Want to Go Green? The Bathroom is a Great Place to Start!
It seems that in recent times people have become more and more aware of the environment, and the world that we live in. A lot of people are starting to look at ways that they can help to reduce their footprint on this planet. You may be wondering what it is that you can do to help. A great place to start is in your very own bathroom. Some of the things that you can do in your bathroom to help the environment is be aware of water and energy conservation, and a few other green methods that you can employ in your bathroom. Stick with us and we will teach you some of these options.
Water conservation has become a major part of being environmentally friendly. In many places there are ongoing droughts and a greater realisation of how important water is to all. Some of the water conservation efforts that you can make in your bathroom are to start taking showers instead of baths. Showers use a lot less water than baths, and if you limit your shower time to 5 minutes or so, you will be saving hundreds and hundreds of litres of water every week. You can install water-saving shower heads in your bar in your shower that will further help this process. And remember the old saying, “If it’s yellow let it mellow, and if it’s brown, flush it down”. Basically, this means that you do not have to flush the toilet every time you use it. Flushing the toilet, on average will use around 10 L of water every time.
Energy conservation is also important as the majority of our energy comes from non-renewable sources, that is, the burning of coal. To be more energy conscious in the bathroom, you can start by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs which use only a fraction of what the old traditional light bulbs use. And remember to turn the lights off when you are not in the bathroom, and also remember to keep an eye on heaters and fans that you may use in the room. They do not need to be running if no one is using the bathroom.
As well as conserving water and energy, there are some other steps you can take in your bathroom. For example, use chemical free products wherever possible. A lot of chemicals are being flushed down the drain and end up in our water supply. Using chemical free products can also be beneficial to your own well being, because a lot of these chemicals have been proven to be cancer producing agents. Another thing that you can do is to use recycled toilet paper. The technology used for recycling has become better and better in recent times, and recycled toilet paper is now of such a high-quality, that it is difficult to tell the difference. Finally, be careful of what you flushed down the toilet. Plastics should not be sent into our sewer system, as they can cause huge problems to the environment.