Bathroom remodeling continues to be one of the most popular and smart investments for homeowners. In my opinion, it’s just as important as having a smart home automation system for your use.
If you are into remodeling, give green a shot. Giving your bathroom a green makeover isn’t all about saving on the energy cost. Many homeowners have failed to realize that the design and comfort brought by green bathrooms is cutting edge. Read on to learn about the very benefits of this makeover.
What Does Green Bathroom Renovation Mean?
Green remodeling can mean a lot of different things. Essentially, the goal of this type of remodeling is to ensure all functions, components, fixtures and even flooring of the bathroom are eco-friendly. In short, going green is all about ensuring your bathroom has minimal harmful impact on the environment.
How Much Does It Cost?
It’s hard to label a price tag on going green. That’s because the level of green makeover each homeowner is keen on committing is always different. But one thing is certain, green remodeling doesn’t mean a higher initial expense. Plus, this investment is going to save you a ton of money on utility bills.
But let me make one thing clear, going green shouldn’t be about energy savings only. This project is going to create a healthy environment for you and your family. It involves the use of low maintenance materials which are going to last longer than you think. So basically, you are doing everything you can to pass a better world onto the next generation.
Why Choose Green Bathroom Remodeling Anyway?
A green bathroom makeover comes with several benefits such as:
Reduced Power Consumption
High energy bills are the concern of every other household. People are willing to do anything they can to lower this expense. With the green renovation, it’s possible to reduce your energy bill by 40 percent. How? By replacing traditional lights with LED lights, for instance. This is just one example; there are many other ways to save energy.
Most bathrooms have materials containing VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). This compound has a history of releasing toxic gases throughout its lifetime, which can be harmful to humans as well as the environment. Going green means replacing all such harmful materials with eco-friendly materials.
Reduced Water Wastage
Did you know you are wasting 20% of the water in your home by flushing the toilet alone? This is followed by water wastage during daily showers, dishwashing, and so on.
Green bathroom renovation allows us to solve this problem. Water wastage is reduced by the installation of greywater systems, low-flow faucets, green showerheads, and flow-flush or upflush toilets.
Where to Begin?
Are you ready to give green bathroom renovation a shot? Here are some green strategies for creating a high-quality, comfortable, energy-efficient, and lasting bathroom remodel:
- Maximize insulation for a warmer bathroom and less noise pollution.
- Going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or design. Upgrade your bathroom by installing energy-efficient fixtures featuring great designs and water efficiency benefits.
- Consider installing an on-demand water heater or tankless water heater for instant hot water. You won’t have to keep the faucet open for hot water to arrive, hence resulting in reduced water wastage.
- Install radiant heating in ceilings, walls, and floors. Although it’s a luxury, it is a healthy way to ensure heat consistency since it does not stir up dust particles in the air.
- Use stone or ceramic countertops, wall tiles, and flooring. Materials like these are waterproof, moisture resistant, and last for a long time. There is no shortage of beautiful ceramic and stone slabs out in the market.
- Go for task-specific lighting connected to independent switches. This allows you to turn up the lights for any situation like doing your makeup in front of the vanity. By installing these lights, you would be reducing energy consumption since the lights will be turned on when needed.
See how useful green bathroom renovation can be? If you are really into saving money and playing your part in reducing carbon footprint, start from your home – particularly your bathroom.
Talk to your contractor about going green. Start simple by installing energy-efficient hot water heaters or low-flush toilets and slowly move towards bigger renovations. Some of these may require major work, so they are ideal for incorporating when you next renovate your bathroom.
Doing this will not only help save our precious environment, but it will also reduce your water and power bills too. Keep in mind that we all have a role to play in protecting the environment.