don’t need to use as much water as possible for bathing, brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc. These low flow aerators limit the flow of water but they increase the strength and pressure of the water coming out, making it a smaller amount of water more effective.
- Paint your bathroom green, but it can be whatever color you want. Painting your bathroom will give you a nice new look, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money doing it. You also have to buy “green” paint, which is low paint or free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). This type of paint contains natural pigments from vegetable sources. Because the bathroom is generally a small space, you do not want to use paint containing hazardous vapors.
- The best way to save money and use less water is to increase your toilet. The old model toilet uses 3-5 gallons of water for each flush. Modern toilets only use one and a half gallons of water per flush. That is a savings of one half to three and one half gallon of water for each flush. If you add how many times you flush the toilet every day, you can see where this increase can save a lot of money. You will replace the cost of a new toilet in a short time. If you are really unable to update your toilet now, you can turn your older toilet into a low-flow toilet by putting a load on the tank.
To gain weight, find a container that is waterproof and rusty, such as a plastic milk jug or a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. Fill the bottle with gravel or sand and close it tightly. Put the bottle into the toilet tank, make sure the flapper, float, flush arm, and all the other components in the tank do not touch the bottle. The goal is to move some of the water in your toilet tank. When your tank is filled, it will fill with less water.
Another thing you can do if you are not in a position to replace the toilet is to install a dual-flush system in your old toilet. This gives your visitors the choice to use a little water or lots of water. You can buy and install this yourself around $ 30.00.
- Change your plastic shower curtain with those made from natural fibers. Plastic shower curtains emit toxic vapors due to the nature of soft plastic. You can buy linen or cotton curtains or make your own.
- Another option is a tankless water system for your bathroom. Instead of pulling hot water from your hot water heater, water is held in a separate reservoir. You don’t have to run water until it’s hot. Heated when passing the shower head or sink faucet. This change alone will save you a lot of money, not only on water but also on your electricity bill.