These energy saving tips for the bathroom provide a great way to reduce electric and water bills, while helping to protect the environment too. Updating the bathroom is a big job to take on, so why not make the most of it and incorporate as many energy efficient features as you can? If you do everything at once, then it will be cheaper in the long run. Make sure to follow our energy saving tips for a more efficient and eco-friendly bathroom.
Water efficient showers and taps
It’s amazing just how much water can be wasted when brushing your teeth or your face, so get into the habit of switching the tap off when doing either of these things.
When choosing new bathroom taps opt for ones which incorporate a water saving cartridge; these allow you to select a full or 50% reduced flow rate to significantly reduce your water usage. Sensor basin taps provide a great way to save water as they only operate when your hand is moved over or touches the sensor, and after a few seconds the water turns off.
Choosing an aerating shower head instead of a standard one helps to reduce your water heating bill, and saves water too, but without compromising on a luxurious showering experience. It’s worth pointing out that if you have an electric shower, you won’t be able to fit an aerating head.
Aerating taps work in pretty much the same way as the shower head, and use less water while providing the impression of a high flow rate. It’s not worth fitting aerating taps to the bath, as it will take ages to fill, instead choose a smaller bath to save water.
Any leaking taps should be repaired as soon as possible, and a hot water tap that constantly drips can actually waste enough water to fill half a bath in just one week! So, turn the taps of fully, and if they do start to leak, fix them straight away. Leaking or dripping taps are usually a sign that the washer needs replacing; an easy DIY job.
Dual flush toilets
Each time you flush the toilet it means the water has to be purified and pumped round again, all of which can waste water and energy. Approximately 30% of water used in the home is flushed down the toilet every day. Toilets with a water-saving dual flush cistern are designed to reduce the volume of water used for flushing.
Simply by fitting a dual flush toilet you can save over 16,000 litres of water each year!
Take a quick shower
Did you know that if everyone in a family of four has a five minute shower instead of a bath once a week, you’ll save up to £15 a year on gas bills and up to £25 on water bills, for those who have a water metre.
Plus, having a shower uses around 20% of the hot water that’s needed for bath.
Energy efficient lighting
If you’re choosing new light fixtures for the bathroom make sure to invest in LED lights. Although they cost more than standard lights, LEDs have a far longer lifespan compared to energy guzzling halogens, and the money you save on electricity will pay for the extra cost several times over.
Floor and wall insulation
One of the biggest ways to save energy in your home is to insulate the walls, so now is the best time to take the bathroom walls into consideration.
When the old fittings and tiles have been removed it’s a good idea to insulate inside each external wall of the bathroom, and if you have cavity walls, insulate them by having the cavity filled. Don’t forget to insulate the floor if your bathroom is located on the ground floor.
A bathroom that’s well insulated creates a more welcoming space, especially on those cold winter days.
Fit an extractor fan
Condensation in the bathroom is a typical problem, and fitting a new window and insulating the walls can help, but you will still need to fit an extractor fan to remove the excess moisture in the air.
When choosing an extractor fan, consider opting for one with heat recovery, which recovers heat from the warm humid air it extracts, and then uses it to pre-heat the cold incoming air. This provides a great way to get rid of the condensation but without wasting the heat.
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Author: Liz Robinson