When we talk about energy efficiency, we’re usually talking about windows. However, your bathroom is another area that can significantly impact your carbon footprint and your energy bills. You probably know that your water heater plays a significant role in your electricity bill, but did you know moving water to and from your home also takes electricity? Let’s dive into how you can #GoGreen with your bathroom!
1. Don’t Forget About the Bathroom Extractor Fan
Extractor fans control odors within the bathroom and take away moisture from the space, preventing your bathroom and mirror from fogging up. While it’s helpful, it’s a big source of energy consumption. Unfortunately, after turning it on, it can be easily forgotten! Make sure that you’re using the fan only when necessary and for as short a time as possible.
Over time, the effectiveness of older fans can diminish, so be sure to check that your extractor fan is doing everything you need it to. Switching to an updated fan can decrease energy consumption and help keep moisture away from your walls more effectively. This is a popular upgrade in our bathroom remodels.
2. Turn Down the Temperature on Your Water Heater
Water heaters are famous for being one of the most significant energy-draining appliances within your home! It regulates the heat of your water but works in the background, so most people don’t pay them much attention. The standard default temperature is set at 140 degrees, twenty degrees higher than what is recommended! Drop the temperature to 120 degrees to cut the cost of energy while also being kinder to your pipes and extending their life.
If your home still has a tank water heater (they store hot water and run continuously to maintain the warm temperature), switching to a new, tankless water heater is another great way to conserve energy.
3. Switch to LED Lights
This may be the most effortless switch! If your bathroom is too bright, slightly unscrewing the extra bulbs will immediately cut down on energy use. If you want to go the extra mile, switching out your traditional CFL light bulbs for LED bulbs will lower your energy usage – plus, they can last more than 20x as long!
4. Save Water
Since moving water to and from your house also raises energy usage, saving water is another way to conserve electricity. Here are some changes you can make:
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
Install a water-saving showerhead
Jump in the shower as soon as it’s hot!
Install efficient faucets
Switch your traditional toilet for a low-flow toilet
Add a faucet aerator to save water without sacrificing water pressure
Fix leaks ASAP!
Anything you leave plugged in, even if it’s not on, uses electricity. Make sure you unplug hair accessories, electric toothbrushes, electric razors, etc. to avoid any extra power use. Also, be sure to check on them frequently if they need time to heat up. Make sure they are not just sitting around using energy!
We can’t talk about energy efficiency and not mention windows! If you have windows or skylights in your bathroom, they allow air to enter and exit the room, making it harder for your home to heat or cool the area. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, our replacement window company prioritizes cutting-edge technology to help you lower those ever-climbing energy costs. Many of our customers start saving the very same day that their windows are installed! Learn more here.
Even if you’re not thinking about remodeling, these small changes can help you reduce your electric bill and lower your carbon footprint. Do your part for the planet and #GoGreen!
If you’re contemplating including these changes into your next bathroom remodel, we want to help! Click here to schedule your free quote and make sure to check out our special offers and see where you can save!