Ways to Save Energy in the Bathroom
When it comes to making your home more energy efficient, the bathroom is an easy place to start. Many of the fixes you can make to your bathroom to save energy are inexpensive and easy to do. Here are four ways to save energy in your bathroom:
- Install an energy efficient low-flow shower head: This can reduce water usage by 50 percent or more. A water-efficient showerhead uses no more than two gallons of water per minute, compared to the old standard of six gallons. You can also find showerheads that aerate the water, offering a drenching spray for only 1.25 gallons per minute.
- Encourage household members to take shorter showers:If two people in your home cut their shower time by one minute each, you could save up to $30 a year.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing:A running tap wastes more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute. Reducing this water flow can save you about $21 a year.
- Use less hot water when showering:You can lower your water heating costs by using and wasting less hot water in your home. Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, accounting for about 18 percent of your utility bill. With the average monthly utility bill at $115, this can save you up to $20 per month! In addition to saving money, you are also contributing to a healthier, greener planet.