Create a splash in your bathroom by modifying whatever the heck you do in there with these green habits for your bathroom. These will help the Earth as well as your own energy bills.
It’s not uncommon to see a wet footprint left on the bathroom floor after a bathe in the tub or a rinse in the shower and that’s OK, it’ll soak itself up in good time. It’s another type of footprint, however, that cannot be left unattended in the bathroom – your carbon footprint.
Every time you use the shower, bath or a basin filled with hot water, greenhouse gases are released, the big culprit of the bunch being Carbon Dioxide. We’ve all heard about the effects these gases have on the Earth’s atmosphere so stopping them at their source where possible paves your way for a potentially greener future and reduced living costs.
Some ways require more work than others but being awareness of possibilities is the first step towards a green outlook on your bathroom routines.
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Let it sink in…
Consider all the appliances in your bathroom that use either hot or cold water to properly function. Now out of these, think how many waste even the smallest amount of water on a regular basis?
The answer is all of them. It’s quite simply impossible to save every last drop of water from all of your bathroom appliances. Water is going to be wasted and we can’t stop that altogether, so that’s why there are methods and habits you can adopt to reduce the amount of water going to waste in bathrooms:
Tapping into the problem
Prime candidates for saving water are your bathroom taps. An easy green habit to start off with and merge into your routine is to turn the tap off while brushing your teeth. We’ve all been told it before, but brushing is such a quick job that it’s easy to forget turning the tap every few seconds.
A running tap can waste up to six litres per minute which, in a household of four, could overfill a standard sized bath tub on a daily basis. A green change would prevent this by tackling the problem at its source.
Tap faucets can also be fitted with pressure regulators to prevent dripping after use, ensuring water is not being wasted. The regulators contain small, precise holes or filters that control the flow of the water without affecting how it feels during use. You’ll be just as clean but greener too.
There are power showers out there that use more water than a bath. They are so far from green they’re almost a deep crimson. Needless to say, all mention of them ends here.
Most showers, however, use significantly less water than a bath and can be fitted with a similar system to that of taps to regulate water flow. Modern technology allows new water-efficient showerheads to reduce the amount of water being used without changing the pressure of your shower and, in some cases, provide a water flow that feels much greater.
If that’s not for you, there are other, cheaper, ways. Place a container beneath the showerhead to catch water while your shower warms up – you’ll be surprised how much you collect and save for other uses.
Also, setting an alarm to sound after a specified length of time for each shower you take means the same amount of water will roughly be used each time. Another green habit that doesn’t cost anything but can have just as much of an impact.
A dip without a wasted drip
Bathers do not typically fill their bath to maximum capacity. Which is approximately 80 litres for a standard sized tub, although there are tubs that are larger and, consequently, much less green.
It really depends on how much water you use. Some days a quick soak is all that’s needed, yet other days, and probably the favoured option, you’ll want to immerse yourself in hot, bubbly water after a long day.
You’ve just got to ask yourself the question – is the time spent in the bath justifiable for the amount of water that’s being used to provide you with a relaxing soak? If you know deep down it isn’t then you need to change your habits, because even a half-full tub uses a great deal of water.
You can also combine your green habits applied to taps and showers. Pressure regulators on the bath taps will ensure no water is wasted through dripping and a container positioned like in the shower to catch water before it heats up is another water-saving habit. This water can then be used to help wash away soap suds once the tub has been drained.
We’ll end at the exit with toilets. Fortunately, most toilets now come with an environmentally friendly dual flush option which allows for the choice between a small flush and a big flush depending on the waste in the bowl.
Using the less powerful flush as often as possible saves a significant amount of water but it must be kept in mind that two small flushes do not always equate to one big, more powerful, flush. If you’re giving your bathroom a makeover, a dual flush toilet is an essential addition that hugely improves your green habits.
Don’t worry, however, if your home is without a dual flush toilet and there is no impending makeover of your bathroom – another option to save water is simply to not use your toilet for unnecessary disposals.
Of course, not everyone will be guilty of doing this, but those of you in the habit of using the toilet to get rid of used tissues, cotton pads and other small pieces of bathroom waste need to leave a little, visible reminder to use the bin. Gallons of water will be saved and your green habits in the bathroom are already on the up.